Anigrand resin 1/72d North American AJ-2 Savage
Another recent escapee from my “shelf of doom” is this 1/72d scale AJ-2 Savage.
I picked up this kit at the last IPMS/USA National in Columbus Ohio and worked on it off and on till last month when I decided to finish it up. There were no major problems encountered in construction other than the usual pin holes, etc associated with resin kits. The canopy is clear resin and has been dipped multiple times in Future but there were some embedded impurities that I couldn’t fix. The kit also included metal landing gear which given the amount of weight it took to balance it on the nose wheel is a very good thing.
The subject; “Cho Cho” of VC-6 was lost in August 1954 when the tail hook broke while landing on the USS Yorktown (CV-10). From the pictures on the reference CD provided with the kit, it appears that “Cho Cho” was factory fresh without any chipping or even exhaust stains, hence the “pristine” look of my build. I noted that no corroguard was applied to the leading edges of the wings etc. so that was a bonus as well keeping things simple. I did cheat on the nav lights on the wing tips, as I didn’t graft in clear domes on the outboard sides of the tip tanks, my fun meter was already pegged at that point.
The main markings are from two extra AJ-2 decal sheets done for Nostalgic Plastic which I got at the same time as the kit. They laid down nicely over Testors Gloss Sea Blue and any silvering was cured with an dose of Solvaset. The stencils are from a Verlinden 1/72d dry transfer set and other than the “No Step” markings around the wing walks are my approximations of the stencils seen in photographs to add some interest to an otherwise monotone finish. The final finish is a coat of Alclad light sheen clear coat. This was a big airplane, almost as big as the A3D Skywarrior that replaced it. I included a photo with a 1/72d F-4 Phantom II for scale and also a photo including a 1/72d scale Mk 6 shape. It’s worth noting that the smallest USAF aircraft that could carry the Mk 6 was the B-29.