Monograms 1/48th Douglas AD-6 Skyraider, USMC Korean War
Someone had mentioned that you don't see too many of the Blue Skyraiders of the late WWII/Korean War Era. Well I built one a year ago for the ARC 100 year Naval Air Anniversary GB. One of 3 kits I completed. I decided to go with a USMC Skyraider that participated in the Korean War. One of the ways to approach a GSB scheme that isn't so glossy after some time in the Korean harsh climate. How I did this was after the clear coat was sprayed after the decal step, I went over the top, leading edge of the tail and wings. Creating a blotchy look that is better seen in real time than viewing here in the images. Started a Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat that will be overall black, which again started out glossy. But I will be a little bit more aggressive on the weathering on that project. On the Skyraider I ended up not using the decals shown on the 2nd image. A fellow modeler pointed out a sheet by Fantasy Print Shop which was more correct for this version. The Eagle Strike sheet had different variants that would had to modify the Monogram kit or a Tamiya kit that had the side door on the RH side of the fuselage, thus eliminating the side dive brakes. Plus some other mods I was not prepared to do. The only other mod was a set of True Detail wheels. Otherwise it was built right out of the box. The real noticeable feature on this kit is that the engine cowl is short. Comparing a Tam kit cowl you can see the difference. Otherwise it is not a difficult build. Some sink marks to fill, otherwise the typical raised panel lined, detail in the cockpit is fair, and easy to detail. Seatbelts are molded on the seat. Aeromaster Acrylic Glossy Sea Blue was used throughout. Have 4 more Skyraiders left in the stash, 2 Navy and 2 Air Force Sandy's. 2 Hase 72nd scale and a pair of Tamiyas Skyraiders. The rockets on this kit are borrowed from the Tamiya kit, as I will configure that kit with a different tasking once I start to build it. Thanks for viewing.