1/48th AD-5 Skyraider
Hello Folks, here’s my latest just off the building table. It’s an AD-5 Skyraider built from the 1/48th Revell kit. As many of you know, that kit is a re-release of the old Matchbox kit from back in the 70’s. The advantages of working with the Revell kit was a better grade of plastic and a very nice new decal sheet…which of course I didn’t use. The kit is basic and primitive by today’s standards and needed quite a bit of work to reach toward my goal of making a respectable AD-5/A-1E model. I used the Cobra resin cockpit set and True Details wheels (with some of the bulge taken out). The prop came from the Monogram Skyraider kit. I replaced the thick kit canopy with a Squadron vacuform one. The decals used came from a fine sheet recently released by Caracal (CD48050) which included markings for about eight or so different AD-5/A-1E’s. This model is in the markings of USMC AES-12 (Aircraft Engineering Squadron-12) and based at MCAS Quantico, VA in the late 50’s. The paint was airbrushed using Model Master enamels. It is my hope that some day, one of model companies will release a ‘modern’ AD-5/A-1E kit as that plane had quite a bit of history in the service of the USN, USMC and USAF. Any comments or observations are most welcome. Next up on my building list will be a 1/48th Hasegawa F4U-5 in the markings of VF-44.
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