1/48 scale Monogram A-1H Skyraider
Hello all! In the hopes of instigating another flash mob group build, I present to you my Monogram A-1H Skyraider that I had finished a couple years ago. I built it for a buddy of mine to represent his uncle's Spad flown over Vietnam. His uncle was actually mentioned by name on page 16 of Osprey's A-1 Skyraider Units of the Vietnam War. LT(jg) Scott Wilkes was assigned to VA-215 Barn Owls. There was this one particular mission where his airplane took a lot of enemy fire but he managed to nurse it out of the AO and bail out over Laos. He was soon after picked up by friendly forces and was able to return to his unit. I managed to research, find and recreate unit specific markings so that I could print out custom decals to represent his particular aircraft.
The airframe itself was built out of the box, the ordinance came from a Hasegawa weapons set and I used a True Details weapons pylon set. Paint was Model Master gloss enamels (to avoid the need for a gloss clear coat), weathering was done with pastels and it was all sealed up with Model Master Clear Flat Acryl. The base was a plaque that I stained along the edges, then covered with balsa wood that I painted and scuffed up to represent the deck of the USS HANCOCK circa 1966.