A 1 H Skyraider
Picture the following scenario: It is 1969, a Navy A-6 crew has gone down in enemy territory and the NVA is closing in for the kill. The aviators are at the mercy of the jungle and an enemy hell bent on capturing Yankee Air Pirates. The only thing that stands between them and the enemy is a Sandy rescue mission. With their emergency radios switched to the survival frequency it would only be a matter of hours before a Sandy rescue mission would come to save them from the clutches of the enemy.
After spending a harrowing night in an alien hostile environment hiding from the NVA, they are faced with the prospect of capture as a sizeable NVA force comes into view. Just then the early morning air rumbles with the mighty roar of a Spad as it sweeps in low with vortices streaking its wingtips as it cuts a path through the humid jungle air. “Bravo 6, this is Sandy One, over…”
My 1/48 scale Tamiya A 1 H Skyraider represents a Spad from the 602nd SOS based at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB (Naked Fanny) Thailand 1969. She is dressed up for a typical long range rescue flight deep into North Vietnam carrying 8000 lbs of ordinance She is armed with 4 M3 guns in her wings, each containing 200 rounds of 20 mm ammo. Her guns are further complemented by a six barrel SUU 11 minigun spitting pure hell fire at 100 rounds per second. She also carries two LAU-68 seven tube rocket pods and FOUR 19 tube LAU-19’s. To top everything off, she carries 6 SUU-14 cluster bomb dispensers and two drop tanks.
My Spad is decked out in a typical Southeast Asia scheme courtesy of ModelMaster enamels. Weathering was done with Tamiya weathering kits and pastels
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