Matchbox 1/48 AD-5 Skyraider
I chose the AD-5N (A-1G), VA(AW)-33, USS Forestal, USN, as my first attempt at this ancient kit. At the time I built it, we were lucky enough to even have it, let alone aftermarket parts… During it’s “lifetime”, I’ve seen it go from a $10-12 kit, to a highly sought after, “collectable”, $30-40, then to a Revell re-pop, at $35, less discount..
Meanwhile, it’s toy-like quality never changed, or was updated. Keep in mind, when this kit as first issued, (1981?), any options, like folding wings, or lowered flaps, were considered “detail”, unmatched by most kits in that price range. Unfortunately, while costs increased, quality did not, however, even at $35, you will not find close in a kit of it’s size by any other manufacturer. Because it was re-popped by Revell, it’s doubtful any one else will do it any time soon, and it is a kit neccesary to complete a Skyraider collection, so your choices are limited.
If you are lucky enough to even find the aftermarket goodies, it will easily triple the cost of the kit, and you’ll still have then initial work to do, and as Craig pointed out, it’s no picnic.
I enjoyed the build, but as you know, I’ve always been a glutton for punishment. I don’t recall any major fit problems, or putty work. Eventually I’ll get around to doing the USAF version, but it will probably have little added except interior detail, and different paint.
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