A 38A Skyraider
This is my rendition of a Skyraider in the use of the Royal Swedish Air Force if the Sandy CSAR concept had been brought to the temperate and sub-arctic forests and mountains of the Scandinavian peninsula from the steaming jungles of Vietnam and Laos. An environment that is as lethal and unforgiving as any place if you are unfortunate of going down in a parachute.
The model is once again Tamiya´s excellent A-1 Skyraider in 1/48. The load consists of two drop tanks, a podded minigun, 6 x Mk 81 “Lady finger” low drag iron bombs (some with extended fuses) and a couple of LAU-68 pods for FFARs. The wing guns are made of aluminium tubing from Albion.
The model is painted in the camouflage known from the Saab J 35 Draken interceptors, olive green and dark blue. An extremely well suited camouflage for the local conditions of deep green forests, lakes and mountains. The pattern follow the standard USAF camouflage outlines. Paints are entirely from the Vallejo Model Air range of hobby paints. Decals are from Flying colors and Moose republic.
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