FAA Skyraider Mk.1 & Tow Tractor.
This is a What-if I made a couple of years ago in the markings of a Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm Skyraider.
The Royal Navy had in fact, operated the AD-4W early warning Skyraider, designated AEW.1 and flown by 849 Naval Air Squadron during the 1950s.
I’ve always liked the aircraft ever since I was bought a Revell 1/40th scale Skyraider by my grandfather. It had working features if my memory serves me correctly, this included, folding wings, retracting undercarriage and detailed engine to name but a few.
The kit I’ve built here is the 1/48th scale Tamiya Douglas A-1H Skyraider.
This was the fifth Tamiya Skyraider I had built. The others being, Two U.S. Navy, and Two U.S.A.F Skyraiders.
Normally, I keep aftermarket details to a minimum, but this time I used a Eduard Zoom set, several Quickboost Resin Sets, including Plylons, gun barrels, a boot cockpit enclosure and antennas. The decals came from various aftermarket sheets.
The main colours of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky are from the Mr Hobby range of paints. The remainder being Tamiya Acrylics.
The marking represents a Skyraider Mk1 of 700A NAS based at RNAS Culdrose (HMS Seahawk) Cornwall.
The nose art is a pirates face deriving from the comic opera, The Pirates of Penzance.
The tail markings depict the letter ‘A ‘ with a hawk, and the CU tail code for Culdrose.
I chose 771 fuselage number because my son arranged a flight for me with 771 NAS in a Sea King before they dispanded.
The Tow Tractor a Skunkworks 1/48th Royal Navy Tractor painted with Tamiya Acrylics and weathered with a Flory wash.
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