S 38B Skyraider
By 1972 a number of the remaining Skyraiders in the Royal Swedish Air Force inventory were re-designated from A (attack) to S (spaning) for the new role as search and rescue aircraft to operate over the Baltic sea and the West coast. A great number of persons were rescued with the assistance of the Skyraider, including Polish, Baltic and East German refugees. Equipped with inflatable Viking rafts in specially made containers and Mk 24 flares and Mk 58 smoke markers the S 38s performed a search pattern over the specific location. Once the missing persons were located a marker was dropped to mark the place. Depending on the situation a decision was made if a raft was to be launched or if the situation was safe as it was. Ships, flying boats or helicopters were now called in and the S 38 was kept on station for as long as it was needed to direct the effort. The main base for all S 38s was the F 8 wing (Barkarby), right north of Stockholm, but aircraft rotated between Gothenburg, Visby and Luleå as needed.
The model is Tamiya´s fantastic rendition in 1/48 of the famous Skyraider. Vallejo colours were used throughout the build except for the day-glow bands as they were a 50/50 mix of Lifecolor and Vallejo. Weathering was done with oils. Decals are from Moose republic and Flying colors. The rafts are bombs with a parachute pack of putty and straps of tape strips. The Mk 24 and 58 markers are scratched. To mask and paint all bands was a true pain in the bottom...
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