1/48 AD-4NA Skyraider
A few years ago, I decided to try and fold the wings on one of my 1/48 Monogram AD-6 skyraiders. the parts seemed to be there, but it was not mentioned in the instructions.
One problem with cutting the wings is that it is impossible to keep the very narrow hinge arms. I put a pause on the build long enough to be intrigued byt the release of some cutting edge decals for an AD-4N.
The Monogram AD-6 can be converted into an AD-4N with an etch set by Airwaves which also provides wing fold detail. I only used the doors as templates to mark out where the doors should be aided by the squadron In Action book on the Skyraider. Unfortunately, the drawing is incorrect for the AD-4N, as the doors on the actual aircraft are directly opposite each other. As you can see by my photos, I had already painted and decalled the fuselage before I noticed the mistake. I was able to remark, and move the etch door as well as the bulged door window which I pulled myself with a form and some heated clear thermoform. I then was able to mask a small section and respray the fuselage colour.
Cockpit is the KMC resin replacement set, and I used the resin cowling as well.
I worked the wing hinges up from thick plastic card and augmented them with some wire hidden behind them for reinforcement.
I airbrushed some exhaust stains on the fuselage before attaching the wings. I used a template for each wing similar to how i set up the flded wings on my 1/48 F7F-2N build here in imodeller.
Napalm tanks are F4U-1 centerline tanks from the Tamiya kit, with backdated wing pylons, and the bombs are a mix of Monogram F9F Panther kit 250lb and 500lb bombs. Centerline bomb is from a Tamiya AD-6 skyraider kit with scratch built straps from plastic card as done for my 1/48 Tamiya AD-4 build also here on Imodeller.
Thanks for looking!
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