Year of the Cat
OK… another stretch.. the name on the cowling of this aircraft is “Paper Tiger”…
Whadda ya think…? qualify?
This is the SWS Zoukei-Maura 1/32 AD-1H Skyraider
FIRST … This is an excellent kit. Well engineered, well designed, accurate in all respects, as far as I can tell, and makes into a beautiful model. I was so impressed with it when I got it that I had to also get their P-51D. (particularly for the “Miss Marilyn II” decals”
SECOND… This will be the last SWS kit I ever make. I felt like I was an employee in the Douglas aircraft factory. I felt as if I were actually constructing a real airplane. This is so detailed and has so many optional moving parts I felt I was doing an old Monogram moving parts kit. Again, don’t get me wrong, this is an excellent kit… BUT… considering how much scotch it took me to complete this little beauty and the fact I almost went out of my mind I will pass on any others. This is not a slam on SWS but I am too old to suffer through this as long as I did. I shelved it for about eight months then went back to it. All the moving parts… guess what? … I glued them. However I would recommend this to a person a lot younger than me to have a go at it. As a matter of fact, I gave the P-51D, (less the decals to be used on a Tamiya P-51D. Old Adage.. Keep your wife happy by building a model in her name… somebody said that, I don’t think it was Confucius) to my very good friend Erich who is quite a bit younger than I and he has years left to go bonkers with it.
I made this into the A/C flown by Lt Com “Ed” Greenhouse of VA-25 off USS Midway. He named his A/C “Paper Tiger”. VA-25 “Fist of the Fleet” has to be one of my favorite USN squadrons.
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