Douglas A-1H Skyraider – Tamiya 1/48
Today's first post brings another work I've just put some finishing touches onto. The kit is, of course, Tamiya's venerable 1/48 scale "Bumble-Bee boxing". I chose to build this out of the box, as I liked the look of the VA-52 "Knightriders" outfit.
With regards to the exact authenticity of the build, I know there are some mistakes and even some things I'd do differently in retrospect... but first of all I acknowledge that this loadout is heavy and likely not realistic for a USN Skyraider, for a number of reasons I won't go into. Regardless, I wanted to show some diversity in the loadout, and I think it looks cool with all three fuel tanks on... So consider my artistic license exercised. 😉
The built was very straight-forward, and I encountered no major fit issues, as most people who've built this kit would testify. The only addition I saw fit to provide was seatbelts, and an antenna. Because the kit has an option to pose the slotted flaps and the airbrakes open, I was suckered into opening them up, mainly because I felt that the insides were worth showing off.
Paints used were my usual mix of [primarily] Vallejo, MM, and Tamiya acrylics. All decals used were from the kit. I masked and painted the prop blade tips, instead of using the decals provided. The decals are typical Tamiya thick, but went down OK. Weathering was oil wash as usual. Exhaust stains done using Tamiya Smoke to make the base, then the usual Tamiya weathering pastels to overlay some variations. In this regard I've found that their Rust, Soot, and Snow kit is a great combo for exhaust stains.
Lastly, I have to thank Chuck Villaneuva for coming through and helping me out in a time of need with this kit. I can't thank him enough!
I hope you enjoy!
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