Fast Ford- Tamiya 1/72 F4D-1 Skyray
Wow how the world has changed since I last posted on here! Hope this finds everyone safe and healthy. Anyway, here is my latest build. The masterful super kit by Tamiya of the Douglas F4D-1 Skyray, in 1/72. I choose to paint mine in a scheme based off of company concept art by Douglas chief artist R.G. Smith. The build was super easy, bing Tamiya. If you have ever built one of their kits, you know how they practically fall together. The kit was built mostly OOB, with the exception of some detailing on the ejection seat, and some added decals from the spares box. Paint is good old model master Dark Sea Blue, fs15042. Wet sanded with high grit finishing abrasives before a pledge clear coat process.
The base is a scratch built carrier deck made with planking from strips of basswood, with styrene for the rest of the details. Painted with a custom mixed USN postwar grey deck color. Highlights were done with gull gray. The centerline is flat sunflower, with the chipping done with a sponge and the main deck color. Again, all Model Master paints.The boarding ladder is also scratch built from pictures. Definitely a little inspiration from ‘Bridges at Tokyo-Ri’, watched that a few times while building this one. May need to dig out my little Hasegawa panther sometime…
I’m pretty happy with this one. Being Tamiya, any and all flaws are entirely on me! Maybe one day I’ll snag the 48th kit of the Ford. Such a neat looking early jet to me! Thanks for taking a look! Questions and comments are welcome. Thanks, guys!
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