Monogram 1/48 AD-6 backdated to an AD-3 of VMA 212 in Korea
This started out as OOB build using kit decals. Unfortunately they were toast and did not cooperate when being applied. I used Euro decals for the Skyraider and they were excellent. I scratchbuilt the early AERO bomb racks then added Eduard 250s complete with the etch fuses. My eyes will never be the same. The main wing pylons are from a Hasegawa P-47 with Eduard 500 pounders. The center 1000 pounder is True Details (whatever happened to them?). I scratch built the rack for it which was mounted with explosive bolts do the bomb would clear the prop if used in dive bombing. The AD-3s only carried one 20mm in each wing. I left the extra armor plate on as it could have been an add on. Paint is MM Glossy Sea Blue (the best) with a semi gloss over coat. Exhaust streaking was created using Tamiya Weathering pastels. Nice stuff. Usually I airbrush but I like the effect here.
A special tip of the old flight cap to buddy Jim Sullivan who helped me along with sage advise and photo support. Tailspin Topics and other similar were used as well. The old Monogram kit still shows well. It will be added to the Korean War build. Thanks for taking a look.
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