XA2D-1 Skyshark – monster figher that failed (ClearProp 1:48)
It is big bird, looking either elegant and weird. It was planned as turboprop-powered heavy attack fighter for US Navy carrier decks in 1950s.
However, Navy did not allowed the plane to operate due to troublesome power unit and due to its weight and size.
Therefore, Skyshark stayed as excellent sidestep which lead to nowhere. In the end, just 12 Skysharks were built and only eight ever flew, including the two that crashed.
My one should represent second prototype, originally painted overall blue, with different rudder and with tailhook. Later, the tailhook was removed and rudder was replaced with larger one. Blue color was washed down and prototype was then tested in NMF.
When I see it finished in my display case I agree with admirals.
It is behemoth, almost the same size as E-2C Hawkeye, for sure they have the same height!
The kit itself has also pros and cons:
different rudder not in the box
wrong panel lines and missing additional air cooling
complicated fuselage build.
not fitting ejection seat.
Thanks to ClearProp to bring this beast to the market! Job well done!
Colors used: Mr. Paint overall blue, then Mr. Color, Tamiya and Vallejo.
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