1/48 Tamiya Douglas A-1J Skyraider
Well, here it is. Skyraider, Sandy, Spad… call it as You wish, but this is the icon from Vietnam war.
I was searching for this model for some time, As long as I really wanted to get one from Zoukei Moura, You know… there is always matter of, for me, extreme high price, I really would like to get one some time… So, it came to Tamiya. I get this one nasty boy, and it was real joy to build. I’ve done some scratch in cockpit, on air brakes, wheel wells…
I decided to put the pilot into cockpit, the cockpit is so small so it would be barely visible inside with the model assembled. I put some Bravo 6 decals onto the shoulder and the helmet of the pilot.
The real, but hey! the real problem with this kit was thtat this is Vietnam era plane without Napalm in the box! I was very dissapointed with that, but I didn’t want to order aftermarket Napalm, so I armed it OOB.
Whole paint job was done after the Gunze primer with Akan colors… Well, let’s hear colonel Kurtz “horror, horror, horror”… I finally managed to overcome all the problems connected with Akan. After drying they looked very well.
Whole model was put to gloss and decals… They are superb. I could cut them, slice them, I could put them to every panel… Excellent!
I did some weathering on the exhaust as I saw it on a real thing, little scratches and little oils… I armed it to the teeh, and… it took off.
Enjoy and feel free to comment, cheers!
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