1/48 AD-4 - Korean War Group Build.
This is the Tamiya A-1H kit backdated to a late model AD-4. The model depicts an aircraft assigned to VA-95 aboard USS Philippine Sea during 1952-53. The main things involved in backdating a Viet Nam era Skyraider to a Korean War AD-4 are removal and replacement of antennas on the spine, removal of the beacon on the vertical fin, removal and replacement of the late style centerline pylon, and replacement of the large inboard wing pylons with the original short ones. I used MDC resin replacements for the last item.
Some Korean War Skyraiders did carry the aluminum appliqué armor around the cockpit and forward belly. The armor was introduced late in the AD-4 production run and was retrofitted to many earlier AD-4s and AD-3s.
I configured the plane for the ASW “Gator” mission. As such, it carries two Mk.54 depth bombs sourced from an Accurate Miniatures TBM and six HVARs from the Tamiya kit. Each CV flew ASW patrols using an AD-4 or -4N in the “Gator/killer” role paired with an AD-4W operating in the “Guppy/Hunter” role. Soviet submarines were a potential threat during the entire war.
I painted the model with 40-45 year old Humbrol Authentic GSB. It pays to stock up early!
Decals were scrounged from Aeromaster and Three Guys Skyraider sheets, along with generic letters and numbers.
I’m glad to finally add this one to my KW collection. Now if someone would please produce a decent F-80 kit…..
*And of course I just noticed that I forgot to paint the rocket nose tips silver.
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