So, while I continue dithering about what to pull out of the Eduard Goodie Box, I have gotten on with the 1/48 XA2D-1 Skyshark Clear Prop sent last month as a review kit.
I always thought this airplane looked cool from the first time I saw a photo of it in William Green's "All the World's Aircraft 1954," my first "serious" airplane book. Then there was the Allyn 1/48 kit - a whole three pieces, on a stand, which cost the incredible, unheard-of amount of $10 dollars in 1955 - way beyond a boy's allowance. The kit was later re-released with a good decal sheet by Super Scale in the 1980s and I built one using the guts and details from a Monogram Skyraider. Then there was the very nice Dynavector kit, of which I did one of the 10 "production" Skysharks.
And then this came out in 2021 and I wanted to get one, but there was the pandemic and all, and it didn't happen. Then Clear Prop asked me back in May if I would review one since they were finally in condition to re-release kits after relocating to the Czech Republic.
Overall, this is a beautiful kit. The surface detail is just incredible. Having done their Thai Hawk-75, I was aware of their good kit design, and this doesn't disappoint.
I started in on Friday, and the kit is remarkably easier than I thought it would be from following another build here in iModeler. It's kind of like a limited-run Tamiya kit. If you take care in assembly, it will go together like a Tamiya kit with no filler at all. I found no problem with the ejection seat, which was reported to be a problem fitting it in the cockpit. It fits fine, but I can see how someone could have gotten confused in assembly from the instructions, which would create problems. So, be sure you know what you're doing before committing glue.
Parts fit is tight and precise. Test fitting the horizontal stabilizers, I found I needed to open up the locating slot in the fuselage. One I got it in there, I decided to glue it in position because I had had to work on it from inside and outside to get it there. Did the same with the other one.
I've decided I am going to do this as the second prototype when they had it in NMF. That's because the Dynavector kit is in GSB, plus this way that glorious surface detail doesn't disappear into the darkness of a GSB scheme. From the photos, it looks pretty cool this way.
11 attached images. Click to enlarge.