Happy Resurrection/Easter Sunday everyone, hope everyone is safe and enjoying this day. Lets’ see what is in the box.
I start with popping the lid and find the standard well laid out Tamiya instruction booklet. Next is the scheme page that Tamiya inserts into each kit.
Next 2 decal sheets for the famous Bumble bee markings of VA-176, VA-25, and VA-52, all USN Lt Gull Grey over Gloss white.
I will not build any of the schemes from the kit, but instead will build another VA-25 scheme from Brengun with the toilet bomb configuration NE572. This will be fun.
Also will use True details resin wheels and Eduards Zoom set.
The Skyraider is molded in Tam’s Light grey plastic. The first sprue holds the fuselage halves, dive brake doors, interior components and landing gear bay doors.
The cockpit is simple with typical Tamiya details, which the Eduard’s set will enhance. Not much to see once the cockpit is in the fuselage.
Each half has some interior details.
The nice well detailed main gear bay doors and interior side walls are molded into a very solid one piece item. A detail that is not a new concept for Tamiya which they do on many of their kits. Which was really a highlight in the new recent P-38. But an idea they have incorporated in their build process.
Next sprue is the lower wing and flaps.
The lower dive brake well is nicely done. A nice option available if you wish to display the lower dive brake open.
The next sprue has the upper wing halves, main gear struts and center drop tank.
The main landing gear struts look sturdy and should hold this baby when completed for years to come. The beefy tail wheel assy is 2 pieces and looks great on the sprue.
The roof of the landing gear bay is under each of the upper wing halves.
Next sprues contains, the cowling, engine components, cowl flaps and the engine cooling flaps that deploy open or closed with in the cowl. Also the propeller.
The engine face is well detailed, not much if any will show with the engine flaps will be configured closed. Only the engine crank case cover will be able to be seen.
The option to display the engine flaps open or closed.
The prop is very nice and huge.
The engine cowl is 1 piece and accurate. The only gripe on the Monogram kit is the cowl. Though it really is not that much. But for some it can be replaced with an aftermarket corrected cowl now available.
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