USN Douglas A-1H Skyraider Tamiya 1/48th

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  • Stellan Schroeder Englund said 2 weeks ago:

    Funny how quickly the paint and decal bit goes after the initial build period. Your model will look great once you are done. Wonder how Brengun missed the tail fins in their toilet package?

    1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

  • George R Blair Jr said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    Getting close to the finish line, Chuck, looks great. I have always built my Skyraiders in the blue paint scheme. I think the blue finish is more formal, like a tuxedo, while the gray/white finish is like a utility uniform. But nothing spices up the gray/white like some really bright markings. I just picked up a 1/72 Hasegawa A-1H with the special bomb included. It was a consignment at a local hobby store that I got for $8. Thanks to your build I have a blueprint for mine.

  • Robert Royes said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    Looks great!

  • Chuck A. Villanueva said 1 week, 5 days ago:

    Stellen, I think what happened as I also made the same mistake is lot of the pics are in black and white, and don’t show the whole toilet bowl with the tail unit on it. While researching this particular mission, the reason behind it, and a lot images of the aircraft itself as it was configured that day, you can make out the tail unit and even the photographer interviewed one of the pilots in the squadron points out the angle of the image and the background hid the tail unit mounted behind the toilet bowl and was mistaken for a bomb mounted on one of the stations. I will get into more detail when I do the presentation.
    Thanks George, I did the Monogram kit in the GSB, about 5 years ago. At the time there was not much around for that scheme. The bombs in the Monogram kit are for the Vietnam era, so had to scrounge through the armory for WWII/Korean war era ordnance to load it up. I have that Hase kit too in 72nd scale. Don’t use the bombs on that kit they are incorrect. But I have built a Hase AH-1, very fun to build.

  • Chuck A. Villanueva said 1 week, 5 days ago:

    Robert, thanks, I loved your P-40. Like to see those unusual schemes. Don’t worry about the town crier, just think CNN (Cleaver News Network, false news). If there is no definitive facts on a particular scheme then run with it.

  • Robert Royes said 1 week, 4 days ago:

    Thanks Chuck, ultimately it’s what pleases the modeler. I was just interested if there was more info out there then what I came up with. I still would have painted it gray.

  • Chuck A. Villanueva said 6 days, 7 hours ago:

    Now time to weather a well used in theater Skyraider while operating on the boat. Can easily go overboard as these Skyraider’s were worked hard.
    Using a variety of washes, engine stains and just plain dirty thinner. Pin washed the center section of the fuselage. Engine oil leaks, hydraulics, fuel stains, gun vents.

    Using Tamiya Smoke to represent those very distinctive exhaust streaks along each side of the fuselage.

    The 1000lbs bomb are pressed in. Love this idea of the ability to remove the bombs and center drop tank using Tam’s famous poly caps.

    Flat coat applied over the top of the air frame. Leaving the white surfaces glossy including the top white sections.

    Next up the landing gear and the rest of the detail bits. Almost there!!

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 6 days, 1 hour ago:

    The Skyraiders just love weathering, and you’ve done a great job on it, Chuck!
    I also like very much the connection of the bombs and the C/L wtlith polycaps. This is so Tamiya!
    Nice flat coat, too!

  • Erik Gjørup said 5 days, 23 hours ago:

    . . . . well used . . . . worked hard . . . . and just plain dirty . . . .

    what can I say.

    Well done!

  • Louis Gardner said 5 days, 21 hours ago:

    Chuck, @uscusn
    This build is looking excellent !!! It’s been a while since I have left a comment, but that’s not to say I have not been stopping by to see what’s going on…………….In the past, I have been around a few Skyraiders as they were having their annuals done. What you said about them be well used and just plain dirty is spot on…………….. They get filthy in the blink of an eye, and talk about oil leaks………….man they definitely have a few drip pans stationed under them when they’re parked in the shop.

    I will keep your trick using a red marker in my little bag of modeling tricks. It looks very good.

    Your “Special Bomb” looks great, and that’s a good catch with the missing fins. Rock on brother !!!

  • George R Blair Jr said 5 days, 1 hour ago:

    Great looking plane, Chuck (@uscusn). These planes were always dirty when I used to see them on the flight line, especially the engine exhaust on the sides. The Navy should have left them dark blue….they would have hidden the dirt, streaks, and leaks better. Looking forward to the finish.

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