Tamiya 1/48 Douglas A-1H Skyraider

US Navy, VA-176 ‘Thunderbolts’, USS Intrepid 1966

Released at the same time as their F-84G Thunderjet and F4D Skyray was Tamiya’s A-1H Skyraider. It’s a truly great kit with outstanding fit and detail. I can’t recall any problems with it. About the only addition that could be made is a tarp cover for the canopy retract mechanism. I added no aftermarket to this kit and simply replaced the fin-mounted pitot tube with a brass tube and wire example. The kit comes with an excellent assortment of ordnance, and I added the load-out that looked most ‘bomber’ like. I used the kit decals to display this famous MiG-killer Skyraider, and they were fine — thicker than those in the slightly older Tamiya kits like the MiG-15bis and F-51D Mustang. The finish is Halfords White Primer, Humbrol enamel grey, Klear, Windsor and Newton oil wash and Humbrol Matt Cote. I attempted to replicate the Skyraider’s distinctive exhaust stains using my Badger 200 airbrush, but it really looks poor, which is a shame as the kit would be nice otherwise. I’ve also built the Tamiya A-1J Skyraider model more recently, which is basically the same kit with some small additions and different ordnance.

Year bought: 1998 (Wonderland Models, Edinburgh)

Year built: 2000 (Send Marsh, Surrey, UK)

© Copyright 2004. All Rights Reserved. Jonathan Bryon.

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