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Once more into the breach for God and Country. Nothing like Winter weather, and waiting for enamel paint to dry along with waiting for parts to print to get antsy want to build something. I know I could have done something useful like shovel snow , break up ice and whatnot but I'll leave those for when it gets warmer. So for this afternoons enjoyment Dynavectors 1/48 Douglas A2D-1Skyshark. After doing a Sea Vixen recently I realized how good Dynavectors Vacs really are. Almost like building your typical Tamigawa plastic. Plus I need some extra practice time on Vacs for 3 1/2 builds on my shelf of Doom that have been plaguing me for an eternity. Well that and I had the proper colours paint for this build in sufficient quantity. I thought about doing the Sea Hornet as a follow on to the Sea Vixen but I used up my supply of dk sea gray so I need to order more first. Don't worry it will be started on son enough I daresay. I do know that Our esteemed Fearless Leader @Mike built this sometime years back and He had adjusted some things that I had already noted, such as the Cockpit and flaps / control surfaces. I'll probably do some added extras to the wheel bays. So I'm hoping @Mike will give me a heads up on anything to watch out for. This won't be your typical slap and smash project., but by the same token shouldn't take that long or be a horrendously difficult monster to tame. So lets see what we can see on this little jaunt. Like usual, Kibitzing, straying from topic, and general mayhem is welcome and encouraged.
After the 1/48th kits (link), Clearprop Models is to release 1/72nd Douglas A2D Skyshark kits. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Clearpropmodels/photos/a.2307674699515016/2747307448885070 V.P.
This is my rendition of Anigran's Douglas A2D-1 Skyshark. The A2D was supposed to be the replacement for the AD Skyraider, but it fell victim, along with several other aircraft, to the unreliable Allison XT40 turboprop engine and the advance in turbojet engines that made it obsolete, Only 12 built before project cancellation. I have a bit of a soft spot for aircraft with contra-rotating props so this has been on my list for a while. It is just a pity that, as far as I can tell, no US military aircraft using contra-rotating props ever went into full scale production (there were 11 R3Y Tradewinds). I had both this and the Mach 2 kits on my pile. They are both about a scale foot short in length, but the Anigrand seemed to capture the shape better and looked easier to build. There where no surface pinholes and except for some warping of the fuselage halves and the wings the fit was good. I did my best for fix the wing warping, but I still have a little bit of an upward curve. I added some cockpit parts from that CMK F4D upgrade kits, but the canopy isn't transparent enough to really see inside well. The decals are out of the box. They were slightly yellowed so spent some time taped to a sun facing window. The color is a much darker blue (Humbrol 15), but the camera flash washes it out. So, on to the pictures; Next up is the Anigrand F8U-3 Crusader III Enjoy
As if I didn't have enough to do I've decided to do a quick.......sort of, project. This one has been on my mind since I saw a picture of another one in a similar scheme. But for mine it will be done as a RAAF close-air support version. The model is actually quite a simple one and for the most part everything is clean and quite well moulded. The fuselage isn’t warped though there were some minor issues with the tail, some filler and plastic plus elbow grease sorted that out quickly. The wings were ok apart from some bubbles in the tips and the inner leading edge has some moulding issues. Everything else just needed a cleanup....though the ejector seat is for the bin...way too small and dodgy! All the main bits go together quickly and will need only just a wee bit of filler. The cockpit interior is pretty much hidden once the canopy is on so I won’t be spending too much time on that! As much as I said it will be a simple quick build I am thinking of a couple of modes, have found a avionics “hump” from a Skyhawk and am thinking of modifying to fit. Late series avionics upgrade?? Plus the canopy I don’t like much, so any wondering if I can graft something else on?? Plus lots a weapons as well, these things had/were planned to have up 24 weapons stations/pylons!!!!! Anyway will see how the build progresses before I go too far.