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russ c

`Carolyns Folly`, A-1E Skyraider, Air Commando`s

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Hi Everyone,

 Thought I`d show you some pic`s of my very latest effort, yet another attempt at making Matchbox`s finest into something resembling a `Fat Faced Spad`

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Finished to represent an A-1E of the 602nd Air Commando Squadron, based at Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam in the early/mid 1960`s

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Made quite a few improvements, including: widening the propeller blades, reshaping the cowl front, ignition harness, vent on the fin leading edge, wing fences at the wing trailing edge,......

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steps on the fuselage, static whips on the rudder, much work on the undercarriage and wheel wells, tarted the seats up, a little detail in the `blue room`, aerials, made a windscreen wiper...

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and cowling shutters ( that you can barely see ). All were made from scratch, I did get an old Monogram one with the intention of robbing it, but decided to build it instead ( coming soon !)

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the weapons all came from the stash and I tried to recreate a fairly common load for the plane and time frame

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The decals came from Caracal Decals set CD48046

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Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking

Cheers Russ

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Lovely Spad Russ, not so often you get to see an A-1E in the light grey scheme, rather than the SEA one.

Superb finish, and I love the revetment 'base'.

 

Cheers

 

John

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Russ!!

Once more you made a piece of art !!!

Your Skyraider is just a fantastic build.

I really love it.

Congratulations. :clap2:

 

:goodjob::wow::goodjob:

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Hi Russ!

Another great and inspiring build. Have two of the 1/72 Revell/Monogram Skyraiders in the stash and I´m planning to do a Bernard Fisher plane from one of the kits.

Cheers,

             Mario

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That is sublime! Stunning build and conversion work, the base sets the whole thing off a treat, beautiful.

 

Eng

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A really nice adition to your vietnam war collection, you must have a fair few aircraft from this time period now!

 

Rich

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Excellent model, Sir!

 

The collection you have built up on this subject would make a fine museum display.

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25 minutes ago, CaracalModels said:

Beautiful! I hope you liked the decals and found them easy to use.

Yeah they`re great, it`s actually the second Skyraider I`ve done with them ( I did the South Vietnamese one with the `Club` marking on the side and revamped my Bronco with the Bronco set you did ), they go on well and have some good choices on the sheets.

Cheers Russ

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Very nice russ ,really like the paint and weathering, 

Glynn

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That looks really great.

I do like skyraiders.

That daft little tailwheel always tickles me.

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Excellent looking Skyraider!! You turned an old kit to a masterpiece!!

 

Regards,

 

Nontas

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Another lovely build there Russ.  I have 2 of the smaller scale in the stash and will be picking up the Caracal decal sheet too.

 

One thing I have always wondered is what is actually in the 'Blue Room' - was it configured on a per mission basis or pretty much empty all the time?

 

I am actually reading 'Cheating Death' by George Marrett at the moment, I would highly recommend it for those interested in Skyraider adventures!!

 

Do you have all your completed models on show?

 

Phil

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Cheers Phil, in the case of an Air Commando`s plane such as the one I`ve built it would be pretty much empty, I`ve only seen one photo which showed some tie down points on the floor like a cargo aircraft and some upholstery on the sidewalls ( sound proofing or flack curtains? ) otherwise it depends on what version or mission. some were filled with electrical gubbin`s ( night attack ), stretchers, extra seats etc.

Some of my models are on some shelves at the top of the stairs, some are in the attic, sometimes I swap them round.

Thanks for looking.

 

 

Thanks to everyone for looking and positive feedback, appreciated

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Excellent build and the presentation is very convincing ( and familar )

Indeed a masterpiece !

 

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This is lovely. Well done, sir. The build and finish is fantastic and it just looks at home in the revetment.

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Nice build Russ.                        Bob H.

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A terrific looking Skyraider and great photography, as ever.  Is this really a Matchbox kit?  They really deserve to be around today.  Mind you, it looks like you've put a lot of effort in to updating the kit.

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