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The Spad is out of the Bag....A-1E / AD-5 Skyraider conversion


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#1 paul fisher

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 07:44 PM

OK, so we'll have a dedicated thread here for the Fat face Skyraider. I am essentially doing the complete fuselage, with cockpit(s) and canopies for the USAF A-1E as well as the Navy AD-5 AND -5W.

 

Numerous other dash numbers will be easily doable from this kit, and while I am optimizing it for the less expensive Trumpeter kit there is no reason it won't work on the Zoukei Mura offering .

 

The big issue is markings....Any and all suggestions welcome, AOA Decals have already mentioned doing the VNAF markings, which would be awesome, I know Eli did some stuff in 1/48 that did very well, and then there's got to be Maj. Bernie Fisher's ship ( no relation) and some SEA ships...and my obligatory Navy birds.

 

The plan is to offer kits of the main variants with correct cockpit, Blue Room and canopy fits, so the decals will need to be separated into appropriate sets. Thank God the wings fold or we'd all run out of room!

 

Pictures and progress reports soon!


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#2 Dave Roof

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 08:23 PM

I covered two Marine Corps Skyraiders on a sheet with two F/A-18's and had planned on a stand alone sheet for AD-4/6's used by the Marine Corps. VMA's 331 and 332, as well as VMCJ's 1 and 3 operated the AD-5 for sure. Looks like I can do a whole sheet or two covering all of them!


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 09:27 PM

Awesome news Paul!

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 09:54 PM

Great news, Paul! Which kit? Trumpeter or Z-M?

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 10:09 PM

Fleet Air Arm AEW version please. Thanks.


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#6 Michael931080

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 10:44 PM

Pssst, Dave it's written in on the second line that Paul is optimizing it for the less expensive Trumpeter kit but it could be workable for the ZM kit.

 

HTH


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 11:09 PM

I have the ZM kit but most likely would use the Trumpeter kit but which Trumpeter kit?

Peter


Trumpeter SBD-1

 

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 11:59 PM

Don't forget the data plates and placards for the cockpit:

 

http://images.google...673bc03620.html

 

i wonder how many times the pilots would look at them let alone read them all?

 

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 04:07 AM

Please add a correct propeller for the Trumpeter kit.


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 04:28 AM

Good! 

For the decal makers reading this:  Maj. Bernard Fisher's A-1E, please.


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 07:34 AM

Please add a correct propeller for the Trumpeter kit.

 

Oh yes, may need another Z-M kit instead of Trumpeter.



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Posted 31 May 2017 - 08:04 AM

great news.

i have fond memories of frankenkitting a matchbox and tamiya skyraider in 1/48 with cobra company bits.

I'd love to have a A1E/AD5 in 1/32

 

 

And Mr Fisher, happy birthday :)


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#13 Darren Howie

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 08:04 AM

Wow already thinking of the possibilities...more money headed your way Paul...

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 02:25 PM

I put Paul's name forward for Knighthood.

 

Sir Paul sounds very nice indeed.


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 03:50 PM

I vote for a Naval Reserve marking option, in overall GSB with the orange fuselage stripes. Just my two cents!


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