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Update 8/2/18 - work has begun! Normally I’d wait until I actually start working to write an in progress thread but I’m too excited to wait with this one. Fisher has not started shipping the AD-5W Guppy conversions just yet; decals haven’t arrived to them yet from Cartograf. Nevertheless Paul was kind enough to send the resin of the Guppy conversion my way so that I could get started. Initial dry fitting of major parts and the Trumpeter inner wings show near perfect fit. The massive Guppy radome is cast in two pieces to save weight and has “walls” fitting into the oil cooler recess of the trumpy lower wing to aid alignment. I trimmed the back end of these with sprue cutters to get perfect fit. The AD-5 will go in the fluorescent red scheme from Fisher’s decal sheet, but I will be fully arming it with two Tiny Tim rockets and a bunch of HVARs on the outer pylons. Maybe not technically accurate for the trainer scheme but there are photos of operational aircraft with that loadout and it looks too cool to pass on. Undecided on which Guppy scheme yet... This is going to be a fun project!!!
With Fisher's big fat face A-1 conversions now out, what is the interest level for VNAF decals for it? I could do a full release sheet covering them but not committed to releasing yet. Potential sheet could provide eight VNAF schemes and a "bonus" USAF option (it kept the tiger face). Two periods of markings are provided for all airframes except one aircraft. I'm guessing cost would be in the $20-25 range? So, is it worth it progressing/finalizing? This is early look of pretty much what it would include, some tweaking would be done and some smaller markings added from show here: