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

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Nationals was fantastic and I managed to get a bunch of show specials and treasures for the stash - as for a 1/32 Trumpeter AD-4  -  not so much.  While there were amazing deals on Trumpeter aircraft there, which got even better on Saturday when most of the dealers dropped prices by 50% there was only one AD-4 at the entire show and the fellow was very proud of it to the tune of $139.  That high price and it wasn't even a new kit so you couldn't exactly tell if everything was there.  It should be noted that there were probably 100s of large Trumpeter planes of all models that were in the $50 range.  I went over to FreeTime Hobby and Brandan would take orders for one that would ship the next day for $81 plus $10 shipping, so I guess I will go that way.  Very disappointing for the one big kit that I was looking for, but like I said Nats was great.

Jerry

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Would absolutely agree with Chuck - I have been dealing with Branden for several years and bought stuff from him at Nats this year - top notch quality and customer service.

On another note just happened to be trolling sites looking for an AD-4 and came on one on Amazon.  It said only one left and listed the price as $60.51 with free prime shipping - jumped on that real quick and it will deliver Wednesday - 

Jerry

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What will be included in the cockpits for these conversions? Especially need to know about the seats, regular seats and/or Yankee seats? Thanks.

Chuck

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Hi guys...Working towards having all the parts in production by mid September, decal art is just now being sorted out for the USAF ship, Major Fisher's bird is there, as well as three others in camo and the overall gray but I can't say when the decals will be ready to ship yet.

 

As for the cockpit(s), I am providing the modified Yankee seats for the A-1E as well as the fixed Douglas "thrones", and yes, there will be seats for the blue room.The Navy kits will have the correct cockpit for the particular version since they do differ a lot in how much electronics were stuffed in there.

 

So far, I cannot get this website to allow me to post pictures from Imgur, no doubt finger trouble at my end, it wouldn't be the first time!As soon as I can, I will post some glamour shots, although that might not be the correct term for this particular bird..

 

Happy Friday!

 

Paul

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Get some pictures up! You're killing us. HAHA! First the RF-8, now this. The hits just just keep coming.

Chuck

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I second that little display of extreme frustration - was just down in the shop looking at the Eduard set, the Trumpeter plane, a couple reference books - you know, every single part needed except the conversion set - wow, glad I got that out of my system.  Guess I'll go back down to the shop now and work on my RF-8.

Jerry :innocent:

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I did 3 VN tours on USS Ticonderoga CVA-14 so got to see them close up and personal - came up with the idea of doing a representative aircraft of each squadron that was on one of our cruises.  Because of space was going to do 1/48, but can't find good kits of some of the birds - was already working on 2 of the Trumpeter F-8s when Paul announced the RF-8 so had to add one to the stable - then to make matters worse he came out with the Spad and I have to have one anyway so why not in 1/32.  Right now I'm just hoping someone doesn't do an A3 Skywarrior in 1/32 because I am currently working on 2 of them in 1/48.

 

For the Spad, at Paul's advice for the Navy bird I am doing I got the blue AD-4 casting from Trumpeter as the starting point - at Nats I picked up all the Eduard PE for the A-1 except the interior as it will of course be completely different.  Also picked up the SAC metal landing gear but still want to look at the struts ZM is selling also - would like to completely detail the engine so going to also watch what is out there once we get the actual conversion from Paul - if there are parts still needed Harold at AMS has some bits and pieces that would come in handy.  Also picked up a set of the Master 20mm barrels with the flash hiders and I am going to do some type of really varied load-out.  I'm doing all of our birds with folded wings to save space and give that carrier looks.  Really planning to put each on a flight deck base with full tie down chains and all the extras.  If someone thinks of something out there I overlooked would be really interested in comments.

Jerry

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