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    A-1E Skyraider 1/48 - the start

    Build detour. I started thinking about ordnance. The Skyraiders were so well known for dropping Napalms during the war. They were often seen with 6 to 8 loads across the wings. I decided to put on the BLU 10 across the wings. These are the old True Details I bought about 6 years back. Haven't seen them around lately. It says 500 lbs on the package, but I think the BLU-10 were 250 lbs. The details are not really great. I added Archer weld beads to represent the weld lines on the housings, and the fuses in front and rear. I tested out various aluminum shades, but ended up using Testors chrome. Images of the past.
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    A-1E Skyraider 1/48 - the start

    The Skyraiders had some very large rivets in some areas. I used Archers rivets decals to add them on along the wing roots and wheel wells.These decals are a real time savers. They stick well to flat paint too. I was worried they may come off. I had totally forgotten about it until the paint was already on. ]
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    A-1E Skyraider 1/48 - the start

    The elevetors have a separate trim tabs with linkages on the E's. They're located at the center of the elevators. These weren't on the single seat variants that I know of. The pot side linkage is on the bottom, unlike the starboard side.
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    A-1E Skyraider 1/48 - the start

    It's looking a little more like a plane now. The wheels are permanently on, as well as the tailplanes.
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    A-1E Skyraider 1/48 - the start

    DIO, either way, the exhaust pipes behind the 6 side flaps makes it tedious to paint the fuselage afterward. I suppose I could get a tiny point brush through the tight flap openings to paint the details. Thanks for the suggestion I hadn't thought off.
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    A-1E Skyraider 1/48 - the start

    Originally, I was going to use the KMC set, but that didn't work out. The cowl diameter is a little too small for the Matchbox fuselage. Comparing to the Tamiya and the Monogram cowl diameter, the KMC cowl is in between, with Tamiya the widest. I guess it was originally intended for the Monogram A-1H kit. I used a resin set from a startup cottage company about a year or 2 ago, I think it's called Hypercat, the name slips from memory currently. It matched the A-1E fuselage perfectly. The whole assembly completed
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    A-1E Skyraider 1/48 - the start

    A few more details to the cockpit added, gun sight glass and a few more instrument gauges, and it's complete. Complete with Tamiya weathering sets to get the fade out look.
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    A-1E Skyraider 1/48 - the start

    At this time, it'd be best to paint the front fuselage around the exhaust pipes before the engine assembly goes on. Since it will be completed and painted, there'll be no way to paint the fuselage without getting paint on the exhaust pipes and cowl flaps.
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    A-1E Skyraider 1/48 - the start

    I'm starting to get ready to mix the SEA camo paint. My usual go to paint is Tamiya. My mix for the SEA are as: Tan: Flat Earth XF-52 mix with 50% Desert Yellow XF-59. Sometimes less YellowMedium Green: Nato Green XF-67 mix with about 20% Sky Grey XF-19. Add a few drop of Khaki Drab XF-51 to get the green tone to closer to the dark green color. USAF Green: RAF Green XF81, add 1% XF61 Dark Green. Mind you this is not exact science. Test shot on a scrap wing.
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    A-1E Skyraider 1/48 - the start

    This interior is added. I had to follow closely with reference pics for the seats positions. Only 2 seats were added in the rear, not sure what else was left in the rear cabinet when this got to Vietnam. This subject is actually designated as A-1G, at one time in the USN stock. I had to cut down the gun sight height lower, or it the glass would get into the windscreen. There were lots of fiddly instrument panel maneuvering. The Cobra instrument panel shroud sits too far rearward. The rear edge should be slightly forward of the windscreen's rear frame. But if it's move forward, the same interference with the windscreen occurred. So I left it in the incorrect spot, hoping once the windscreen is on, the error is not too conspicuous.
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    A-1E Skyraider 1/48 - the start

    Whoa nellie. The rear stand is too high. The Quickboost strut needs to be chopped down a little.
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    A-1E Skyraider 1/48 - the start

    Rise up!. The legs are temporary glued in with Elmers white glue while I check the wings balance. Not bad, 1mm off. And it's because the starboard side leg is more angled than the port side. Once they are parallel, that should take care of the differences. The time it took to merge in the fuselage did pay off.
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    A-1E Skyraider 1/48 - the start

    I had to replace the original landing gears with a set from SAC. This looks suspiciously like the Tamiya's parts, even the errors. I cut out the skinny telescoping struts in front, replaced them with metal tubings and re-positioned them at an angle. I did have to cut out the KMC resin wheels brake calipers to sand them down to a lower the heights. Otherwise the brake lines would interfere.
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    Skyraider 1/32 Trumpeter.

    Wow, excellent details work.
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    A-1E Skyraider 1/48 - the start

    Small update today. It has been a grueling project. I should mention, though you don't see it in the posts, for every 2 steps forward, it set me back 1. The merging between the upper and lower body was a major part of it. Like the old adage "measure twice cut once". In this case, it's planned, mark, measure, and measure, then cut. This is worth the time spent on because this set the stage for everything attached to the body later. Anyway, I added the exhaust shields on with cut out brass sheets. I cut slots along the fuselage and insert the shields. At this time, I'll leave the tailplanes off until the legs are on. It's easier to make height adjustment this way. I'm working on the legs next.
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