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  1. This is a build of the 1/48 Tamiya A-1H Skyraider for a client specifying the airplane flown by his father while embarked on the USS Enterprise with the VA-65 Tigers during the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1/72 scale Hasegawa has a kit that would have fit the bill perfectly (save for the BuNo and cowl number)… … but 1/48 scale was strongly desired, which points squarely to the Tamiya kit. So, there will be some custom artwork required to replicate BuNo 35322 and other VA-65 specific markings. This is the only photo of that specific aircraft that I have been able to find, although it is from a slightly later date while the Tigers were embarked on the USS Intrepid. The artwork has been roughed out in Adobe Illustrator and will be printed on a laser printer a bit later. The fuselage thunderbolts will be airbrushed with the use of custom-cut stencils (more on that later). One thing that I needed to address early was the client’s desire to have a helmet sitting in the cockpit, waiting for the pilot to arrive. The kit includes a seated pilot (seemingly rare nowadays) but the helmet details are indistinct and won’t really impress if displayed separate from the pilot. (Besides, the pilot’s head would have to be drilled out of the helmet… yeck!). To get an acceptable helmet I designed a rough APH-6 helmet in CAD and printed it on an SLA printer (FormLabs Form 2). Although it’s hard to photograph (it’s so TINY), the details look great and really pop with white primer and a gloss white base coat. There are white thunderbolts on each side of the helmet, so the plan is to cut stencils to mask the white before painting the helmet an overall coat of FS32246 Navy Torpedo Orange. The white stars will be applied via decals. I’ll return to the helmet later… One question for the hive mind here: The AD-6 / A-1H had nose flaps that could be closed to isolate the engine in cold weather conditions and permit a faster warmup when the engine was first started. In this photo the nose flaps are closed: But this next photo is the actual configuration that I am recreating albeit with the client’s custom markings. It appears to me that the nose flaps are open in this photo, and I see that the cowl flaps are also open which – I believe – would require that the nose flaps be open. This question of nose flaps open / closed is important because it significantly alters the appearance of the aircraft (the engine cannot be seen when the nose flaps are closed). Would anyone here know if the nose flaps were REQUIRED to be closed while aircraft were parked & chocked as shown in the photo? Or was it possible that the nose flaps and cowl flaps could both be open while parked at rest, as the photo seems to indicate?
  2. Releasing two parts each in 1/48 and 1/72 scale covering VNAF A-1H (AD-6) Skyraiders. The sheets cover overall grey, grey/white, USAF SEA camo, and various VNAF camo Skyraiders.. Part 1 has 10 schemes (1/48 48-011 & 1/72 72-008) Part 2 has 11 schemes (1/48 48-012 & 1/72 72-009) Enough common markings are included for at least two schemes (as long as they don't share the same style of insignia) 1/48 - $18.50 each 1/72 - $16.00 each Printed by Cartograf. (free shipping in US) 10/22/2018: All four sheets are now in stock www.AOAdecals.com Part 1 (1/48 cover shown, 1/72 same options): Part 2 (1/48 cover shown, 1/72 same options):
  3. Howdy! It's been a while since I last visited, here's my new 1/32 A-1E Skyraider built up from my conversion kit mated to the Trumpeter kit.I have yet to make time to dirty things up, but you get the idea.Hope you like it! Paul Fisher
  4. hi everybody. i am building the vf 176 buzz 409 lt. patton's skyraider bird. the kit is an hasegawa 1/72 combo of which i have already built a korean war able dog. patton's mount is not included in the options, and i have aftermarket decals for it. the instructions call for a silver/aluminum stripe on the wing's leading edge, but as for that it is indicated the removal of the outer 20 mm. gun for the period, albeit it is evident in every picture that patton had the original four 20 mike mikes. though, from the patton's pics i can't tell wether the "silver" stripe on the leading edge is present or not. may anyone advise? thanks, and have a great building! ciao. bobo.
  5. AOA's next release is the previously mentioned 1/32 VNAF A-1H (AD-6) Skyraiders. Turned out to be too many for one sheet so there will be two releases, each one still also pretty full. The sheets cover overall 36440 grey, grey over white, overall 36473 grey, USAF SEA camo, and various VNAF style camo Skyraiders. $20 each (free shipping in US) Now in stock (11/29) Printed by Cartograf. www.AOAdecals.com (Click images for larger views) 32017: 32018:
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