Monogram's 1/72 scale
Eddie "Grunticus" Wilson
Douglas A-1E Skyraider
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This is the old Monogram A-1E kit in 1/72. The instruction sheet has
a copyright of 1967 so that makes the model close to forty years old.
There is not a lot of fine detail to the model so I added a bit to make
it more interesting, using leftover stuff from various other kits.
I replaced the wheels and added some brake lines using fine wire with
black insulation. I also boxed in the gear wells since they are open all
the way to the fuselage. The carrier hook and all the antennas are
scratch-built using sheet styrene, fine wire, and fishing line.
There is not a lot in the cockpit except a bulkhead that has the seats
cast onto the front side. I used some pilot figures from the Monogram
SA-16 Albatross that I have had since I was a kid to fill up the
interior. the rest of the cockpit is stock, including the decal
The bombs and the drop tank came from the old Monogram 1/72 A-10 kit
that has since been turned into a Snap-Tite model. I made new guns out
of some steel tubing from
http://smallparts.com and cut rectangles on the bottom of the wing
as chutes for the spent brass.
I used colored plexigas to make the position lights for the wingtips and
the vertical fin then rescribed the entire model using the 3-view
drawings in the Squadron "Walkaround" book as a guide.
After tinting the 'dog house' part of the canopy with candy blue
paint I glued it on with white glue.
model was painted with Model Master enamels and weathered lightly with
gray pastel chalk.
A friend custom-printed the decals for me on an ALPS printer. I chose
the Bernard Fisher aircraft since he was a Medal Of Honor winner and I
had read of his exploits in "Boy's Life" magazine when I was in