Tamiya's 1/48 scale
by Jeroen Veen
Douglas A-1H Skyraider
Tamiya's 1/48 scale A-1H Skyraider is available online from Squadron
Here is Tamiya's kit of the 1/48 Douglas A-1H Skyraider.
This is a very nice kit of an even nicer plane. I did always like the
image of the hornet on the tail of this plane, and although in the end I
built another version, I think it was that hornet that made me buy this
kit in the first place.
I remember being very excited when I bought this kit and I wanted to
make something special out of it. My building experiences with aircraft
models were limited at the time (some two years ago) and I decided not
to scratchbuild everything myself but take a slightly easier route. So I
went to the local hobbyshop and bought a cocpit update set and a folded
wing set, both from Cutting Edge. And while I was at it, I bought two
decal sets also; a Cutting Edge set with maintenance and national
insigna (CED48099) and Areomaster set AMD48-530.
So after unpacking it all in the evening, going through the building
instructions it didn't take to long to start building.
This was a kit that builds itself. Very good fit and although a bit
scary in the beginning (sawing away big parts of the wings) getting the
CE sets to fit proved not to be so very difficult. I remember a couple
of evenings with a lot of test fitting; not so much because the CE sets
were not ok. They were just fine! I was just very scared of spoiling it
all with my own clumsiness. But all came out well.
I did build the kit in sub assemblees (no other way to do this,
right?) and out came the airbrush. First a firm coating with primer,
After that came the black preshading. I do this with gloss paint all
the time, because it gives me more control over the misting in the next
Matt paint seems to absorb more of the misting, but of course that's
personal and probably just something in my head... Anyway. After this I
misted the plane with gloss white and gloss Gull Gray, both paints from
Xtracolor. Then I lighted the grey with some white and misted the Gull
Grey areas again, but only those areas that would catch light from
Next came the decalling. There's no way I can remember how many decals
went on (it isn't that important) but I do remember it took me quite
some time and I felt like building a very accurately stencilled plane.
Wether that is or true or not doesn't matter to me. I just had a lot of
fun with those decals and they looked really nice, and that's what it's
all about to me.
After the decalling came the Matt Varnish, and after that had dried I
started with the ususal umber and black oil wash, mostly in and around
the panel lines. Then I did something very strange: I took my airbrush
and on certain spots painted on some brown. Up till this day I have no
explanation why I did it. I wouldn't even be able to tell you what those
spots represent. They are still on there as you see. The honest thing to
say is: they don't disturb me, for me personally they add something, but
I think I will never do it again. I painted all details, oil spill and
After the washes I took a small, pointed brush and painted on little
scratches. All small details were painted and all subassemblies were
glued together. It is only then that I apply a last layer of Matt
Varnish. This way it covers the glossy glue which I sometimes tend to
spill in those last couple of steps.
The Skyraider is in my top list and I will definitely build another
There is one particular version covered with footsteps because as far
as I understood it, this plane landed on the wrong carrier. Whatever the
story, it is a nice subject which I would like to build. This kit gave
me a lot of fine modeling hours.
I hope you like the pictures.
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2005 by Jeroen Veen
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