by Triet Cam
Tamiya's 1/48 scale A-1H Skyraider
is available online
Woodland Scenics stencils
This is Tamiya 1/48 scale USAF A-1H Douglas Skyraider. Kit #61073.
The subject aircraft belonged to the VNAF squadron 514th, 23rd
Tactical Wing in Bien Hoa, RVSN. According to Wayne Mutza’s “The A-1
Skyraider in Vietnam”, this aircraft was shot down in June 27, 1972 near
Duc Hue, Military Region III.
The pilot did not survive the ejection.
Even built straight from the box, Tamiya's Skyraider is one of the best
engineered kits available. However, it does have some errors that need
to be addressed.
The first is the flat wing dihedral angle, and the second is the
The propeller can be replaced with either a resin replacement part from
Cutting Edge or a spare one from Monogram A-1H kit. Both prop shapes are
Some other minor quirky details included the missing hydraulic brake
lines. The seat is a little too plain. A replacement resin cockpit would
be a good enhancement.
The rest of the kit is flawless. Exterior detail representations are
some of the finest Tamiya has to offer.
The kit was built with a few enhancements to give the model extra
details. The O2 hose was added to the left side of seat. The instrument
gauges were individually punched out using Waldron punch set and placed
in appropriated locations of the instrument panel.
The gun sight glass was just a clear flimsy paper, also punched out
using Waldron die set. The interior was painted Dark Gull Gray and then
dry brushed to bring out the knobs and switches details.
The wing assembly was assembled next with landing gear doors in
place. Before the assembly is glued onto the fuselage, the wing roots
were sanded down a little. This was done to address the wing dihedral
problem. By sanding down the wing, this created a small gap between
wings and fuselage. To close the gaps, the wings were bent up until gaps
can no longer be seen. Once in place, I brushed on Ambroid Pro Weld
cement at the joints.
Some ignition leads were added to the engine to make it look busy.
Solder wiring 0.022 diameter was used in this case. Landing gear
hydraulic brake lines were also added using the same solder wiring.
The kit guns were replaced with brass and steel tubings to represent
a better 20mm cannons.
I added were sway brace bolts for the inner pylons. These were made
from combinations of .01inch brass and plastic styrene disks punched out
by Waldron punch. The kit sway braces were sanded thin, and holes were
drilled through in order to accommodate the bolts.
The ones on the outer wing were left as is, because braces were too
thin to drill out.
upper exterior was painted Pactra acrylic military paint. They were
labeled as generic names without the FS34079, FS34102 and FS30219
The bottom was painted with Polly Scale reefer white. The nose ring
and cowl flaps were left unpainted. The plastic color matched exactly as
FS 36440 light gull gray.
Numbers and letters were from Woodland Scenic dry transfer.
The fuselage band was homemade, combinations of yellow paint and
black checker printed on a blank decal. Lastly the hardest part, at
least for me - painting the exhaust smokes. After studying, the real
pictures, I spray very thinned black to get the exhaust feather
patterns, and the splotches streaks were done by powder pastel.
“The A-1 Skyraider in Vietnam” Wayne
Mutza, Schiffer Pub.
“Flying Dragon: The South Vietnamese
Air Force” by Robert Mikesh. Osprey Pub.
http://www.vnaf.net web page
http://Skyraider.org web page.
“VNAF: South Vietnamese Air Force
1945-1975” by Jim Mesko. Squadron Pub.
“Douglas A-1 Skyraider” by Frederick
Johnsen.. Schiffer Pub.
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2005 by Triet Cam
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