1/48 Tamiya Douglas A1-H Skyraider

Gallery Article by Darius Aibara on Dec 1 2003


As with all new Tamiya kits their A1-H Skyraider is well engineered and the parts fit together with seamless precision.  I therefore felt the need to attack them with a sharp instrument and duly folded the wings using the Airwaves etched brass wingfold accessory set.  That aside the kit was assembled out of the box, spray primed with white car primer (which also formed the white undersurface paint finish) and Humbrol satin enamel brush painted over the upper surfaces.


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After sealing the paint finish with a couple of coats of Johnsons Clear acrylic varnish, I used the Tamiya decals to represent the MiG 17 Killer of VA 176 "Thunderbolts" aboard USS Intrepid in 1966. A dark brown enamel wash was used to weather around the exhausts and accent underwing panels etc.  

I posed the dive brakes partly open... probably inaccurate for a parked bird but I just had to!!

Darius Aibara


Photos and text by Darius Aibara