Sheer reliability and massive ordnance capacity kept the piston-powered Skyraiders flying well into the jet-power era. The massive bomb load these planes carried allowed them to deliver millions of pounds of ordnance against ground targets in Korea and Vietnam. AD-5s were Skyraiders built with a tandem seating arrangement to facilitate pilot/co-pilot communication. After decades in action, the Skyraider was retired from American service in 1972.
As you can see on the pictures below, the recently released Revell Skyrider AD-5 (A-1E) is comprised of 4 styrene light gray sprues, 1 clear and a huge decals sheet with markings for the following:
- AD-5, VMA 332 ”Polkadots”, MCAS Cherry Point North Carolina, 1953.
- AD-5 (A-1E) 4407th Combat Crew Training Squadron, USAF, Hurlburt Field, Florida.
- AD-5, VMA 133, Alameda, CA, 1950.
The molding is very clean and free on mold lines, cleaner than I expected to be honest. It has a mix of receded with hair thin raised panel lines and cockpit details depicted mostly via decals. I see plenty of room for scratch building and improvement in the cockpit area.
The instructions are quite easy to follow with small panels showing instructions (where required) should you choose to build version AD-5 or AD-5 (A-1E).
In case you were wondering, weren’t sure or simply didn’t know, this is the old Matchbox SPAD kit under Revell’s label.
The wing have the same plastic folding mechanism as Revell’s F-4U Corsair leaving a huge void if you want to assemble this kit wings folded. The good thing is that anyone with a X Acto knife and a small piece of stock styrene can scratch build here. Exactly what I’m planning to do and I’m not a prominent scratch builder myself.