A1-Skyraider Attack Paper Model

A1-Skyraider attack aircraft model- an American ground-attack aircraft developed by Douglas in the 1940s.

Materials and tools:

  1. scissors, paper knife, drawing ruler
  2. tweezers;
  3. glue brushes and paint;
  4. watercolors (or pencils), toothpicks;
  5. clear acrylic glue ("Moment", etc.);
  6. to print the model matte photo paper with a density of 170-180 g / m2;
  7. for small parts - 70-80 g / m2.

Build Tips:

  1. Before you assemble the part, read the drawings and instructions. Determine the place of each part and imagine its assembly;
  2. Make holes in details before cutting out the part;
  3. Cut only the part (s) you need right now. Unpacked items in a box, and unused sheets in a closed folder (as an option). Throwing out trash after work, carefully inspect the scrap paper;
  4. To better fold the part, it is necessary to hold the ruler along the fold line, pressing lightly with the blunt side of the knife or a toothpick so as not to damage the paper surface.Better to do it from the wrong side of the part;
  5. Keep your fingers clean and be sure to use wipes to wipe your hands, because hands may get dirty in the process;
  6. wind up cylindrical parts before gluing onto a round object of a suitable diameter, this will give them shape;
  7. Before gluing it is necessary to paint the ends of the part. White crop lines spoil the overall look of the model. To paint the ends, use watercolors or gouache paints. After selecting the desired color, apply them in a thin layer, then allow the paint to dry. About markers better to forget;
  8. Take your time with gluing. First, cut out the part, paint it from the end, wait for the paint to dry, assemble the part. Attach it to the place where it should be to make sure everything is done correctly. And only then stick. Do not forget to let the glue dry.

A bit of history

US A1-Skyraider Attack

Douglas A-1 "Skyrader" (eng. Douglas A-1 Skyraider; until 1962, the designation AD) - an American attack aircraft, developed by Douglas in the 1940s. Considered obsolete in the era of jet aviation,piston "Skyrader" a quarter of a century was in service with the Air Force and the US Navy. It was used with great success in the Korean and Vietnamese Wars.

"Skyrader" was originally created as a single deck dive bomber / torpedo bomber with a long range. Order for the aircraft entered in July 1944. The design involved Ed Heinemann, one of the most famous American aircraft designers. The prototype XBT2D-1 first took to the air March 18, 1945 - too late to get to the Pacific theater of operations. After completion of the tests, the aircraft received the official designation AD-1 and in December 1946 began to enter service with the US Navy.

The serial production of Skyraider was set up at the El Segundo plant in California; in the period 1949-1950, the rate of production was two aircraft per day. In total, until the cessation of production in 1957, 3180 aircraft were built. After the standardization of the designation system for aircraft of the Air Force and Navy in 1962, the family of рейд sky traders received the designation A-1. In the USA, the last cars of this type were decommissioned in the early 1970s, but in other countries they continued to fly for some time.

"Skyraider" was heavier and less speedy than the modern fighter-bombers P-51 and F4U, but it had a number of significant advantages. Due to the rejection of the second crew member (arrow), the combat load was significantly increased. The number of armament suspension nodes was unusually large (14 underwing and 1 ventral). In addition, «Skyrader»Hehadexcellentmaneuverability,considerablerangeofflightandtimeintheair.Lowspeedallowedmoreaccuratestrikes.Theaircrafthadanarmorprotectionsignificantlyincreasingitscombatsurvivability,whichfavorablydifferedfromfasterfighteraircraftadaptedforcarryingbombs,suchastheF4UCorsairorP-51Mustang,withdrawnfromtheairforcelongbeforethe1960s.Despiteitsarchaicnature,theA-1hasgainedloveandrespectamongthepilots,asevidencedbythemanynicknamesgiventoit:"Spad"(inhonoroftheFirstWorldWaraircraft),"Sandy"(radiocallsignduringtheVietnamWar),"Cleverdog"(AbleDog,unofficialtranscriptsoftheabbreviationAD),"Ragingwaterbuffalo» (Crazy Water Buffalo, nickname in the Air Force of South Vietnam), Hobo, Zorro, The Big Gun, old firefly, Fat Face (AD-5 version), Guppy (AD-5W modification), Q-bird (AD- 1Q / AD-5Q) and a flying garbage truck (option A-1E).