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Monogram 1/48 AD-6 Skyraider

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  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: LA-ish, SoCal
Monogram 1/48 AD-6 Skyraider
Posted by oortiz10 on Saturday, February 8, 2020 10:54 PM

Hey FSM,

Here's a moldy-oldie I built (mostly) OOB. This is Monogram's Skyraider circa 1983. I picked up this boxing at a kit swap meet for just a few bucks. The kit was complete, but many of the parts were broken or loose in the box. I say this kit is mostly OOB because there were a few things I had to scratch to replace. 

I used an old Microscale decal sheet to build a grey-over-white scheme from the '60s. The chevron on the C/L tank, the forward part of the cowling's chevron, and the rudder stripes were all painted. As far as the paint is concerned, I used Testors' little square bottles and MM enamels throughout the build. All ordnance and tanks were cut from the pylons. Speaking of pylons, I had to take about 1/8" off the centerline pylon because the tank would contact the "ground." I found this out AFTER I had already glued on the landing gear and C/L tank. I had to pry off the tank after all the glue had set. (*sigh)

Anyway, the exhaust tubes and baffles on the fuselage sides were scratched, as were the boarding steps, pitot, triangular dorsal antenna, and canopy slider (?). The gun barrels were replaced with Master's turned brass (awesome!) barrels. All the rebuilt/replaced parts were broken in the box. One thing I didn't fix/replace was one of the wing fences that broke during assembly. The kit's plastic was VERY brittle. The kit, warts and all, was a fun build. I know it has it's shortcomings, but I would build another. I do have Tamiya's USN and USAF Skyraiders in the stash that I'll get to someday. Until then, his was a fun (and I use that term loosely) way to get a Skyraider on my shelf.

How about some pictures...?


Hey gang, comments, questions, and criticisms welcomed. 

Thanks for looking!



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    May 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, February 9, 2020 1:56 AM

Nice work on a great old kit.  Funny thing, I almost aquired one myself today the the LHS which must have just bought someone's collection... Since I have the revell re-pop plus the korean war boxing of the monogram kit, plust a Tamiya skyraider that is in-work, I had to pass on getting another. Stick out tongue

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  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, February 9, 2020 4:15 AM
Nice build of the oldie. I've got a 72nd scale sheet somewhere with those markings


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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, February 9, 2020 7:50 AM

Great looking build. These old Monogram kits can make awesome display pieces with a little TLC. Beer




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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, February 9, 2020 9:37 AM

O, that came out looking fantastic! Beautifully done! Yes


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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Sunday, February 9, 2020 3:58 PM

Looks fantastic! Nice photography too

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, February 9, 2020 5:07 PM


    I have often womndered. Did the Skyraider ever have a passenger compartment below the cockpit behind the wing? I know they put Cameras somewhere on that bird too!

 The Skyraider always reminded me of a big plane with what appeared to be too small an engine!

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    May 2006
  • From: Batesville, IN
Posted by ggatt_2 on Sunday, February 9, 2020 5:46 PM

Wow. I love the green. And I love old monogram kits!


  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, February 9, 2020 6:18 PM

That's an outstanding Able Dog.

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    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, February 9, 2020 6:22 PM

I have often womndered. Did the Skyraider ever have a passenger compartment below the cockpit behind the wing?

Might have-dunno.
They built the thing in tandem seat versions for ASW and ELINT/ECM versions.
Fickle memory wants to remember that there was either a 3 seat or a 4 seat version.

Straight-up attack version could carry about 8000# on the 12(?) stations.  And, either 3 or 5 or those are plumbed for tanks.

A really versitile bird.  Another star in Heinemann's design crown.

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, February 9, 2020 7:16 PM

They did have a transport type version in the late 50's and early 60's.  IIRC they could take 5-6 riders.

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  • From: North Pole, Alaska
Posted by richs26 on Sunday, February 9, 2020 7:29 PM

AD-3's could take 3 personnel.  AD-5's (A-1E's) were 4 in ASW or ECM versions, and the utility version could do 6 it seems (AD-5R).  The Wright R-3350 was used in B-29's, Constellations, and DC-7's.

WIP:  Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 73rd BS B-26, 40-1408, torpedo bomber attempt on Ryujo

Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 22nd BG B-26, 7-Mile Drome, New Guinea

Minicraft 1/72 B-24D as LB-30, AL-613, "Tough Boy", 28th Composite Group

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    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, February 9, 2020 10:47 PM

I have one of these that was probably the last model I built without painting it overall, I just painted the details.  I think the centerline tank is too long, although mine looks about like yours does in your pictures and I don't have any memory of problems with it.  But I built it a looonnnnng time ago!.  The tank on the Tamiya kit I built is shorter, and has a blunt back end.

I've always liked the Monogram AD kit.


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