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Dec 14, 2004, 09:41 AM
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A-1H Skyraider 60" by LEG - Build

Not exactly a sleek and skinny airplane, the Douglas A1-H Skyraider was first produced in 1946 and saw service in Korea and Vietnam. Originally named the Dauntless it then became known as the Skyraider or Able Dog, Spad, Guppy, Flying Dump Truck, etc. It was used by the US Navy, Marines, Air Force (AD-6) and a number of other countries as a dive bomber, torpedo bomber, airborne early warning, flying ambulance, and tanker. It was even an "air superiority fighter" with one MIG kill in Vietnam.

Having served in the Navy and seeing this plane in action I have always wanted to build one and appreciate Jack putting it out as a new offering.

First impressions of this new Leading Edge Gliders kit is: That is one huge chunk of foam for a fuselage! 5"w x 6"h x 37"l and weighing 17.5 oz.

As usual, the kit is a high quality through and through. Assembly of all components should not be difficult, even for the first time builder. There have been many excellent build threads on foamies (look for Jeff Charlot's builds) so I'm not going to document everything, nor will this be a fast build.

First thing I did was do make some reference templates for the nose and fuselage. This is a slab sided plane and the only real amount of shaping is the top, nose cowling, air scoops and the transition to flat sides and fairing into the tail. (Better read up on Jeff's fillet info.!) Also made a disk so I could turn the nose cowling on a drill press. Jack shipped the fuselage with the nose cut off, per my request.

First the teaser shot of an A1-H then on to the kit.
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Dec 14, 2004, 09:48 AM
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Reference templates and finished disk.
I then glued the nose section to the disk with 3m-77 contact cement. After rough shaping with a sharp knife I used sandpaper to get the final shape.
Dec 14, 2004, 09:56 AM
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Started fuselage shaping and also working on wing.

Area for dihedral braces cut out of wing cores. Instructions are very thorough so not much needs to be said except that this step is very easy using a long flexible and SHARP knife as pictures. It's been mentioned many times - use a sharp knife. Makes all the difference.
Also, thanks to all those who have mentioned Green sandpaper. Finally got hold of some and this stuff is great! Used to use sanding screens for drywall but this sandpaper is much better.
Dec 14, 2004, 10:07 AM
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Wow, that's a big ol' chunk-o-foam alright...neat! Hey, you gonna put the big dive brakes on? Not that this will need them...

Looks like a fun project!

Dec 14, 2004, 11:40 AM
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Move over bacon, now there's something MEATIER!

Looks cool, should make a really sweet plane!

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Dec 14, 2004, 02:54 PM
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Dive brakes? Man the whole plane is a dive brake! Have to give the idea further thought.
Dec 14, 2004, 03:10 PM
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wow theres more foam in that than a butcher shop cool room
Dec 14, 2004, 03:28 PM
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If you look close in the picture you posted, the dive brake on the side of the fuselage is open. Be fun to play with...

Dec 16, 2004, 05:14 PM
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Jan, wow! Very cool. Good luck on this very worthy project.

p.s. Sorry I've not been able to get down to the Cape and fly with you...
Dec 16, 2004, 05:30 PM
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the fuse still looks a little too square. Keep sanding!!!!!
Dec 24, 2004, 11:20 AM
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Little more shaping done on the fuselage to get rid of the flattness on top. Final shaping I'll save until I have the gear installed and both pieces back together again.

Was a bit too aggressive in cutting out the canopy. If you build the Skyraider and want to use the plastic scoop part attached to the canopy I would recommend first cutting along the line drawn on the foam and then cutting as needed for a good fit. To make everything fit well with the cut I made I'll be using a foam top scoop that extends into the cockpit and becomes the instrument panel.

Dec 24, 2004, 08:08 PM
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Nice plane. Is this the one you were telling me about?
I hope you have a great x-mess and a Happy New Year.
This is form Paul In Michigan who is still working on the Same project I sent you pic of. Ill have it completed before the New Year, Just got the wing temps cut out for the hot wire.

Happy X-mess
Paul. AKA BlackSheep
Dec 24, 2004, 08:23 PM
Tryin not to be a hack!!
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I always loved that Skyraider..... Looks like you've done a real nice, clean job so far..... looking forward to the end result.

Dec 25, 2004, 02:27 AM
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Very nice Jan, cool to watch the progress of others, love these build threads.

Dec 26, 2004, 04:08 PM
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Very nice!
I want to convert the Skyshark RC Skyraider to Electric. Good luck!

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