Douglas A-1J Skyraider USAF Attack Aircraft

This is a plastic model kit of a 1/48 Scale Douglas A-1J Skyraider USAF by Tamiya.

Tamiya Douglas A-1J Skyraider USAF Attack Aircraft Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #61073
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Length: 9-3/4" (24.8cm)
  • Wingspan: 12-1/2" (31.7cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61073
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"Best of the breed"
j w bolen (Ohio)
Best A1 model I have found. Great fit, no flash. You would do better painting the ordinance going off pictures from the net rather than trying to figure out the paint guides. Example I have seen the rocket pods in different colors so you need to check if you are doing a particular plane. Big plus is that it comes with Vietnam era munitions and lots of it I will be using some of the ordinance on other A1s .. I has the submunitions dispensers ( the tube like items) that I have not found anywhere else I did not use the decals so I cannot judge them , they look correct. Usual Tamiya quality

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  • Fuselage and wing drop tanks.
  • Detailed engine with 4-blade propeller.
  • Detailed landing gear, landing gear doors, and tail wheel.
  • Heavily armed with: Mk.82 LDGP bombs, M117 bombs, LAU-3 rockets pods, LAU-68 rocket pods, SUU-11 7.62mm gun pods, SUU-14 rocket tubes.


  • Scale: 1/48
  • Length: 9-3/4" (24.8cm)
  • Wingspan: 12-1/2" (31.7cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61073


1/48 Douglas A-1J Skyraider USAF plastic model kit

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"Plastic Model Aircraft"
In 1968 the RVN Airforce and US Airforce were flying these (I do not believe it was the J model) for close air support. As a Gunship Pilot I had the mission of acting as forward air support for directing bombing and strafing runs. This is one of my builds. The manufacturer of this product faithfully reproduce the kit. Instructions are easy to follow and makes an enjoyable build,

"SkyRaider. What a Beast !"
JRB (Burleson, Texas)
I was very excited to build this kit mainly because it was a Vietnam era aircraft. I am partial to the era and all its hardware. This being a Tamiya product guarantees it to be good, and it was. All parts fit with ease and details were great. Having the ability to set the flaps and air brakes was great. And the armament was unbelievable. Tamiya gives you a lot of extra armament and some that can be removed and replaced. All in all this was a fun kit to build. I cant say anything bad about it. I would recommend it to any skill builder even though it is made more for the experienced modeler. These planes had unbelievable power plants and were total beasts with the amount of munitions they carried. Its a shame they didnt deploy until later in the war. They kicked the heck out of any enemy. Two thumbs up! See my photos

"Very good Skyraider kit!!"
This model is well done. The kit comes with detailed instructions for assembly and are well done. This model can be built in many ways. There are no major flaws with the kit, the only suggestion would be to research cockpit interiors for detailing the cockpit on the model. Otherwise, this is a very straightforward kit that builds into a great aircraft. The paints are called out only in tamiya but, there are other paints that are similar to the tamiya callouts. I recommend the kit for any builder.


Also going by the names Dauntless II, AD, A-1 Able Dog, and Spad, the Douglas Skyraider saw almost 30 years of service. The Skyraider's development started in June 1944. Not completed in time for WWII, its first combat came with the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950. The first production version to roll out of the Douglas factory was designated the AD-1. Twelve years and seven versions later, over 3200 Skyraiders had been produced.

Among those, the AD-6 version, also known as "Able Dog Six", was produced in the greatest numbers. The next and final version of the Skyraider, the AD-7, was extremely identical to the AD-6, but it had reinforced wing spars and wing fittings, as well as the strongest landing gear of all the variants. The AD-7 housed the new wright R-3350-26WB engine, which enabled a top speed of 285 knots. Due to a directive to standardize the designation of Navy and Air Force aircraft, AD-6 and AD-7 became known as A-1H and A-1J respectively.

In 1965, when U.S. air operations in Vietnam became more aggressive, literally hundreds of Skyraiders, including the A-1J, were deployed to the 14th and 56th Special Operations Wings (SOW). Armed with Mk.82 and Mk.117 bombs, 20mm wing-mounted cannons, and rocket launchers, the Skyraiders were used in a wide variety of combat missions.


  • One Waterslide Decal Sheet for Two Aircraft: -U.S. Nationality Symbol, TT, AF 42.

1: 029, "Sockit to 'Em".

2: 014, gold stripes.

  • Airframe Colors: AS-13, AS-14, AS-15, AS-16, X-18, TS-29 (2).
  • Detail Colors: AS-6, AS-12, X-1, X-2, X-5, X-6, X-7, X-10, X-11, XF-1, XF-2, XF-3, XF-7, XF-10, XF-15, XF-16, XF-19, XF-24, XF-51, XF56.

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