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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Features :
  • 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.
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"Great kit, lots of options"
This kit was easy to assemble with really nice detail. comes with 2 sets of markings and armament options. very detailed instructions with really good painting instructions. Can be built with dive breaks open or closed and wing flaps up or down. Cockpit detail was also very nice. I really enjoyed this kit and would love to build another one

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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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"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

"Without a doubt, the best kit I have had the pleasure to build!"
Martin L (Manchester, NH)
This was my second more recent Tamiya kit build, and as expected, I wasn't disappointed. The kit includes 8 light grey/beige sprues divided into 4 sealed bags and one clear sprue in a separate small sealed bag that is found within one of the larger bags. There is a clear and concise assembly instruction booklet, a separate sheet for painting options for two different aircraft, a sheet with full size views of the model that can be used as a paper mask for painting and a sheet of decals for the two options of squadron markings. The molded parts are very clean and crisp, with zero flash, no warping, no ejector pin stress marks or visible ejector pin witness marks on seen surfaces. The external surfaces of the aircraft include fine recessed panel lines for highlighting. The cockpit pit is nicely detailed, along with the undercarriage and the radial engine. There are options for having the three Air-Brake doors open or closed, the ailerons up or down, the undercarriage up or down and the sliding canopy modelled open or closed. There are two full sprues of ordnance allowing you many options for loading the 15 hard points beneath the wings and fuselage, with 3 styles of bombs, rocket pods and external long range fuel/drop tanks. A Pilot figure is included to finish off the kit. The Engineering and fits of the molded parts is second to none; the parts fall together and I only needed filler around the front seam of the forward canopy. My only issue with this kit are with the decals; they are slightly thicker than preferred, they take a longer time to release from the backing paper and some are very fragile during application. One of my decals tore and I had to carefully position the torn halves together to make the tear disappear. If you are a stickler for accuracy, then I will point out that the box art work does illustrate a Whip Antenna mounted on the port-side of the fuselage, located at the side of the rear canopy, but, there isn't one included in the molded parts. Therefore, I carved a mounting block shape at the end of a piece of sprue, then cut it off and glued it to the end of a cocktail stick. I then used the stretched sprue method to make my own Whip Antenna and glued that to the mounting block. When that had set, I painted it, removed it from the end of the cocktail stick and glued it into its location on the plane. Overall, this kit builds into a very nice representation of a Sandy with the South East Asian 3 color camo scheme, just be careful with the decals. If Tamiya included Cartograf decals into this kit, it would be perfection personified. But, ignoring the decals, I still give this kit 5 stars for the content and quality of molded parts, the details and options offered and the enjoyment had whilst building the model, along with the satisfaction garnered by the end result. I also have to say, that out of the 15 models I have built since starting modelling in January of 2014, that this kit is without a doubt the best that I have had the pleasure to build! If you have been thinking about buying this kit, then think no more; it is very highly recommended! Go ahead, make your day, buy one now!!

"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,


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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