THE 'RAIDER REPAINT
Model Airplane News|July 2021
Painting and weathering the Legend Hobby A-1 Skyraider
CHRIS WOLFE

I knew at the moment I received the Legend Hobby A-1 Skyraider 86”, that it needed the full treatment. It’s such an impressive looking and flying model and there’s just something about the A-1 Skyraider that I love. So, in my research of the A-1 Skyraider, I came across a specific scheme I liked and so it was off to the races! For the repaint, I chose the scheme of George J. Marrett’s personal aircraft in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, which carried the moniker of “Sock it to ’Em,” a tag line from the 1960’s comedy show “Laugh-In.” The aircraft operated with the 602nd Special Operations Squadron (SOS) from Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base and George completed 188 missions with over 600 combat hours in the aircraft.

PAINTING PROCESS

The Legend Hobby airframe comes with a flat clearcoat applied over its iron-on covering so the model takes paint extremely well. In fact, the paint was applied directly to the surface without any primer at all. I like to use spray cans whenever possible.

The painting process consisted of applying colors from lightest to the darkest, so with this in mind, the underside color (AS-16) is sprayed first. To mask the feathered underside separation line, I use 3M Soft Edge masking tape. Being designed to create soft feathered edges, this tape makes painting feathered camouflage with spray cans an easier prospect, though the lines are still touched up with an airbrush to finish.

SHADES OF GREY & TAN

With the grey down and masked, the tan color (AS-15) was applied next followed by the light green (AS-14) and finally finishing up with the dark green (AS- 6). In the masking process, paper towels and Frog Tape were used to protect from undesirable overspray. The nice thing is that with this being the A-1 Skyraider SEA Camo ARF, the paint separation lines are already defined and so were used as a guide in placing the soft edge tape.

SEPARATION LINES

While the soft edge tape does provide a decent feathered edge with the spray cans, it can be difficult to get a consistent feather. So, to get a better look from each of the separation lines, each color was sprayed into a paper cup as needed, thinned with some lacquer thinner and then the mixture was airbrushed over all of the separation lines for the appropriate colors. This provided a consistent and scale feathering across the entire A-1 Skyraider model and also allowed for fixing problem areas that popped up as well.

Tamiya AS spray cans were used to paint the entire model. They’re great spray paints and the colors are perfect!

The first color painted was the camouflage gray underside (AS-16) followed by the tan (AS-15), light green (AS-14), and dark green (AS-6) on the upper surfaces.

3M soft edge masking tape was used to mask the paint separation lines between all of the colors. This provides a feathered edge between the colors.

With the tape removed, a feathered (but sometimes inconsistent) feathered edge is revealed.

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