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Old 01-29-2016, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've never had a Skyraider in my collection, but I have an opportunity to pick one up on the cheap, I was wondering what the consensus opinion is on these..?? Any info is appreciated.

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Old 01-29-2016, 10:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hell if the price is right do it
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Compared against the HM model I think they're about the same in terms of "accuracy". The GA model has air brakes that can be extended. This may or may not be an issue for you as I tend to find moving parts can leave a big gap. HM's model doesn't have this feature.
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I like GA. They try. But, well, sometimes try isn't enough. While this is not a bad model, the HM is better and there's no point in getting this GA skyraider for which there is an identically liveried HM one around.
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Compared against the HM model I think they're about the same in terms of "accuracy". The GA model has air brakes that can be extended. This may or may not be an issue for you as I tend to find moving parts can leave a big gap. HM's model doesn't have this feature.
The rudder is too short at the bottom on the GA one, & the u/c sags under the model's weight.

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I like GA. They try. But, well, sometimes try isn't enough. While this is not a bad model, the HM is better and there's no point in getting this GA skyraider for which there is an identically liveried HM one around.
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Not a fan of how GJ parts or stands fit but it looks abit more accurate then HM's version

If the price is dirt cheap, why not
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Not a fan of how GJ parts or stands fit but it looks abit more accurate then HM's version

If the price is dirt cheap, why not
It isn't, the rudder cuts off short at the bottom, & the tail gear is wrong. HM's version is much more accurate.
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Yeah but whose going to display their models @ss facing ?
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Yeah but whose going to display their models @ss facing ?
Plus the u/c sags under the model's weight- the HM version doesn't. I have both versions (HM's 'Sock It To 'Em' & GA's 'Spad Dad'), & the HM version is the better model.
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Plus the u/c sags under the model's weight- the HM version doesn't. I have both versions (HM's 'Sock It To 'Em' & GA's 'Spad Dad'), & the HM version is the better model.
The UC bents or falls off ? I had 1 GJ model and the UC fit so poorly I just got rid of it, couldn't even be displayed on it's stand as that's bad also
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The UC bents or falls off ? I had 1 GJ model and the UC fit so poorly I just got rid of it, couldn't even be displayed on it's stand as that's bad also
The u/c legs lean/angle forward on their locating pins under the weight of the model because they are too loose fitting. & white glue won't stop it happening, as I tried it.
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Does anyone know if there's a *really* good USAF Skyraider available? I'm looking for a "Sandy" SAR version, maybe loaded for bear and with a TT tail code.

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Does anyone know if there's a *really* good USAF Skyraider available? I'm looking for a "Sandy" SAR version, maybe loaded for bear and with a TT tail code.

THanks.
HM's 'Sock It To 'em' is a good one, has the TT tail code, & is finished in SEAC camo.
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HM's 'Sock It To 'em' is a good one, has the TT tail code, & is finished in SEAC camo.
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Cheers. I'm a latecomer to HM's Spad, & thought I'd missed out on 'Sock It', but scored one for £30 last year at the Brentwood toy fair. I've since found that other dealers still have 'Sock It' in stock (including Bob Oddie at Brentwood), as it didn't sell well on account of the foggy inside of the windscreen- but that was easily fixed by wiping it with a bit of wet tissue rolled into a thin spike.
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a good general rule is that earlier hm releases are better than later ones. a look at the subtle differences between "sock it to em" and "lieutenant america" is a case in point. another general rule is that the very first release of a given mould tends not to be the best.. but in the case of the skyraider the first one is just outstanding.

one skyraider that is often overlooked but i think is suprisingly wonderful in person is HA2909. in person the orange colour and overall sharp finish make it surprisingly handsome.

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HM's 'Sock It To 'em' is a good one, has the TT tail code, & is finished in SEAC camo.

Agree with your recommendation, I have that one as well as the first one. A case of get the USN and then the USAF version. Remember also having to wipe the fog off the inside.
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a good general rule is that earlier hm releases are better than later ones. a look at the subtle differences between "sock it to em" and "lieutenant america" is a case in point. another general rule is that the very first release of a given mould tends not to be the best.. but in the case of the skyraider the first one is just outstanding.

one skyraider that is often overlooked but i think is suprisingly wonderful in person is HA2909. in person the orange colour and overall sharp finish make it surprisingly handsome.


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