The latest new tooling from Ukrainian firm Clear Prop is a gorgeously detailed 1/48 XA2D-1 Skyshark, which was intended to be the US Navy’s first turbo-prop-powered attack aircraft.
This release depicts the XA2D-1 prototype airframe and comprises 15 styrene runners plus a photoetched brass fret and five resin parts (for an optional ejection seat and fuselage modifications), with two decal sheets completing this comprehensive and highly detailed package. Vinyl painting masks are included in the kit, but those preferring pre-cut kabuki-type paper alternatives will find the firm’s own mask set (CPA-48003) most useful.
Markings choices feature two of the 12 prototypes, with a choice of overall Glossy Sea Blue 623 or natural metal finish. Those attempting the latter will find the restrained surface detail ideal for a panel line wash to accentuate the fine engraved rivets, befitting its ‘in development’ status.
Use of the styrene ‘bucket-type’ seat or resin ejection seat will depend on the scheme, but either will appear impressive in the well-appointed cockpit, and there are options for raised/lowered flaps, elevators and folded wing sections. No weapons are included, but there are three pylons for the wings/centreline, plus eight stubs for zero-length rockets.
A ‘what-if’ in-service release is planned for later in 2021. Visit: www.clearpropmodels.com for more information.