What a great time to be a modeler! Zoukei-Mura continues their excellent 1/32 scale releases with an A-1H Skyraider. The kit is stunning with the option to fold the wings already included, great cockpit detail, and a full interior. Other options include positionable air brakes, a highly detailed engine, detailed gun bays, and many other options.
The kit is available now and Zoukei-Mura also allows the modeler the option of adding even more aftermarket to it as options, with a complete weapons set (that could be used for other aircraft and is excellently detailed), metal landing gear, turned cannon barrels, and a variety of photoetch and decals. I love the fact these are options, in that it gives the modeler a choice of how far he want to go with his own build and cost.
I have included a few teaser pictures. The full build will be in the January IPMS Journal. The engine was wired and painted and is fully detailed with both intake and exhaust manifolds. As you can see from the half fuselage, the interior is excellent and includes a fuel tank, all the needed hydraulic reservoirs, and all the bulkheads.
The fit has been excellent and the instruction manual is the best ever written, bar none – it was written by people who understand models and includes all the needed warnings for opening holes, and also includes finished pictures of the parts. It is highly detailed and includes the correct name for the parts being attached. It is truly a work of art, like the kit.
IPMS/USA and I would like to thank Mr. Ken Yamanaka and the excellent people at Zoukei-Mura for their great work designing the kit and also for the opportunity to review it. Stay tuned to the Journal to see the final build.