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Keith Scala (soloseven)


F4D Skyray launches Notsnik
scale down a Skyray for Project Pilot

How to build 1:72 Skyray with the Nonstick satellite launcher rocket. All available kits where at 1:48 but my chosen scale is 1:72. I scaled down the 1:48 decals from New Ware to 1:72 with scanning & computer graphic cleanup. NOTE TO ALL:New Ware uses the tail number 0745, but all the photos I see of the Nonstick satellite launcher are with aircraft 0747. I looked up & found pictures of Skyray 0745 and its a different aircraft with orange paint & a long pitot tube on the nose. I think of all the modelers that used 0745 and its the wrong number. Use the Tamiya kit for the base model as its details are much better than the Airfix kit. I painted the Skyray with Mission Model Paints MMP-065. I found a very good 3D printed rocket on Shapeways that will work. Had to add some additional mounting stock to hang the rocket from the pylon. The Rocket almost scrapes its tail fins on the ground (so does the real rocket) so mount as high as you can. The white metal landing gear was nice from Scale Aircraft conversions but after I had attached them I found they bend VERY easy. I used my scaled down decals with some from the Tamiya kit also. The aircraft does have some very small "NO STEP" on the spine, but I was unable to find these in white so they didn't get added. Thats it for this build.

Project summary

US Military US Navy (1794-now)
VF(AW)-3 139164/PA/17 | Lt.Gull grey, Insignia White
Timeline:Started on January 1, 2018, Finished on January 1, 2018
Time spent:long enough

Project inventory

Full kits
1:72 Douglas F4D-1 Skyray (Tamiya 60741)
Douglas F4D-1 Skyray
Tamiya 1:72
60741 (41)
1998 | New tool
Detail and Conversion sets
1:48 NOTS - 1958 US Satellite Launch Vehicle (New Ware NW013)
NOTS - 1958 US Satellite Launch Vehicle
New Ware 1:48
2001 | New tool


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Updated: February 28, 2018


27. February 2018, 17:55 Share


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