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GeminiAces United States

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Photograph Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
Douglas A-1H Skyraider, VA-25
This is a deluxe version of the Skyraider, but the manufacturer's obviously good intentions fell somewhat short, probably because the engineering concept overreached their manufacturing capabilities. Also, it seems like GA's engineers and designers couldn't decide whether they were going to make a solid model or a working-flaps and working-rudder version.

Paint, glue, and the meaning of messy. Both flaps on my model were oversprayed, and the glue used to fasten one of the flaps to the wings was applied too heavily and then broke loose when the model was placed in the (excellent and elegant) box at the factory. When the gluing broke it also snapped off one of the two flap levers on the underside of the wing. There was obvious overspray on the port side just under the anti-glare paint in front of the canopy. Paint was also chipped off the top of the trailing edge of the port flap.

Broke brake mounting. The port side dive brake wouldn't lay flat against the fuselage no matter how I maneuvered the thing, and I finally held it down with tacky clay. I couldn't figure out how to deploy the starboard-side brake, so left it alone for fear of damaging the surrounding fuselage paint.

Tell tail tale. The rudder may or may not have been designed to move from side to side, but if it was then both the off-set hinges and the end of the Pitot that was pushed through to the top of the rudder prevents the action from occuring. It just isn't clear what GA was trying to accomplish with the hinged rudder; were they trying to create a realistic separation from the fin, perhaps?

Gear down! This is the only model I have that had an available gear-up or gear-down option that came with the gear down. When starting a photo shoot it is nice not having to go through the battle of fitting the gear-down (which on average, for models in general, takes about an hour of trimming a filing). However, when I tried to remove the gear for some "flying" pictures, I found out that to get the gear in place, the factory guys and gals had to pretty much jam or pound the leading-edge trim pieces (which anchor the gear struts) into place in the wing, indicated by the large areas of pealed and missing paint in the wheel well on one wing, and the fact that I couldn't remove the leading edge trim piece on the other side (and in fact broke off an X-acto blade trying to do it). I quickly reassembled the gear-down before I forgot how the pieces fit, and decided to leave well enough alone.

Sampler. For pictures of some of these problems, click here. If you can't stand the pain, don't.

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