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Type Dive bomber
SkyMax item no. SM5001
Production run Unlimited
 











Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2013

Aichi D3A1 (Val) Model II, Aircraft Carrier SORYU, Ceylon, March 1942, "Lt Commander Egusa"
Another of those wonderful "at last" models from SkyMax. At last, a Val (as earlier, "At last, a Bearcat!"). The model is done well, mostly, with excellent fuselage and wing forms, and well applied paint. I used two figures from the Hobby Master Kate to fill the seats. As I've noticed with two other SkyMax models, someone at the factory has sticky fingers, because there is glue smeared on the starboard fuselage just beneath the canopy. I don't know how to alert SkyMax about this problem, but it is a serious quality drawback, and could make their models less desirable, at least for me.

In the promotional pictures for this model, the green was much too bright, even garish. Thankfully, the color on the actually model is properly muted. I think the photographer of the promo pictures used too much saturation.
 
















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