A2D Skyshark was designed as a successor of the AD Skyraider with greater performance of the turbine engine.
The development started in June 1945. The first flight was made on
26th May 1950.
Due to the development delay with the unsolved gear box troubles and
successful development of the A4D Skyhawk, the Navy cancelled the order
If only the XT40 engine had shown such good reliability as the Armstrong-Siddeley Double Manba which was of a similar design and was successful with the Fairey Gannet, or Python with the Westland Wyvern, we could see this beefy and gorgeous Skyshark wherever the American fleet went.
Only one Skyshark 125485 has survived, and is currently being restored.
The kit main parts are vacu-formed plastics.
The characteristic huge exhasuts, propellor blades, rockets and other detail parts are coming as whitemetal parts.
Please note the sample model spinner is painted black but it shoul be Navy Blue the same colour with the fuselage.
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