Egads! It’s a Spad! Part 1

Ziroli A-1 Skyraider KitThis past spring Jay purchased a balsa kit in order to build the Ziroli A-1 Skyraider, or “Spad” as it is also known.

Since he had finished the A-4 and was mostly done with the Panther, he went ahead and started this.

Are you ready to watch it grow?


Ziroli A-1 Sorted PartsFirst we begin with the sticks. This is the box of balsa that he purchased. Somewhere in that pile of sticks is a Spad just screaming to get out. Can you hear it?





Ziroli A-1 Fuselage SkeletonOn this plane you start with the spine.

So far so good.





Ziroli A-1 Fuselage RibsThen you attach the ribs to the spine. Make sure to space the uprights on your stand so that you can comfortably place your Spad skeleton on it.





Ziroli A-1 Fuselage StartedMark is looking a bit dubious. Perhaps he’s contemplating the wisdom of building such a giant plane. Or perhaps he wonders why Jay is taking his picture.




Ziroli A-1 Strung Out FuselageThen you begin to attach the stringers and other pieces of side wood so that the fuselage will begin to resemble a giant worm with a big mouth.




Ziroli A-1 Side Stringing FuselagePin stripes are definitely in vogue this year! They help to narrow the eye and accentuate the positive.




Ziroli A-1 Fuselage StringingThe stripes also make you look longer than you really are, and they take the attention away from your gaping mouth.







Ziroli A-1 Fuselage Stringing with CowlThis season, however, you will want to use a tall hat to compliment the stripes. A derby or beret will definitely not work!




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