by Tommy H. Thomason
Saturday, November 9, 2019
As a result of Sword issuing what appears to be a pretty good 1/72-scale kit of the Douglas AD-4W/AEW.1 and Ed Barthelmes providing a wealth of information on the type, I created and updated posts relating to both the kit and configuration details of the airplane. An earlier post (which was part of the basis for Sword's kit), can be found here: https://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2018/06/ad-4w-skyraider.html It has been updated to correct errors on my part.
My post following the release of the Sword kit is here: https://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2019/08/sword-172-douglas-ad-4w-skyraider.html Note that it has been updated with corrections and new information several times.
Ed subsequently made a deep dive into his Skyraider files and came up with not only a detailed list of AD-4W differences by Bureau Number but also a cross reference of those Bureau Numbers (and therefore configuration) and the AEW.1 serial numbers, which are a lot easier to see than Bureau Numbers. That excellent synopsis can be found in another of my blogs, Tailhook Topics Drafts, here: https://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2019/11/douglas-ad-4waew1-antenna-configurations.html