by Tommy H. Thomason

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Roden 1/72 North American AJ-1 Savage

13 November 2022: Illustrations of the inflight refueling system are provided here:

 23 October 2022: Illustrations of the hardware required to fold the wings and vertical fin of the AJ are provided here:

22 October 2022: The kit out-of-the-box does not provide for open bomb bay doors. Many modelers would have no trouble separating the doors and assembling them in the open position. The configuration is illustrated here:

4 August 2022: I've added a post summarizing the configuration of the different AJ Savage canopies here (at this point, the kit has the No 1 canopy that was on a few early AJ-1s):

3 August 2022: Totally unexpected:

I got a preview of the instructions and pictures of some of the tooling a month ago. It looks very good: lots of interior detail (and a Mk 4 bomb, around which the Savage was designed). One nit of confusion with the -2 configuration, easily remedied, is the nose landing gear door configuration (I had previously alluded to another one but incorrectly, as it turned out). While you're waiting, here is some reference material to peruse:

More later...


  1. I'm sure you're all over this, but I'll ask this anyway. Since you provided info for this kit, do you know if there is a -2 in the works? I want a -2P in the worst way. Thanks.

  2. I don't know if the -2 or -2P is in work. The -2 changes are relatively straightforward except for the need to vacuform a new canopy. The Rareplanes kit would provide the nose of the -2P, which has the canopy and crew compartment of the -1 and the empennage, etc. of the -2