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MD-3 Navy Carrier Tractor

Skunkmodels 1/48 MD-3 Navy Carrier Tractor First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review December 2009 Manufacturer Skunkmodels Workshop
Subject MD-3 Navy Carrier Tractor Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48003 Primary Media Styrene
Pros First kit of this essential carrier deck diorama or vignette vehicle produced in styrene Cons None noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $13.99

First Look

MD-3 Navy Carrier Tractor
MD-3 Navy Carrier Tractor
MD-3 Navy Carrier Tractor

Skunkmodels Workshop first came to our attention with their nice 1/32 conformal fuel tank set for the Tamiya 1/32 F-16 Fighting Falcon. They have returned with this interesting kit and they are carried by the nice folks at

Just in time for Kinetic Models' beautiful 1/48 E-2C Hawkeye kit, this set from Skunkmodels provides two complete MD-3 tractor kits in the same box. The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on seven parts trees. Two trees are the parts for one tractor and include optional tow bar and a section of hose which I believe is the single-point refueling hose to service aircraft on deck.

There are three additional trees to this kit, each containing a figure. One figure is a seated driver, one a standing deck hand with a wheel chock, and a third figure walking. Paint the figure in the appropriate shirt color and you'll define his (or her) purpose on the deck.

Whether you want to put something relevant around your new Hawkeye kit or around your 1/48 F-14, F/A-18, or even EA-6B, this tractor has been in service a while and will look just right around most recent or current US Navy carrier aircraft.

For more information about this set and future releases from Skunkmodels Workshop, visit the LuckyModel website at