I have to admit that I agree with you: I prefer propeller-driven airplanes too. I consider them much more rewarding to fly than the modern "electric" aeroplanes. I would say that they keep you fit. In the end I'm a lover of the "stick-and-rudder" flight concept 😊. But the small, light jets like the F-5 or the F-104 are, in my honest opinion, still close, in terms of handling, to the propeller driven aircrafts: no computers, only flight surfaces that you have to control (and enjoy!) with your hands and feet .
And yes, the Skyraider would be great.
What you think about the OV-10A Bronco?
Here is a beautiful 1:48 scale model: http://www.hyperscale.com/features/2000/ov10ada_1.htm
And here some pictures of the real thing: