1/48th Tamiya F4U-1
July 1, 2013 in Aviation
This is the first of three of the same kit I recently acquired through an E-Bay sale. One of the other two in the stash, I plan on doing as a very early Corsair in NMF and the third….well, I haven’t decided (I’m open to suggestions).
I used Model Master Intermediate Blue as an overall color. The national insignia were kit decals and the numbers, etc. were outta the spares box. The antenna wire is that stretchy stuff (I forget the name right now), which I got in Pensacola at Bobe’s Hobby Shop years ago.
Having depleted my old supply of Future, I used some of that “new and improved” Pledge stuff that’s supposed to be the same thing – it ain’t. It doesn’t have near the shiny finish the old stuff did. BUT…I didn’t want it shiny anyway and the decals went on “ok”. I brushed some Testor’s Dull-Cote over ’em to seal ’em (which I woulda done anyhow to get a matte finish).
All the gear doors closed nicely with no filler(s) – the flaps, on the other hand, looked pretty daunting to me at the time. They would’ve required some major plastic surgery to get them installed in the up position, so I quit while I was ahead.
I applied just a tad of weathering here and there with Doc O’Brian’s “weathering powders”.
Apparently, I didn’t get the cockpit assembly in quite the exact location, because I had a difficult time gettin’ those two “half-sections” behind the canopy to line up and close correctly. Lesson learned for the others, I guess. In any event, I’m stickin’ a fork in it and callin’ it done (for now).
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