F-4U-1 early “birdcage” Corsair
This 48th scale Tamiya build was based on a couple of photos I saw in Jim Sullivan’s excellent reference Squadron/Signal’s “Corsair in Action” publication.
The “US Navy” font is a tad bigger than originally used, but it was the closest I had. As it was, I had to cut out each letter as an individual decal and (hopefully) get it straight. The kit [surprisingly] didn’t come with national insignia as a round blue/star sans the bar(s), so I had to dig through the stash to find those as well. They should’ve been a little larger, too.
I primed the entire kit with Tamiya white surface primer and then applied Model Master Aluminum Plate “buffable metalizer”. It didn’t shine up as well as past experiences, but I don’t usually prime the plastic – maybe that was why. Eduard masks were used for the main canopy frame, but the windscreen was done by hand (long story).
I now can see that the port rear side window needs some attention – the camera sees all.
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