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February 9, 2015 in Diorama

Dear all
this is my 1/32 Tamiya Birdcage. It had two layer chipping on the wing roots and the Air Force Stars were sprayed on. Final parts missing: antennas and propeller.
It is since a day now that I have serious doubts about the football career of my son. Condolences welcome.

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18 responses to Waterloo

  1. That’s the downside of hard floors vs carpets, I guess. You can easily lose parts in a carpet, but a hard floor is unforgiving. Please don’t ask me how I know.

  2. P.S. I hope I’ve understood your story correctly, apologies if I haven’t.

  3. Ouch! I hope thats repairable mate – it was looking good.

  4. Oh no… But hopefully, you can rebuild. Good luck. Was looking great.

  5. That actually has great potential for a crashed landing diorama, no joke.

  6. Stay positive. With your expertise you will have it repaired in no time. A crashed Corsair diorama on a Pacific airfield or patch of jungle would look great as well. I once exhibited a couple of models at the South African Nationals when a lad and a bouncing tennis ball wiped out 3 of my prized models!!! I know that sinking feeling all too well.

  7. Another idea would be to use your Corsair in a diorama depicting it as a derelict aircraft being used for parts or as a postwar derelict aircraft that some one bought as surplus.

  8. The way I see it, you have some choices here, so whatever you do, don’t toss it out – PLEASE. You can order any replacement/broken parts from Tamiya – or, you can, as some said, create an outstanding diorama and lastly, you can ask fellow modelers on the site(s) for some help. For instance, I have a boxful of leftover parts from MY 32nd “birdcage” (I think I may even have an old propeller that’ll work). Don’t hesitate to send out a plea for help. There’s a lot of modelers out there glad to help out.

  9. Sorry to see that….but on the positive side it appears that the model would be repairable. Hard to make an accurate evaluation from a single photo but it appears to me that there’s enough left intact to make the project worthwhile. You’ve done a fine modeling job with that Corsair and I hope you’ll salvage it and post the results here so we can see more of that beautiful model.

  10. From photos I’ve seen, in the Pacific crashed aircraft they couldn’t repair for various reasons were shunted off to the side of the runway, and used as a source of spare parts. If the gear is broken, jacked up or on oil drums or sandbags, etc.
    Any missing parts might have been already taken off. They used to call it “cannibalization”.
    Shep Paines B-25 dio springs to mind, though that’s postwar.
    I hope you can restore it, myself.

  11. Oh b****r, as the lads have said, something good always comes out of something bad.

  12. Having gone through similar events, that doesn’t look like anything a couple hours in the repair shop won’t fix. Nothing is irreparably broken, merely broken off.

  13. You should meet my father. He was a Flying remote control enthusiast. Always took two or three planes (big ones, balsa, doped fabric powered and sailplanes) and a large plastic garbage bag to the flying field. Came home with at least “one in the bag” most of the time. Felt that rebuilding was part of the deal. I never took that route-couldn’t handle the carnage. So, if you put it in perspective, it’s not so bad.
    Nice looking build, by the way…

  14. Dude! Great model….but I think you went a bit too far with the weathering? 🙂 Looks repairable?

  15. Many thanks for cheering me up guys.
    The point is: I had in mind a certain kind of model and I was very close. The only things that were missing to really get where I wanted, were such that I could have easily hired them from your views and everybody else’s too.
    How does it all end: I bought another kit, rescued the cockpit and the engine and …

    Meet you around.

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