Tamiya 1/72 scale FG-1A Goodyear
February 24, 2016 in Aviation
This particular aircraft was a Test plane used for airframe test for the F2G air scoop. The only know photograph of it was taken May 9,1944 and was taken at a low angle, making it difficult to get an accurate estimation of the actual dimensions of the scoop. What is know is that it looks cool, (good enough for me!).
I was inspired to do this project by one of my first visits to imodeler, when I came upon Jim Sullivan’s 1/48 scale Tamiya kit build of this same particular airplane (posted December 1, 2014). Thanks to imodeler I had the chance to message with Jim and gain a lot of valuable knowledge about Corsair’s. Dave Hansen another Corsair’s extraordinaire, also offered a lot of valuable knowledge about this aircraft and the kit, as he has probably built more Tamiya Corsairs than the law allows.
The main obstacle was to build the scoop. My idea was to do what Jim did and remove the scoop from an old Skyraider model I had. The model I had had a lousy scoop, rendering useless. I then started shaving down various spare parts and finally settle on a 500 bomb half from a 1/48 scale kit. After making six variations I finally came up with one that fit size and shape I was looking for.
I just happened to have a #3 decal from a 1/48 F-86 decal sheet that was the perfect font and almost the right size (lucky I had a couple extra’s too). I added some Eduard PE seatbelts and a stretched sprue antenna wire with a wire spring tensioner, that was actually a rubber tube thingy on the real one. The engine was also wired, however I did not get a very good photo of that area.
Thank you Jim and Dave for all your help !
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