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Tamiya 1/72 scale F4U-1 Corsair

January 19, 2017 in Aviation

“Marines Dream”, has always been one of those scheme’s I’ve always wanted in my display case. The decals are BarracudaCals (sheet #BC72152). A great decal sheet !
I added some Eduard PE seatbelts and wired the engine, “this can cause blindness in 1/72 scale”.

The kit canopy sits too high in the open position. Being too cheap to buy an aftermarket replacement, (I like to think I’m more of modeler purist this way), I took the kit canopy and thinned it down by sanding the inside area and then re-polishing it until it fit as it should.

A special thanks to Dave Hansen and Jim Sullivan who were a tremendous help on this project.

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20 responses to Tamiya 1/72 scale F4U-1 Corsair

  1. Wiring the engine is not the only thing that could make you go blind on this little beauty! Excellent work, Terry, I especially like the finish.

  2. That really looks nice Terry, excellent looking paint job as well.

  3. Very nice job. Something different in a Corsair. Love it.

  4. That came out stunningly (is that a word?)….especially in that “smallish” scale (another questionable word). Your modeling talent(s) are displayed beautifully (that IS a word) on this Corsair. Very nice results indeed. 🙂

  5. Very nicely done Terry. To achieve that level of realism in building, painting, weathering and markings in 1/72nd scale is outstanding. Fine photography too.

    • Thanks Jim, I didn’t realize the background color blended in with the paint scheme as much as it did, until after I posted it.
      I had a lot of fun researching this with you, Thanks again !

  6. Terry, is this aircraft a repaint? The lower camou is higher. I know some strange stuff happened when the Navy changed over from the earlier blue gray/light gray to 3 color GSB, intermediate blue, and white.
    Mostly, Navy/Marine A/C in action stayed the same until rework, reissue, or training command. Local interpretations of BUAER directives make modeling interesting, this looks to be one of those.
    Insignia placement was interesting, also.

    • Good question Bernard about the high line of the light grey camo, and to be honest, I don’t know. The actual photo’s clearly show this pattern, it also shows blue behind the #576 and blue behind the nose art. My guess it was an “in the field” paint scheme, but I have know idea why,this being a land based Marine aircraft it took a real beating. Photos of it being hoisted up after a crash landing, shows a lot of touch-up to the paint. I also have to admit, the weird paint scheme was a real attraction to me.

  7. Wow – great looking Corsair! I love the scheme, and your finish work is superb. Nicely done!

  8. Beautiful ” Bent wing”.

  9. Good looking model Terry, well done.

  10. Terry, great work! I really wish you had more pictures, including a closeup of the “wired” engine which caused blindness – LoL!

  11. Marines Dream was originally delivered in the Blue-Grey/Light Grey finish, and had an in-the-field application of Sea Blue. Terry’s rendition here is quite accurate, most don’t get it right.

    Very nice work on this, particularly given it’s 1/72.

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