1/48 HobbyBoss Early F4U-4
More often than not I now find myself building a model based on some photo that grabs me. Such is the case with this Corsair build. I used the HobbyBoss F4U-4 with the curved windscreen or as HobbyBoss calls it, the early version. The model is in the markings of VF-4 as seen aboard the USS Tarawa in 1946 as seen in the last photo in this batch. The kit presents a bit of a challenge as some shape corrections are needed. The front landing gear door as well as the area of the wheel well where that door retracted is mis-shaped.as is the ‘chin grin’ on the bottom of the engine cowling. The landing gear door issue was resolved by hitting the spares stash for a set of doors from the old Hasegawa kit. The wheel well issue was resolved by cutting away a bit of plastic on the bottom of the wing center section and shaping that opening properly. I replaced the kit cowling with the True Details (TD) offering which is a bit better but still doesn’t capture the air scoop look correctly. I used the TD weighted wheels trimmed to remove some of the excess bulge. The cockpit is a mix of kit parts and the TD F4U-4 cockpit set with individual instruments from the Airscale decal sheet. Decals were from ye ole decal stash box. The ‘T’ on the tail is masked and airbrushed. Paint was MM dark sea blue enamel (FS 15042) and all was oversprayed with Testors semi-gloss clear. The thing that really grabbed me on the photo of the real Corsair was the faded fabric covered outer wing panels. GSB paint was quite durable and when it did fade it usually just lost its gloss sheen and dulled out. For whatever reason, the outer wing panel fabric-covered portion did fade. While that’s unusual, the fact that the fabric covered rudder and elevators showed no sign of such fading.is even more puzzling. Perhaps they had recently been re-covered or replaced. In any event, I tried to replicate what I saw on the photo. Any comments or observations are welcomed.
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