Corsair A7D – Commission Build
March 6, 2017 in Aviation
A major departure from my usual subjects – I tend to stick to 1/32 WWI aviation, but this 1/72nd A7D was built under commission, as a presentation piece for the pilot who flew the original, pictured below. He was an RAF Test Pilot, on an exchange visit to Edwards Test Pilot School. The Hobbyboss proved to be quite a challenge, with some poor fitting sections – particularly the port wing, which needed about a kilo of filler – or so it seemed at the time. I added an Aires resin cockpit, as the kit part was ordinary to say the least. As you can see the dominant colour was Insignia White. I initially pre-shaded the panel lines, but was not happy with the first coat of white which went over it, so I stripped it back, and started over. I tried the “black-basing” technique, which was almost a disaster. After completely painting in Gunze black, I began building up multiple layers of Gunze white, but was almost at the point where surface detail was beginning to be obscured, without the black base coat being covered. By accident I came across Mr Paints, and tried their version of Insignia white, which worked like a charm. I can’t rate those paints highly enough ! I also had to create my own custom decals, from “Experts Choice” clear decal paper, as those on the original “ED 194” were not commercially available. I also had some invaluable input from a guy who goes by the name of “Old AF Sarge”, who I found on the web. He helped my identify the 2 badges on the intake and the tail, which were “Air Force Systems Command” and “Air Force Flight Test Centre”. He also sent me JPEG images of both, which I was then able to reduce, tidy up (a laborious pixel-by-pixel process), print and apply. I have to say this was the part of the build which I was most dreading, but it actually turned out ok
I handed the finished article over last week (by post – I was petrified of sticking it under the control of the Postman), but it got there in one piece, and the commissioner reported that he was very happy with the finish. “Relieved” is not the word !
3 additional images. Click to enlarge