Modeling by David Hansen


A Good Year for Corsairs

by David Hansen on April 28, 2015 in Aviation -- 20 Comments

Here is my 32nd scale Tamiya F4U-1 Birdcage, built to depict the prototype Goodyear FG-1 built in Akron Ohio and first flown in about June of 1943. Goodyear missed introducing the Corsair during the earlier Blue Gray and Light Gray […]

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ALMOST as good as the 32nd scale Tamiya Corsair…… The 72nd scale Tamiya Corsair

by David Hansen on January 27, 2014 in Aviation -- 21 Comments

Following on James Kelley’s excellent article on the 32nd scale Tamiya Birdscage, and because i am totally bereft of originality, i thought i’d post an article on my latest labour of love. This is my latest 72nd scale Corsair, Number […]

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“RIDE NUNC” (Laugh Now). (Hasegawa F-8E Crusader, 1/48th scale)

by David Hansen on March 22, 2013 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

This is the story of a 15-year-old running joke between Myself and the Vice President of North American Sales at Gulfstream. Raynor Reavis knew that i was a model builder, and asked me if i would build a model of […]

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First of the Vero Beach Projects- The Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat (1/48th Scale)

by David Hansen on March 21, 2013 in Aviation -- 11 Comments

I’m not sure what i can say about the Tamiya F4F that hasn’t already been said by others. It marked Tamiya’s return (in a BIG way) to the 48th scale aircraft segment, it filled a ginormous gap in WWII Naval […]

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Tamiya 1/48th Scale F4U-2, “BLACK GEORGE” VMF (N)- 532, South Pacific, 1944

by David Hansen on February 5, 2013 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

This is the Tamiya F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair, built with the optional conversion parts to do an F4U-2 Night Fighter. It’s the third 48th scale WWII Pacific Fighter i’ve finished, dating back around mid 2007. It’s also the first model i […]


Worst of the Best? Or: How i rescued a discarded model from certain destruction (Tamiya F4U-1D, 1/72nd Scale)

by David Hansen on December 14, 2012 in Aviation -- 20 Comments

When was the last time you saw someone build a Brewster Corsair?? The story of this model begins in failure. I had gotten this model almost ready for the “Fiddly Bits” in 2004 when it suffered a catastrophic structural failure […]