1/48 Tamiya F4U-1/2 Birdcage Corsair (4 posts)

  • This is one of the last projects started in 2017, it has been awhile since my last Corsair, at least 20 years. This is my first venture with the well known Tam Corsair kit. And it is as advertised. The last Corsair is one of the first models I built when getting back into the hobby. it was the Academy 1/48th F4U-4. Still have it on the shelf. Anyway let’s start with what is in the box. Molded in Tamiya’s medium grey styrene (remember the Dinah is molded in a light grey). As Tamiya increased their line of 48th scale kits in the 90’s, you can see that they started to add more features like folded wings and dropped flaps. Yet still maintain a straight forward approach to assembling them. I remember one of the points addressed when this kit first came out the ability to fold the wings option made available. Eduard’s zoom set for the cockpit, Fast Frames for the cockpit masking set. And Aeromaster’s WWII USN/USMC Aces decal set. Which has a choice of several options for the Wildcat, Hellcat and Corsair. A real nice set which includes a bio and history summary of the pilots and their mounts. I got this set when it originally printed by Aeromaster around 1996-97. I have only used one of the schemes to date so far. More to follow when we get to the building stage. Thanks for viewing.,

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  • Now your cooking !!!! This has to be my all time favorite plane. I’ll be watching this one for updates………. 🙂

  • You know it is a treat into finally getting around into building the Tam Corsair, it is as advertised so far. Lot’s of detail yet easy to manage build. Still take my time and enjoy each step and the engineering that Tam made the effort in building a quality model.

  • As my usual way of doing things, I first applied the Polly Scale Acrylic Interior Green on the components still on the sprue. Then Tamiya Flat Black for the prop and engine. I use black to airbrush the engine first and then apply the metalizer over that. Since I had some yellow in the airbrush I also quickly masked and painted the tips of the prop at this time. While letting the paint set, I went ahead and assembled the bomb and drop tank. Though I will use either one, haven’t decided the configuration as yet. Being Marine most likely will go with the bomb. Thats it for now. More to follow.

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