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F-4U-1 early “birdcage” Corsair

This 48th scale Tamiya build was based on a couple of photos I saw in Jim Sullivan’s excellent reference Squadron/Signal’s “Corsair in Action” publication.
The “US Navy” font is a tad bigger than originally used, but it was the closest I had. As it was, I had to cut out each letter as an individual decal and (hopefully) get it straight. The kit [surprisingly] didn’t come with national insignia as a round blue/star sans the bar(s), so I had to dig through the stash to find those as well. They should’ve been a little larger, too.
I primed the entire kit with Tamiya white surface primer and then applied Model Master Aluminum Plate “buffable metalizer”. It didn’t shine up as well as past experiences, but I don’t usually prime the plastic – maybe that was why. Eduard masks were used for the main canopy frame, but the windscreen was done by hand (long story).
I now can see that the port rear side window needs some attention – the camera sees all.

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12 responses to F-4U-1 early “birdcage” Corsair

  1. Craig,

    Nicely done. You can’t beat the Tamiya kit. I have the new 1/32 kit and it looks amazing. Hope to get to it soon.

  2. Craig…..Nicely done Corsair and I REALLY like the way you did the photos.

    • Thanks, Jack…it’s quite simple really – I have a black wooden triangular base thingie I got someplace (I forget where), along with a black signboard for the back and two smaller black cardboard pieces for the two ends/sides. The pics actually come out better without using the overhead desk lamp I use while at the bench.

  3. nicely done Craig and a scheme i’ve never seen modeled

  4. Very clean work, Craig. Your Corsair sure looks great in overall silver.

  5. Excellent. Love the Corsair.

  6. Beautiful Corsair, very classy paint job! Also, loved the camera work. The plane’s detail works really stand out. I hope you don’t mind me asking what camera did you use? Again, GREAT WORK!

    • Thank you, Roberto…rather than dig out the SLR digital Canon from the gun safe, I grabbed my old Nikon Cool-Pix 8800VR,which at the time of purchase, was a really good camera – and still is, for that matter…it just won’t take satisfactory photos of a moving subject or good close-ups like the Canon will.

  7. You just don’t see many Silver Corsairs. It looks good, even if it didn’t buff like you expected. You may have needed to do a light sanding of the primer underneath. Something to try next time. I really do like the lines of the Corsair, and prefer the early ones like this one with the framed canopy. Nice work!

  8. This is one awesome Corsair! Love the overall silver scheme! Really awesome job you’ve done!!!

  9. Very, very nice work, I think the finish looks just right. I wonder where the word “Corsair” comes from, Ford in Europe had a smart looking saloon called the Corsair in the mid sixties as well.

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