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Erik Wade Whipple
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Tamiya 1/48th F4U-1D of VMF-312

July 25, 2013 · in Aviation · · 13 · 2.1K

Here's the second of my recent projects. Built to represent a USMC Corsair from VMF-312 while based on Okinawa in the spring of 1945. "530" was flown by several pilots, including 1stLt Merritt O. Chance. The rising sun markings may be fictitious since I've only seen them on an artist's profile and have no photos of the port side. Only additions were tape belts, antenna wires, and ignition harness.

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  1. Nice looking Corsair, Eric. I like the treatment of the wing walkways. Sadly, i already posted my 48th scale F4U pics, so i will be unable to attend what will no doubt be a slew of Corsair postings...


  2. You're the first guy i have seen to raise the flaps successfully on this kit Eric. Looks nice! Very nice.

    • Thanks Tom. It requires some modification of the flap parts, namely cutting in recesses for the actuator bits to butt into and slight beveling of the flap sides to get them to snuggle in beside one another and marry up.

  3. Again, another beautifully finished Corsair.

  4. Very nice Corsair! Nice weathering!

  5. Just the right amount of weathering, wonderful model.

  6. love those flying checkerboards...i have those decals and i love that photo of them in the squadron signal profile...great looking model

    • Thanks, Bob. Just beware that if it's Aeromaster 48-151C "Bent Wing Birds" that the checker decals are sized for the Otaki kit and the fit is problematic. Also, on my set there was so much blur in the checkers that I had to paint over all of them with a fine brush. Got the result I was after, but it was tedious.

      • thank you for the heads up...i have the superscale sheet but didn't even realize it was for a 1-A till you mentioned Otaki then i saw the brace on your canopy...thank you for the enlightenment

        • Bob, your Superscale sheet may be meant for the Tamiya F4U-1D. I think the only reason Aeromaster included the option on their Otaki-sized sheet is because they liked it. The -1D's operated by VMF-312 still had the braced canopies,

  7. What a finish! Masterful work as usual Erik. As to the checkers... consider yourself "kinged" 😉

  8. Great Job Eric!
    Terrific weathering really looks great.

  9. Erik,
    What can I add that has not already been said. Very nicely done. I really like the way you weathered it. Great looking Corsair.

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