1/48th Tamiya F4U-1A Corsair
More and more I find myself building to model a plane that appeals to me as a result of seeing it in a photo. That was the case in my FG-1A build. The actual plane was FG-1A 13374 which was a stock Goodyear Corsair modified to flight test the top-mounted air scoop that eventually was used on the F2G Corsairs. I used the fine 1/48th Tamiya F4U-1A kit and scratch-built the air scoop by using a portion of the Monogram AD Skyraider nose intake which I cut down and shaped to fit the fuselage. I used some sheet styrene to outline the profile and using green putty, built up and shaped the scoop in accordance with what I saw in the photo. The rest of the build was pretty much out of the box. The plane has an Eduard instrument panel and some of the cockpit PE. The wheels are TD trimmed a bit. The exhaust stubs are from Ultracast and I used the Vector cowling set to detail the front of the engine cowling and I also wired the engine. The paint is airbrushed MM enamels. To add a little color to the aft end of the Corsair, I added the rudder-lock tabs. My thanks and appreciation go out to Pip Moss for the custom decal work. Now I'm patiently awaiting the arrival of the big new 1/32 Tamiya F4U1A...I've just got to build that one !