Corsair build, some tips, and what a great fit
First, the beer. I am not in general fond of Pumpkin beers, especially ones from larger breweries. As often as not it is like they tried to stuff a pie in a bottle with some alcohol. But here in the Pacific Northwest I have found 3 I like. One is the one seen from Ninkasi Brewery on Eugene, slightly hoppy, some spice but not sweet. The other is Elysian Night owl, slightly less hoppy and more spice, but again not icky sweet. The last is one I have yet to find this year and that it Pike’s Harlots’ Harvest which is the best of the bunch in my opinion. Anyway on the the Corsair. As I detailed the inside of the aftermarket cowl flaps, added the exhausts to the engine etc. I found myself wondering how I was going to mask the area without damaging it. Also I was wondering how I would be able to sand the joints where the center wing assembly meets at the front of the firewall. I decided to try holding the pieces together and see if I could slip the exhaust in place and fit the engine/cowl assembly on afterwards, and I could! So I glued things together and sanded. My plan is to paint the fuselage, add the front section so I can mark the demarkation lines, the pull it off and paint it using a circular mask at the back. Then I will attach it and touch up/even out things and then weather the whole aircraft. I will say this is the best fitting model I have ever built, the last 3 pictures show the fit, and the only spots I have used filler on so far. The wing leading edge on the port side, was entirely my fault having gotten heavy handed sanding off the sprue attachment. On to the landing gear! On that note, the wheels and tires are not as great as the rest of the kit, so I have some smooth tread Barracuda resin replacements coming. Pictures show most VF-17 birds with smooth tread, so the diamond pattern is not correct anyway. Though my bet is they used what they had and you would be safe using either. Also no MG barrels in the kit, just holes in the wings. So I have some barrels coming as well, won’t see them much, but I will know they are there!
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