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Ramon R. Lomeli
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Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1A Corsair

January 22, 2019 · in Aviation · · 30 ≡

Hello iModeler! Here is my , built out of the box except for some True Details resin wheels. I used EZ line for the antenna wires. Paints are Vallejo Model Air acrylics shot freehand through my Sotar 20/20. It's kind of hard to see, but I also added ignition wires to the cylinders.

This was a fun kit to build. The fit overall was pretty good, although I did have to take my time getting the wing sections to fit smoothly. If I had opted to pose the wings folded, that would not have been an issue.

Anyways, thanks for looking - until next time!

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  1. That turned out very out very well Ramon. I agree with the wings, I chickened out and went with the fold option

  2. Beautiful build, my friend...gotta love those Tamiya Corsairs - 🙂
    I've built several, both extended and folded wings - no issues encountered.

  3. Excellent build, nice airbrush work!

  4. Gorgeous! nice finish, and balance. I just picked up a birdcage off of ebay...and Vallejo paints, this is a great motivator.

  5. Excellent build! Love the weathering.

  6. Very nice Ramon. Great job on the weathering.

  7. Very redone!

  8. Now who doesn't like a Corsair? Nicely done Ramon, this old dude likes it.

  9. I'm with Tom here, Ramon ... and all the others! This F4U is great! I really like that you did the 3-color scheme with the red outlined star & Bars!

    As Tom said: "Now who doesn’t like a Corsair?" Amen!

  10. Very nice looking - I'll add my voice to the others, and say it looks great! I do also really like the way you weathered it. just the right amount in my opinion. and I like the way you have the primer showing through on some of the wear areas.

    • Thanks Paul! i was experimenting with new weathering techniques on this build. It didnt turn out as I expected but I did learn from it and will apply lessons learned to the next build. 🙂

  11. Excellent! Love the weathering and finish work on this - looks spot-on! A beauty of a Corsair.

  12. Very nicely done Ramon...great job on the tri-color scheme and the weathering. As a side note, 'BIG HOG' (F4U-1A 17649) did survive its combat service and was returned to the U.S. to be refurbished and assigned to the training command.

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  13. Nice work, great result.

    An easy way to solve the fit problems on the wing is to take some thin plastic sheet and make tabs - glue them into the outer wing, and you have some "extra surface" for the glue to grab.

  14. Very nice finish.

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