F4U1a Corsair: VF-17 – 1/48 Tamiya
This is the Tamiya 1/48 F-4U1a Corsair – an older build of mine when I first tried out Lifecolor Acrylics. These went on very smoothly but tended to clog the airbrush until I got them thinned correctly. The color differentiation between the non-specular sea blue and ns medium blue is not very strong (especially when the darker blue is weathered) but neither is it very clear on photos of Ira Kepford’s a/c, which this represents.
I tried to weather the finish to show the effect of the coral dust on the runways VF-17 used as well as sun-bleaching (as is well known). I re-sprayed lightened shades over darker and also used pastels over an oil pin-wash. I didn’t go for a lot of chipping, though. I will embark on a couple of versions of the 1/32nd Tamiya eventually and photographing this again is interesting when considering painting challenges all around.
As for mods and after-market, the cockpit is partly Eduard and I wired the engine with a homemade ignition harness made from fine solder. All the rest of the detail is Tamiya, which is very fine in 1/48. The Tamiya kit is very well designed and very accurate, as most of you know, except for the step cut into the inside flap, which I filled. A pleasure to build and a relaxing way to get out of a modeling slump.
I hope you like this. Comments welcome.
16 additional images. Click to enlarge.