Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1
I do enjoy building other subjects than P-40’s especially when an actual person can be associated with a model. This is my rendition of Cpt. Edward”Bud” Shaw’s Corsair when he served with VMF-213 with the Cactus Air Force on Guadalcanal. Shaw was from Spokane, Washington, and although he was originally rejected by the Navy he was able to get his wings from the Marine Corps. His first duty assignment as a fighter pilot was with VMF-213, The Hell Hawks, His first engagement in the Corsair was on June 30, 1942 where he shot down two Japanese float planes plus a Zero. During the next 13 months he would score 13 1/2 kills before rotating back stateside. While stateside Shaw was flying a Corsair at a training base and was unable to pull out of a power dive, crashed and was killed. He was 23 years old.
The Tamiya kit is well know to have excellent detail plus no fit issues and was fun to build. The only after market item added was an Ultracast seat because I hate working with PE belts. Since all the retail hobby stores are closed I worked with the paint I had on hand. So the Intermediate Blue and Light Sea Gray are Model Master rattle cans. A Pitt Pen plus home made washes were used to dirty her up a bit. Nylon thread was used for the antenna. The best research I could find suggested Shaw flew Number 4 as that’s how his unit roster listed him, as pilot number 4. I’m sure he flew various Corsairs while on Guadalcanal and that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Furthermore, I’m sure his A/C never had 13 1/2 kills on the fuselage so it’s modeler’s license to give him due credit.
The base is my recent try at replicating PSP along with sand. The PSP is counted cross stitch fabric sprayed with the color steel then dry brushed with various browns and rubber color paint. The sand is from model railroading dio ballast. The little rocks are small pieces of shredded rubber. It’s a long story how I ended up with it. In conclusion if you haven’t built a Tamiya Corsair I highly suggest you give one a try.
Stay safe out there modelers.
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