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stephen leslie
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TAMIYA 1/32 F4U1a.

June 30, 2020 · in Aviation · · 15 · 2K

This is my .

It's a beautiful kit and really needs no aftermarket to make a fantastic model.

Nonetheless I added some HGW seatbelts as well as Barracuda cockpit stencils and various bits of wiring to the cockpit.

I also made up actuators for the cowl flaps from aluminium strip and wire.

It's painted using custom mixes of various Mr Color acrylic lacquers.

All the markings were painted using both Montex and handmade masks.

I also used HGW wet transfer stencilling instead of decals.

I then weathered it with Windsor and Newton Alkyd oils, metallic pencils and added some fuel spills with a combination of olive drab and zinc chromate aqueous acrylic before a final filter to blend everything in.

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15 responses

  1. Awsome kiwi Corsair! Great paintjob.

  2. Awesome indeed, a very well balanced model in terms of paint and weathering. Thumbs up!

  3. Beautiful result - and very nicely documented. Clearly you lavished a lot of time and talent on this one.

  4. Great job on the weathering with the primer showing through.

  5. What a beauty this is, Stephen.
    A perfect finish on all elements.

  6. Very impressive paint and weathering. Beautiful model.

  7. Beautiful! Love the paintwork and weathering - top notch - well done!

  8. Outstanding model, especially the paintwork. Kiwisairs have great markings that go with the plane.

  9. You definitely made the most of this kit. Beautiful work.

  10. Stephen, Really nice work on this excellent kit. I really like the beautiful paint work, with the not too weathered or worn look. Well done !

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    Walt said on July 1, 2020

    Beautiful build. Tamiya just continues to produce kits that build so nicely and are such an incredible pleasure to build. You did a phenomenal job on your Corsair. Beautiful.

  12. Everything is said by the above gents, Stehen.
    Excellent allaround, love the weathering in particular!

  13. Quality work by a perfectionist. Build, paint, detailing, weathering & photography. Just beautiful Steve.

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