Tamiya F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair 1/48 Scale
When Tamiya came out with their excellent Corsair, I had to jump at the chance to build one. Of coarse this led to another and another, and so on. You know how that is !
Plenty has been said about the kit, over the last few years so I’ll skip the review, but I will just say this is a great kit, I’m sure everybody that has built it will agree.
Although I built this kit around 10 years ago, I have cleaned it up twice since. The first minor rebuild was to correct a few minor errors, however like most of us when we are not quite satisfied we will eventually try to fix those nagging imperfections, or as I like to say ” one last chance to wreck it”!
So a while back I’d finally had enough and took it off the shelf and went to work.
The first thing was to remove the cowl and wire the engine, I then touched up a seem dent, and painted the walkways on the upper wing surface. A little more paint chipping especially around the gun areas and the leading edge of the wings. I of course broke the antenna wire so that was replaced. A little pastel chalk to bring out that wonderful South Pacific sun baked look (especially on the canvas covered areas) and there your have it, one Birdcage Corsair representing VMF 124 on Guadalcanal in 1943.
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