F4U-4 Academy 1/48 “Wrong Carrier Landing”
What happens when you drink too much and land your aircraft on the wrong carrier?
The crew takes you to record what happened, they give you food, and when you return your plane is vandalized with jokes and paint.
I have always wanted to represent this kind of navy curiosities in one of my models, I haven’t found any kind of decals to do what I wanted, I haven’t seen one built on the internet yet, so this was the perfect opportunity to experiment and develop new skills.
I decided to do my own custom decals, and after a lot of trial and error, and a lot of visits to my local print shop, I managed to finally print and use the infamous decals of this shameful aircraft.
I got a resin cockpit which I modified to use on my kit, made the pylons from scratch, the wings were modified to display them folded, and finally made a hole on the right flap for the pilot to step inside de cockpit, the navy blue was a mix of Tamiya X-3 Royal blue with a few drops of XF-17 Sea Blue.
It was a really fun and interesting project, I hope you enjoy the end result.
Also, I got the whole process in video format on my YT channel, please check it out: youtu.be/7wj4StBK69Y
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