Tamiya F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair, 1/48.
The first of many Tamiya Corsairs I did was this one, built alongside an F4U-1D. I started this back in April last year and completed in just 3 weeks, which is a record for me but that is largely due to having plenty of time off due to lockdown.
Resin flaps were used in this as the kit comes with ones that are down, however it really isn’t a difficult modification to make the kit parts be up if you wish. One advantage of the resin set is it doesn’t have the foot step on the right inboard flap which shouldn’t be on any aircraft until the F4U-4 came into service (with 1Ds afterwards being produced with the cut out, plus some having their flaps if damaged replaced with one with the hole).
Definitely a fun build, I’m a big fan of these early Birdcages and the colouring looks great. This was painted with Tamiya paints mixed up as specified in the instructions (you know its old when it lists paint with XF, not their AS spray cans). Its funny actually, I remember looking in a toy shop as a kid and seeing a Corgi die-cast Corsair with this exact scheme and really wanting to buy it but obviously not having the money, so now I finally got one. Complete with the really poorly detailed tamiya decal of the eagle.
Definitely wouldn’t mind making another one of these beaten up Marine Corsairs, I did this one with mutli-layer chipping fluid so you can see the salmon red primer and the metal in various degrees. I ended up chipping this too much and toning it back with spraying aluminium over the top, but it was my first time using chipping fluid so it would never be perfect.
Fun fact: The Tamiya Corsair doesn’t have the best wheels up conversion out there, the doors don’t fit very nicely into the wells sadly. This was the first time trying it and I put way too much filler on it, loosing all the edges. I had no idea how to rescribe detail (not that I’m much better nowadays anyways), so simply drew the wheel doors on with a pencil. Actually works surprisingly well if you ask me, but I haven’t used that method again since.
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