Flying Leathernecks...1/48 Vought F4U-1 Corsair, VMF-213 "Hell Hawks", USMC

November 19, 2021 · in Aviation · · 13 · 1.7K


Here´s my dad´s newest model. kit, Eduard seatbelts, EZ line for brake lines and antenna wires, painted with a blue-gray selfmix /Tamiya XF-18 + XF-2) and Gunze H51 Light Gull Grey.
Wanted to use HGW wet transfers. My dad tried them out for the first time. It´s a 50/50 chance to get them off the carrier paper intact, onto the model and the carrier film off again form the model without damaging the ink. In the end my dad only applied some stencils and half of the lady. The girl comes as two part transfer, a white background and the coloured body. Sadly only the background went on well, so my dad painted the lady. The rest of the stencils and the stars are from the kit, The dices, elevens and the kill marks are decals from the Monographs Corsair Vol.I.
Usually my dad is no fan of heavy weathering. But these Marines Corsairs were flown until they almost fell apart. So my dad decided to do a worn, beaten and corroded aircraft, playing around a bit with paint shading, oilpaints and chipping. For the latter he initially tried the salt method but got no satisfying result, washed it off again, did some repainting and chose the hairspray method. Regarding the cockpit paint, we read too late, that the early Corsairs had a Dark Dull Green or Bronze Green cockpit colour.

Build thread here

Aircraft of 1st Lt George C. Defabio, VMF-213 "Hell Hawks", Guadalcanal 1943

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13 responses

  1. Very very nice finish on this one, and it’s my favorite livery for the Corsair! Thumbs up, one of your fathers finest work

  2. Great kit and great work, I love the look of the Birdcage. I really need to do another one sometime.

  3. Your usual Excellent result, Reinhard!

  4. Great work, Reinhard @grimreaper
    The weathering is perfect on this one, the amount of working hours is cleary visible.

  5. Fantastic work overall - the paint scheme and the weathering look amazing.
    The lady figure also is impressive.

  6. Great looking model! ?

  7. Excellent build, especially the finish.

  8. Allow me to say I think this is the best of your dad's paintwork. All of his stuff is good, but getting this scheme to not look overdone, and to look as realistic as it does, takes some serious talent.

  9. Another great Corsair today!

  10. Brilliant weathering!

  11. That's a fine build and paint work on a really nice Tamiya kit. Your Dad did an excellent job with that birdcage Corsair. Very good photography too.

  12. That is stunning! I love this scheme on the Corsair, and wow, he really nailed the weathering.

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