1/48 F4U-1A Corsair by Tamiya
Good kit. Old but good by Tamiya.
I got it for about 5 USD with a yellowish decal.
I've learnt so much on this build!
First of all, this is my 1st build on a WWII fighter jet/aircraft. I gotta say the weathering progress is fun! The use of contrasting base colors is what makes this build interesting. With an airbrush, red, blue and yellow are painted with a certain step to form variations of base colors. For example, I put blue and then red to make a brownish base tone, thus forming a darkening navy blue, after painting the main navy blue layer. It is a more interesting and colorful way to have a weathered navy blue. Moreover, the main navy blue is not exactly navy blue. By mixing blue, yellow and a bit of black, the main ‘navy blue' came out to be a bit yellowish, almost green - which is totally reasonable for a weathered, fading navy blue aircraft on the sea.
The kit doesn't come with great details and no rivets.Therefore, as a test, I hand-painted dots and bits to imitate the chipping effect on the rivets. It was time-consuming but it's really enjoyable and satisfying.
Last but not least, this is my first time making the antenna wire. With a lighter, I stretched a piece of styrene rod and fixed it on with an instant glue. It was really challenging and I feel like I need to practice more. Nonetheless, I'm happy with the result.
P.S. I got the Canon M50 mk2 a few months ago, thought that would be enough for basic model photography without hurting my wallet. I was wrong! The kit lens coming with the camera couldn't get the focus point for the photos. For a 1/48 aircraft this small, the photos were really taken to the limit. Any suggestions?