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Michael Drover
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Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1A Corsair, 1 Servicing Unit RNZAF, Henderson FieldGuadalcanal 1944 (bitsa)

August 14, 2022 · in Aviation · · 18 · 0.8K

G'day all.
I've just finished this one in time for our annual show next weekend.

It's the 1/48th as an machine with 1 Servicing Until while at Henderson Field at in 1944. This one is an interesting one as it is a spliced airframe from two crashed aircraft, hence the different schemes fore and aft. A bit of aftermarket was used; Eduard belts, a Yahu instrument panel and markings from Xtradecal. I had to make a new pitot as the sprue it was on was thrown out thinking that it was empty...doh.

There's lots pf layer of paint, oils and weathering effect to get it appearing as it did. In the reference photos I've found it appears that the forward half had a lot mor wear and tear than the rear. Certainly a subjective interpretation but there's lots of scope to weather it up.

Cheers, Mick.

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18 responses

  1. Awesome...well done

  2. Brilliant! Weathering and finish is next level. Thanks for sharing and good luck at the contest!

  3. Looks amazing, Michael!
    Love the painting and weathering!

  4. I thought I’d seen enough Corsairs but this one takes the biscuit, it deserves to win an award at your competition.

  5. Excellent on this build, Michael @mickdrover
    You should absoltuely be rewarded at the competition.

  6. Brilliant work on the painting and overall weathering.

  7. NZ Corsairs are a fascinating subject, hard to find a half-dozen that looked the same. Very nice build, Michael, and good luck with your comp.

  8. Excellent job on this model!

  9. That is a real beauty! Love all the weathering and paintwork.

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