Well, any doubts that the model is easy to assemble should be assuaged by these assembled photos. it’s actually a very simple kit, I had forgotten in 17 years how simple.
The strange thing was, when I attached the wing sub-assembly to the fuselage sub assembly, the front of the wing assembly that attached to the fuselage nose was about a 1/16″ wider than the fuselage. But when I widened the fuselage by pulling it apart to fit, it ended up being “right” when I attached the parts for the engine and cowling assembly. Go figure!
As you can see, no putty or other filler anywhere, I was even able to sand that ferschlugginah “crease” in the forward fuselage into non-existence with only a very narrow 1/8-inch wide band to rescribe detail through.
I cut the elevators off and posed them “drooped” slightly, per the two photos of the real thing I am using.
A nice thing I had forgotten was that the vertical fin is offset to the left as it should be on the Corsair and often isn’t in kits.
Assembly might have been slower if it weren’t for the fact everything external will be Glossy Sea Blue. I’ll do some fading and ultimately try to “distress” the finish per those two photos.
So, paint it tomorrow with Xtracrylix GSB (the best rendition of that color, in my book) and then the decals from Rebelalpha will arrive tomorrow and go on over the weekend.
I’m thinking of robbing all my P-51 kits for 250-pound bombs to hang underwing and make it a real “bomb truck.”
Oh yeah, the two pieces of Evergreen sheet styrene on the belly are representations of the armor plate that was welded on to the lower fuselage of the AU-1 and F4U-7, as I recall from working on the restoration of F4U-7 BuNo 133722.
3 attached images. Click to enlarge.