I mentioned that I was going to post up the progress made on the models in my first posting. So these pictures will show you the work that has already been done, as well as some of the additional resin parts I have obtained over the last few years.
To begin with, the interior of the fuselages were painted using “Interior Green”. I painted the interior of the tail wheel area and rear fuselage in this color also on the Goodyear plane.
The Vought plane will have this location painted using “Salmon”. Since the Vought plane was refurbished by the Navy later in the War, the cockpit was most likely was painted using “Interior Green” as well. It was noted that the cockpit sidewalls would have been black above the consoles.
That still has to be painted.
This is the Vought plane.
The cockpits have been assembled and a base coat of Interior Green was sprayed on them. More detail painting will be done.
I might go back and add some “Salmon” color to the “Hell Hole” area on the Vought cockpit. I’m still undecided about this however.
The engines have been assembled and painted.
Ditto for the main wheels. The center hubs have not been painted in the correct colors yet………..
The propellers are ready to install once I get to that point.
Here’s all of these parts combined for one of the planes.
and a picture showing these parts together for both Corsairs. “Iron Werks” style……….. even though it’s not a Grumman plane.
I have painted the cowling in an “Yellow Orange” color……………. but after closely studying the original B&W photo closer I think this could be wrong. If you look at the original B&W picture, the propeller tips are a different shade than the cowling is. This indicated to me that the colors were different.
I’m going to guess and say the cowling “could” have been left in unpainted with top color blues, and might simply been left in a yellowish green “Zinc Chromate” color. So this cowling will get re-sprayed………. The interior color will remain the same. It’s a light gray.
I started collecting resin parts. This is what I have on hand at the moment. I picked up 3 sets of flaps.
This will allow me to pose the flaps easily in the “raised” position, and also eliminate the pesky boarding step at the same time. I will definitely be using one of these sets for the Goodyear Corsair, since I want to replicate the original B&W picture as close as I can.
The flaps are raised on the Goodyear plane in the photo. I may keep the other two sets for future F4U builds and have them dropped on “485”.
I also picked up a set of “smooth” tires for the Goodyear plane, and a reinforced “Turtle Deck” area in resin. This last part will most likely be saved for another future F4U build…………… unless I decide to add some more planes during this journal.
The wheels are also made by “Ultracast” out of Canada. They look pretty nice.
as does the resin Turtle Deck which is made by Vector.
This last picture shows the latest F4U addition, and it’s the Yahu instrument panel located in the bottom right hand side of this next photo.
I have yet to decide on which plane I will use this part on. I’m leaning towards “485” since it will have the canopy posed in the open position.
There you have it…………….. all of the progress done so far with these.
“comments are encouraged”.
Thanks for looking.