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Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1A WIP - Updated 10/12

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Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1A WIP - Updated 10/12
Posted by bstarr3 on Thursday, October 05, 2017 4:00 PM

Having completed my Hellcat diorama http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/176101.aspx, it's on to another PTO subject, one of Tamiya's great 1/48 Corsairs. This one is OOB except a resin seat and Montex masks for insignias. 

Cockpit. Resin seat with molded harnesses

Engine, wired using lawdog's method, of course.

Engine in cowling.  Separated cowling flaps with razor saw. Exhausts drilled out and painted with mission models burnt iron followe by AK rust pigment

As it sits now, fuselage halves and wing root together.  

 

Comments and criticisms welcome as always.  Thanks for looking

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Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, October 05, 2017 6:22 PM
That looks really nice, I really like the work you did on the engine

On my bench: AMT X-Wing (1/48ish?) rebuild

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Posted by bstarr3 on Thursday, October 05, 2017 6:34 PM

Thanks.  I've experimented with different materials - lead wire, copper wire.  This brass wire seems to be the right combination of size and stiffness to look good.  I measure out the different lengths and pre-bend them, then glue them all in place with CA.  

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, October 06, 2017 8:01 AM
Looks great

 

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Posted by bstarr3 on Friday, October 06, 2017 1:11 PM

Thanks!

Some more pics.  Wing spars installed for folded up wings

Did some carving and undercutting on the pilot figure to improve the detail. 

More.  This arm was basically a block of plastic from the back of the arm through the back to the parachute.  I just carved some of this out to create more definition.  Still needs some smoothing. 

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Posted by Toshi on Friday, October 06, 2017 1:19 PM

Love the work on your cockpit as well as the wiring of the engine.  Fueselauge looks fantastic!  I’m looking forward to you pulling everything together.

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

On the bench

Monogram 1/48 Black Widow 1974 boxing with AM Goodies

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Posted by bstarr3 on Saturday, October 07, 2017 2:12 PM

Cheers, Toshi! How's your wife doing?

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Posted by Toshi on Saturday, October 07, 2017 3:55 PM

She’s doing fine.  Thank you for asking sir, that’s very kind of you.  She starts photon radiation treatment in mid October.  

Jealous for your figure, you’re doing a phenom of a job there!  I wish I had that kind of technique and talent.  My figures always looks like the Walking Dead!  lol!

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

On the bench

Monogram 1/48 Black Widow 1974 boxing with AM Goodies

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Posted by bvallot on Saturday, October 07, 2017 9:24 PM

Bstarr3, beautiful job on that cockpit. That is really a sharp looking paint job. Well executed. Glad to see you're showing the pilot some love as well. They often need a lot of help. One thing I can share concerns the cowling flaps. I can't add any photos at the moment as I'm posting through my iPhone, but an image search of F4U-1 corsair cowling will turn up that the flaps shouldn't be all the way cut through. There's an overlap that occurs underneath the main flaps from a separate part as they spread open. If it's not too late you could still sand the flaps down thin and place cuts of Tamiya tape underneath to make up this part. Prime it and paint it. I did this for my P-40B a few years ago. It's beautiful and works like a charm. If I can find a picture of how that came out I'll post it for you if you'd like. 

Great looking corsair bstarr3. Tamiya's Corsair is a dream to build. =]

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Posted by Hunter on Saturday, October 07, 2017 9:48 PM

bstarr,

Beautiful job sir! Your detail work on the pit is top shelf, and wonderful job on the engine. LawDog's tutorial is a awesome tool. I really enjoy when the members in here do a WiP or tutorial on how to do things. It help's new guys like me. Again, absolutely stunning job sir.

Hunter 

      

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Posted by bstarr3 on Sunday, October 08, 2017 12:10 AM

bvallot thanks for the tip. I cut those flaps without thinking and then started to wonder if it was correct, since Tamiya going is usually write detailed and accurate. I might try some tape as you suggested. 

Hunter thanks for the kind words. I certainly love reviewing WIP threads and am happy to contribute to the conversation around here.

Toshi, thanks again. Glad to hear about your wife doing better

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Posted by ManCityFan on Sunday, October 08, 2017 10:06 AM

Wow.  That pit and engine are amazing.  Wiring the engine was well worth the effort, and also very well done.  I will be keeping an eye on this thread.  Thanks for posting.

D

Dwayne or Dman or just D.

 

 

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Posted by bstarr3 on Monday, October 09, 2017 11:11 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I've got some more pics to post but am limited to mobile and neither imgur not Flickr make it easy to post pics from phone

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:01 AM
Nice Pit and engine. I love Ultracast seats too. I use the same technique for wiring radials, it takes them up a notch.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by bstarr3 on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 10:44 AM
Thanks man, I learned it from you! I agree the ultrafast seats are a nice alternative to PE harnesses
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Posted by bstarr3 on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 2:12 PM

New pics. Like my Hellcat, I'm using the multilayer chipping technique from Doog's blog. Here is bare metal done in Vallejo metal colour aluminum.

 

Next a layer of Vallejo chipping medium airbrushed on, mixed 1:1 with water. Then Mission Models yellow zinc chromate

 

The chipping effect applied. This will be protected with a layer of future. Then more chipping medium over that and the camo colors. When chipping is applied to the top coat, it will show through to primer in some places and to metal in others.

 

Figure painting. Flesh and khaki colors blocked in with airbrush. Gloss medium added to paint to aid flow of wash.

 

More colors blocked in.

 

Finished. AK enamel dark brown wash and drybrushing with buff for the highlights. Drop of future on the goggles for lenses.

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Posted by bstarr3 on Thursday, October 12, 2017 9:22 PM

Problems with the Montex masks I ordered. First, the canopy masks were for birdcage model, not the 1A. So I saved those for a future birdcage Corsair and masked the old fashioned way.

Then, the insignias were way off scale. The Montex insignia on the right is the only one with bars. The decal insignia on the left is the correct size. It's off by about 50% it seems. 

I guess I'm going to order some aftermarket decals rather than work with the crappy Tamiya decals. Any other recommendations?

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Posted by RadMax8 on Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:30 PM

First, let me tell you your pilot looks fantastic! It's not easy to make figures look great in 1/48, but you nailed it. 

As far as the masks/decals go, that's a bummer about the size difference. Could it be the masks were for a particular plane that had non-standard markings? So I've built this kit twice, once with the standard kit decals and once with Aeromaster. Aeromaster decals are nice, very thin, go down easy, and come in a nice package. If you want to be bold, though... use the Tamiya decals with Mr. Mark Setter and Mr. Mark Softer. These are heavy duty and with some patience and persistence, you can make Tamiya decals look pretty darn good. 

Good luck!

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Posted by Toshi on Friday, October 13, 2017 3:02 AM

Your figure is exceptional.  I cant do that at all in that Scale.  Sorry to here of your decal issues.  I’ve built that plane twice and used the OOB decals both times without any issues.  Good luck sir!

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

On the bench

Monogram 1/48 Black Widow 1974 boxing with AM Goodies

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Posted by bstarr3 on Friday, October 13, 2017 10:58 AM

RadMax and Toshi, thanks for the kind words about the figure. I'm really proud of the way it turned out.

As for the masks, I think the problem comes from the numerous models of Corsairs. I got masks for the F4U-1/2, but my kit is the F4U-1A. I ordered the proper masks from eBay and will save the others for a different Corsair in the future. This, of course, means a hold on further painting until those are delivered. I inadvertently painted the underside of the folded wings white instead of blue, but now that will be the white base for the stars.

Anybody used masks who has recommendations for getting good results? I'm just planning to follow the instructions from the Montex website.

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Posted by RadMax8 on Sunday, October 15, 2017 9:51 PM

Well, as the late, great Bob Ross would say, "There are no mistakes, only happy accedents!" 

As for the masks, I would burnish them down well, and then spray a quick coat of the previous color to take care of any bleed issues. Then paint the next color, and so on. But that's just me!

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