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WIP Tamiya 1:32 F4U-1 Corsair AKA My Dream Kit

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  • Member since
    May, 2016
  • From: Rapid city SD
WIP Tamiya 1:32 F4U-1 Corsair AKA My Dream Kit
Posted by B-1 CrewCheif on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 6:08 PM

So, being a Michigan native I was always intrested in the history of my state espicially what happened during WWII. I found out that they pulled a F4U-1 Birdcage corsair out of Lake Michigan and after seeing pictures of what a Birdcage Corsair looked like it was instantly my favorite of all the Corsair variants, rocking my favorite paint scheme the blue grey over grey with stars everywhere.

Later i found out that Tamiya had released a 1:32 kit of the Birdcage and from then on i was telling myself "I WILL own that kit one day and build it" well after finding out this kit was out of production i jumped on the first one i found for a reasonable price.

After thinking over what big kit to build next tossing back and forth a few choices i fianlly settled on the big Corsair and i ahev top say now, Im glad i did. Ive never built a Tamiya 1:32 kit before but after this, im buying and building more.

Here is the cockpit subassembly 99% completed, i just need to paint the stick handle. I painted it with Alclad, MRP and Tamiya paints.

I chipped pretty much everywhere i thought there would be chipping as i know these Corsairs were seriously abused.

The seatbelts are aftermarket fabric seatbelts and took me a day to assemble but they are sooooo worht it. everything else is out of box.

The pictures were taken by my phone so they really dont show off all the detail and weathering.

Enjoy.

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On the Bench: 1:48 B-1B, and Kitty Hawk 1:32 T-28

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    February, 2012
  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 11:51 PM
One of the greatest kits on the planet. I've built two. The pit is looking great. Be careful attaching outer wing in down position. Its a weak joint and needs reinforcement from inside. That's the only drawback with this kit.

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

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    May, 2016
  • From: Rapid city SD
Posted by B-1 CrewCheif on Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:41 PM

lawdog114
One of the greatest kits on the planet. I've built two. The pit is looking great. Be careful attaching outer wing in down position. Its a weak joint and needs reinforcement from inside. That's the only drawback with this kit.
 

 

Thank you for the heads up! am planing on displaying this with one wing down and one wing folded up.

 

On the Bench: 1:48 B-1B, and Kitty Hawk 1:32 T-28

  • Member since
    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Thursday, January 11, 2018 8:11 PM

A great start sir.  One of my favorite Tamiya kits.

Your friend, 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:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining  this kit for my next build.

  • Member since
    May, 2016
  • From: Rapid city SD
Posted by B-1 CrewCheif on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 9:26 AM

Toshi

A great start sir.  One of my favorite Tamiya kits.

Your friend, Toshi

 

Thank you for your support

On the Bench: 1:48 B-1B, and Kitty Hawk 1:32 T-28

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    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 9:31 AM

I dolike the Corair, must be the crooked wings. I'm toying with the idea of getting the tamiya 72nd bird cage kit.

Thats a great start on the pit, great chipping effects and very nicely detailed.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

  

On the bench: Tamiya 1/72nd Bf 109E-3

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    January, 2017
  • From: Colorado Springs
Posted by mawright20 on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 9:55 AM
Bone Chief, where from in Michigan? I’m a Detroit native. Started my military career as an F-16 ADF crew chief at Selfridge ANGB. Mike
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Posted by Jay Jay on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 10:57 AM

WOW that cockpit is fabulous!  both the kit detail and the build/painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

  • Member since
    February, 2017
  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 1:34 PM
Lovely pit, been looking at buying one of these but seem to be ~£100, bit pricey. Is that pit OOB (except for seat belts) ? If not, what extras did you add ?

It's easy to fly, just jump and miss the floor :)

 

Currently on the bench just now Revell (03987) 1:48 Tornado IDS

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    March, 2003
  • From: Northern New Jersey
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 2:55 PM
Great looking work so far.

  • Member since
    May, 2016
  • From: Rapid city SD
Posted by B-1 CrewCheif on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 3:06 PM

Bish

I dolike the Corair, must be the crooked wings. I'm toying with the idea of getting the tamiya 72nd bird cage kit.

Thats a great start on the pit, great chipping effects and very nicely detailed.

 

Thank you, really happy with how the weathering came out and the level of detail that the kit provides is astonishing.

And I say go for it with the 72nd one!

On the Bench: 1:48 B-1B, and Kitty Hawk 1:32 T-28

  • Member since
    May, 2016
  • From: Rapid city SD
Posted by B-1 CrewCheif on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 3:09 PM

mawright20
Bone Chief, where from in Michigan? I’m a Detroit native. Started my military career as an F-16 ADF crew chief at Selfridge ANGB. Mike
 

I grew up in Howell (dont know if you know where that is) currently reside in Rapid City, SD at Ellsworth. I didnt know Selfridge had F-16s

On the Bench: 1:48 B-1B, and Kitty Hawk 1:32 T-28

  • Member since
    May, 2016
  • From: Rapid city SD
Posted by B-1 CrewCheif on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 3:11 PM

Jay Jay

WOW that cockpit is fabulous!  both the kit detail and the build/painting.

 

Thank you Jay, glad you like it. 

On the Bench: 1:48 B-1B, and Kitty Hawk 1:32 T-28

  • Member since
    May, 2016
  • From: Rapid city SD
Posted by B-1 CrewCheif on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 3:21 PM

Tubosteve
Lovely pit, been looking at buying one of these but seem to be ~£100, bit pricey. Is that pit OOB (except for seat belts) ? If not, what extras did you add ?
 

Yes the whole cockpit is OOB except for the seatbelts, and i have to say i thought the same thing for a while but i read a review once about it and the reviewer said if you cant afford it, save up and get it, its that good and i have to say, they were right. This kit is amazing on all aspects.

On the Bench: 1:48 B-1B, and Kitty Hawk 1:32 T-28

  • Member since
    May, 2016
  • From: Rapid city SD
Posted by B-1 CrewCheif on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 3:21 PM

Tojo72
Great looking work so far.
 

Thank you

On the Bench: 1:48 B-1B, and Kitty Hawk 1:32 T-28

  • Member since
    January, 2018
Posted by Benny on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 6:12 PM

I got this kit for Christmas and can't wait to get started.  But i have to finish the renovation of my modelling room aka The Bunker

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