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Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1 Corsair - Work in progress

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Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1 Corsair - Work in progress
Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 8:36 AM

Well gents,

 

1/32 WWII birds currently being my favourite modelling subjects, it is time for the next one after Hase's 109. Also, a radial bird will be a refreshment after two V's. :)

 

This will be my first Tami's big bird, probably my favourite WWII aircraft.

For the extras, and for the first time, I will be using Barracuda's resin wheels, HGW fabric seatbelts, EagleCals' decals and HGW standard cockpit stencils.

 

I will be trying multiple chipping method on the wing roots which I have previously done only once on a 1/48 Stuka. Challenging stuff to make it look right, at least in my experience

 

I will probably be doing the box art bird, Jolly Rogers 17-F-13. So far I have only one reference photo of this plane so if anyone has more please share or direct me to the source. It would be much appreciated! :)

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 11:30 AM

Wait. What? Two Corsairs at the same time? Nice.

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

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Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 1:01 PM

oortiz10

Wait. What? Two Corsairs at the same time? Nice.

 

 

Arrr matey! Big Smile

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Posted by wpwar11 on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 8:21 PM

You're going to love building this model.  It's easily the most fun I've had building plastic model airplanes.  The fit and detail are just incredible.  I used HGW belts and wet transfers.  Montex mask instead of the kit decals.  Only regret is I used the kits vinyl wheels instead of aftermarket.  Looks like you got the wheels covered.  I'll definitely build this again.  Enjoy.

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Posted by wpwar11 on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 9:09 PM

  Found some pictures of that build.

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Posted by Nikola on Friday, July 21, 2023 11:45 AM

wpwar11

You're going to love building this model.  It's easily the most fun I've had building plastic model airplanes.  The fit and detail are just incredible.  I used HGW belts and wet transfers.  Montex mask instead of the kit decals.  Only regret is I used the kits vinyl wheels instead of aftermarket.  Looks like you got the wheels covered.  I'll definitely build this again.  Enjoy.

 

 

Thanks Wpwar. I am very eager to start! :)

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Posted by Nikola on Friday, July 21, 2023 11:46 AM

wpwar11

  Found some pictures of that build.

 

 

Nice! Thanks! Great inspiration.

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Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 6:08 AM

Hi guys,

 

I am about to finally begin actual work on this beautiful kit and I have a question about the wing root exposed primer. I read that for the early Corsairs, prior to mid 1943, the inside of the cowl, rear tail wheel bay, etc. are in salmon pink, but I am not sure which primer should weathered wing roots show. As I understood, the pink salmon was actually intentionally modified YZC second coat so that they would be sure that the aircraft recieved two coats of primer.

 

I ask because I have only seen models with YZC showing on the wing roots.

 

Thanks in advance,

Nikola

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Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 11:53 AM

Maybe two coats of primer were applied only to areas where no further paint was to come.

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Posted by Nikola on Thursday, November 30, 2023 9:35 AM

I found this excerpt about Birdcages from Dana Bell's book:

 

"The aircraft was expected to have two coats of primer over most assemblies.  The first coat was untinted (yellow) zinc chromate; the second coat was to be tinted to ensure that there were no 'holiday' areas that received only one coat.  As such, there should be salmon nearly everywhere.

The inside of the engine cowl also needed an additional finish coat to reduce the possibilities of flash fires.  This was usually the same Light Gray camouflage lacquer used on Corsair undersurfaces."

 

I guess that the inside of the cowl flaps was also light gray.

 

Best,

Nikola

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Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 5:17 AM

Some initial progress...

Cockpit, tail wheel mechanism and engine parts ready for primer.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

Of course I managed to break both 0.3 and 0.4mm drill bits so it is what it is with 0.6mm in the end.

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Posted by fox on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 3:44 PM

Looking forward to seeing your work on this bird. Yes  

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

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Posted by Nikola on Friday, December 29, 2023 4:53 AM

Hi gents,

 

Some progress with the office and the engine. Not much and there is still a lot of work to be done, but this is it for now until I get back from vacation.

I intentionally slightly overdid the seat hoping that when the seatbelts come it will all be visually balanced.

 

 

I also decided not to scratch build the inside of the cowl flaps due to lack of enough free time. Thus I am going AM with this:

 

 

 

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Posted by Nikola on Sunday, January 28, 2024 5:06 PM

Cockpit almost done.

I f'd up some stencils and didn't use them in the end. This is my first time working with them so now know what to do next time. Lesson learned. :)

Left to do - some more dry brushing, chipping, scratches, seatbelts, etc. I might even do some wiring. I'll see.

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

 

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fox
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Posted by fox on Monday, January 29, 2024 3:58 PM

That is one of the best looking pits I have ever seen Nikola! The photo work is great too. Toast Toast Toast

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 9:34 AM

fox

That is one of the best looking pits I have ever seen Nikola! The photo work is great too. Toast Toast Toast

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

Thank you very much Jim! Appreciated. Very glad that you like how it turned out. :)

Best,

Nikola

 

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Posted by Nikola on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 2:16 PM

Seatbelts in place.

Only some idiot didn't read the text under the headrest which clearly says that the belts must go over the brace tube! :BANGHEAD2:

 

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 3:11 PM

Excellent work!

On the Bench: Too Much

fox
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Posted by fox on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 7:05 PM

Weeeeeeeellllllllllllll I'll tell you what. I won't tell anyone if you don't. Wink Wink Wink

Stay safe.

 jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

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Posted by lurch on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 2:00 AM

The cockpit detail is fantastic. You are doing a great job.

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Posted by Nikola on Saturday, February 17, 2024 11:50 AM

Thanks guys! Appreciated. :)

Best,

Nikola

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