SEARCH FINESCALE.COM

Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

1/32 Tamiya F4U-1A Corsair VMF-214 "Pappy" (FINISHED)

6746 views
69 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
1/32 Tamiya F4U-1A Corsair VMF-214 "Pappy" (FINISHED)
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 4:31 AM

Ruh roh...I'm suddenly addicted to 1/32.  This could be an expensive predicament.  I'm finding that because everything is bigger, it's much easier to work with.  The only problem is the larger size requires more detail.  Lets hope I'm not biting off more than I can chew.  Here I'm taking a shot at Tamiya's new Corsair F4U-1A, which will be the first of two.  

Of course my first venture at this kit will be in the markings of one of my personal heroes, Gregory "Pappy" Boyington.  I'll be doing his often used 740 from December of 1943.  Those not familiar, he was commanding officer of VMF-214 and a 22 kill ace (I did his 915 last a few years ago with the 1/48 kit).  He's most commonly associated with 86, but he never flew it apparently, only used it for a publicity photo.  He did fly 740, 883 and 915 in combat and the latter he was shot down in.   

   

I secured Montex masks for this project.  They worked like a charm on my Typhoon and have no qualms about using them again.  

Here I go.  I started with the cockpit.  The Tamiya cockpit is nothing short of a work of art.  Hands down the best I've ever seen.  I went with Gunze Interior Green over flat black base.  I painted everything else by hand using the instructions as a general reference.  It got my normal wash and then dull coat.  The instrument panel was awesome.  A clear plastic piece goes in the back and into the dials then decals go on the back of that. It looks like glass fromthe front.....simply stunning.  I did find the kit provided PE (well...more like sheet metal) belts to be thick and unforgiving.  I had trouble posing these realistically. I'll definitely go aftermarket with these on the second one.  In the larger scale I find that more drybrushing is beneficial as it really brings out the detail.

     

Oh yeah, they have you build up the tail wheel area too.  I painted it XF-4 Zinc Chromate over flat black.  I'm not sure how much will be seen once closed up so I didn't go crazy in there.  

     

I'll probably close it up then switch gears to the engine next....we'll see..

 "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
    December 2015
  • From: providence ,r.i.
Posted by templar1099 on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:35 AM

I'd kill to get my cockpits to look like that . Absolutely outstanding work so far.

"le plaisir delicieux et toujours nouveau d'une occupation inutile"

  • Member since
    September 2014
Posted by rooster513 on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:23 AM

Looks great Joe! The cockpit is beautiful. Looking forward to seeing more of this. Using the masks ought to make for some very nice looking markingsYes

-Andy

  • Member since
    August 2009
  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 7:41 AM

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to see you take on this. This is #1 on my wishlist.  It will be one of the rare 1/32 kits for me also when I get my hands on it. But, I simply cannot resist this beauty.

Your cockpit and interior are your usual stunning work Joe. It really is inspiring to see someone with your skills get there hands on such an incredible kit. I'm in like flint on this one with you. 

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by BrandonD on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:44 AM

Ooooh, yess. I've been waiting to see you start this one. ANd Boyington, at that. I remember loving the TV show reruns when I was growing up, and I read his book years ago and really enjoyed it.

Great job on that pit, and in general so far.

-BD-

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:20 AM

Thanks everyone. 

So far this thing is a dream.  I had no trouble inserting the cockpit and then closing the fuselage.   

The top fuselage inserts behind the cockpit fit perfectly.  

I turned my attention to the engine.  Tamiya did a nice job with it, providing separate parts, such as push rods and magnetos, so everything can be painted spearately.  I did just that then glued it together (leaving the gear box off till the end).  There were two options for magnetos and gearbox ring, perhaps and early or late engine.  I picked the later one I think.  I'm no Pratt and Whitney expert.  I then ran copper stereo wire to simulate the ignition wires.  This was sooooo much easier in this scale.

Put it together.....

Now it was weathered with a detailer wash and dull coat.  At this stage, I drybrushed some silver on the gear box to bring out the highlights.  I've been doing this lately and have liked the results, as the wash had been concealing the drybrushing before.  It was then finished off with a quick blast of Tamiya Smoke X-19 to give it that smokey appearance.

I would imagine most of this will be hidden by the cowl.  But it's still worth it.

Time to get going on the wings...

      

 "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
    August 2009
  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Saturday, March 4, 2017 7:03 AM

Outstanding progress Joe. That sweet kit responds well to your very skilled touch. Especially the engine. You dressed that up real nice. So, doesn't this kit come with removable panels on the cowling or clear cowling in order to display that sweet engine? Thanks for sharing Joe.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

  • Member since
    December 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Saturday, March 4, 2017 11:19 PM

As usual you're work is exemplary. Your works in progress really serve as tutorials for master classes in model building.

I'll not be building any 1/32 scale aircraft since I A) don't have the room and, B) don't have the $$ and, C) don't have the talent to make the kit turn out like the works of art from your hands but I am enamored of F4U's in any scale so I'll be following along.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

  • Member since
    September 2016
  • From: L.A. (Lower Alabama)
Posted by SaltydogII on Saturday, March 4, 2017 11:36 PM
Looking tight Law!!

Chris

  • Member since
    March 2003
Posted by rangerj on Sunday, March 5, 2017 7:03 AM

That looks like it will be a great tribute to "Pappy" . He was one of those greatest generation folks who were "larger than life". Pappy said that if "they" had known that he was still alive he would never have received the  Medal of Honor. The night before he received the MOH he went on a "bender" and the day he received the MOH two Marines had to go find him and hold him up so Presedenrt Truman could put the Medal on him. The photos you "see" were taken later for publicity purposes. Pappy had a drinking problem and it took a long time and four wives to resolve, but he was none the less a true American hero and icon. I'm looking forward to the finished product.

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, March 5, 2017 10:56 AM

Beautiful work, Joe. A stunner in the making. And I agree that the larger scale would be easier to work on and also call for more details, a trap indeed. Very nice.

BK

On the bench:

A lot !! And I mean A LOT!!

2024 Kits on deck / in process / completed   

                         14 / 5 / 2  

                              Tongue Tied

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, March 5, 2017 11:50 AM

First off, I got my wish....hoped you'd do a WIP on this and here it is.

Second off.......

lawdog114
Ruh roh...I'm suddenly addicted to 1/32.

Oh how that leading sentence scares me. I have two 1/32 birds in my stash (one is a Tamiya Corsair but that's not important), and have been pondering moving back up in size. I built a lot of 1/32 as a kid as I recall. Hearing your opening comments sensing your enthusisam has me scared without having even having read on yet, Joe.

Thanks for the WIP and now I'm off to read on....

  • Member since
    December 2002
Posted by 7474 on Monday, March 6, 2017 3:44 PM
Ladies and Gentleman, may I have your attention? Please give your attention, the master is about to show us how it's done.....once again.
  • Member since
    June 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, March 6, 2017 4:16 PM

Lawdog114;

 Okay , now we have another artist among us who has been hiding some of his talents .That office is well ; Stupendous ! ! Then the Engine . Oh My Gosh .You sure are doing a bang up job .Keep it up !  T.B.

  • Member since
    July 2016
  • From: NYC
Posted by Johnny1000 on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 6:02 PM

Looks great. That scale and subject suits you.

-J

  • Member since
    October 2009
Posted by Ultra on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 1:19 AM

Great to see this one progress.  Loved the show Black Sheep Squadron when I was al little kid; really sparked my WWII interest.  I have his memoir on the shelf that I need to dig into as well.

  • Member since
    April 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 8:17 AM

This thing is looking great! There is something to be said for the 1/32 format. With my large and aging hands and having to buy larger diopters for my viewing devices, this scale is looking better everyday! I guess the only disadvantage I can think of is I'm running out of room.

Anyway, the machine is looking awesome and has been a fun one to follow. Keep up the good work and I'm looking forward to the rest of the build.

Max

  • Member since
    March 2017
Posted by Just 1 Squirrel on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 5:28 PM

Looking Great Lawdog!

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 7:39 PM

The perfect parts fit of the kit combined with your skills is going to make this an example to follow, Joe.

You make me feel like the small nerdy kid trying to hang out with the cool guy. LoL!

I can't wait to see how this one turns out. Is there a pilot included??

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, March 9, 2017 7:43 AM

Yeah, 1/32nd is even better here since it gives you a bigger canvas to work your art Joe! 

The cockpit and engine are looking great! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    June 2013
Posted by bvallot on Thursday, March 9, 2017 12:41 PM

This is fantastic looking Joe. I get more and more jealous the large scale guys all the time.  I'm holding out though at 1:48...for my wife's sake! =]

On the bench:  

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 2:51 AM

7474
Ladies and Gentleman, may I have your attention? Please give your attention, the master is about to show us how it's done.....once again.
 

 

Hardly.........but thank you.  You're very kind.  Just an average modeler with a few tricks bro.  

Thanks to all of you for your kind words.  

 

 "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
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 2:56 AM

M. Brindos

 

You make me feel like the small nerdy kid trying to hang out with the cool guy. LoL!

I can't wait to see how this one turns out. Is there a pilot included??

 

No way Mike, you're better than you think you are.  I would never try that with that old Monogram P-40.......no way.......Bow Down.  

......and yes, two pilots, one seated and the other standing.  I'll probably build up the standing pilot.  If I can build the seated one without facegear, I may sit him on the edge of the wing as well.     

 "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
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 3:40 AM

Believe it or not, I have still been plugging away at this turkey but I haven't had a chance to update the thread.  This thing has so many sub assemblies it seems like it has been taking forever.  I switched gears to the underside and main landing gear area.  The instuctions say paint everything Insignia White (AS-20?).  Well, my research said the gears bays and doors were normally Zinc Chromate, so I sprayed everything XF-4 Yellow Green.  I didn't weather or wash it at this point, as I will do it later with what can be seen.

I assembled the exhausts, engine cowl and chose the open cowl flaps option.  I think radial fighters look better with these open on the ground.  I then glued it in place and mated the fuselage to the lower wing.  Fit was great.  

I then skipped a few pages in the instructions and assembled the outer wings so I could see how these were gonna fit.  Although more sturdy than the 1/48 kit due to wing spars, I still didn't like the gaps at the wing leading edges, particularly the starboard side.   I ended up holding the joints tight and Tenaxing the joint line. Here we are all assembled. 

  

I'm fat dumb and happy.....all proud of my work when I discovered that grabbing this thing the wrong way would snap the Tenax bondAngry.  I would think with a kit this pricey they could have provided a full wing for the folks who want them down.  I ended up using much more Tenax then rescribing in the panel line.  On the next one I will leave out the guts and glue styrene on the inside like I did on the little one.   Also in hindsight, I should have just blue-tacked the cowl/engine in place for ease of painting.  I shoved a rope of blue tack in there to avoid overspray, but I'll still need to be careful there.      

Fortunately the "in flight"option offers some nice premade masks...

Aside from the wing issues, It went together like a dream...almost time for paint.  

  

 "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
    April 2010
Posted by Theuns on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 3:47 AM

Fantastic build :-)

 

Theuns

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 8:05 AM

She's looking great! 

I love that companies that do give you the folded wing option but yeah I've put pins in stuff etc just to make sure the unfolded wing won't pop at the hinge joint. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    January 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 8:59 AM

Now how'd I miss this one? Fantastic WIP. Pappy is one of my favorite WW2 pilots. 

Despite the contrary whether it was Lulubelle or Lucybelle, no single pilot was assigned to a particular personal aircraft during WW2 in the Pacific.

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:40 AM

My fave bird of all time. I love seeing them go together. This one is super cool and you got me thinking I should pick up a large scale one for myself.

BK

On the bench:

A lot !! And I mean A LOT!!

2024 Kits on deck / in process / completed   

                         14 / 5 / 2  

                              Tongue Tied

  • Member since
    December 2007
  • From: Eagle River, WI
Posted by PANZERJAGER on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:40 AM

lawdog114

Believe it or not, I have still been plugging away at this turkey but I haven't had a chance to update the thread.  This thing has so many sub assemblies it seems like it has been taking forever.  I switched gears to the underside and main landing gear area.  The instuctions say paint everything Insignia White (AS-20?).  Well, my research said the gears bays and doors were normally Zinc Chromate, so I sprayed everything XF-4 Yellow Green.  I didn't weather or wash it at this point, as I will do it later with what can be seen.

I assembled the exhausts, engine cowl and chose the open cowl flaps option.  I think radial fighters look better with these open on the ground.  I then glued it in place and mated the fuselage to the lower wing.  Fit was great.  

I then skipped a few pages in the instructions and assembled the outer wings so I could see how these were gonna fit.  Although more sturdy than the 1/48 kit due to wing spars, I still didn't like the gaps at the wing leading edges, particularly the starboard side.   I ended up holding the joints tight and Tenaxing the joint line. Here we are all assembled. 

  

I'm fat dumb and happy.....all proud of my work when I discovered that grabbing this thing the wrong way would snap the Tenax bondAngry.  I would think with a kit this pricey they could have provided a full wing for the folks who want them down.  I ended up using much more Tenax then rescribing in the panel line.  On the next one I will leave out the guts and glue styrene on the inside like I did on the little one.   Also in hindsight, I should have just blue-tacked the cowl/engine in place for ease of painting.  I shoved a rope of blue tack in there to avoid overspray, but I'll still need to be careful there.      

Fortunately the "in flight"option offers some nice premade masks...

Aside from the wing issues, It went together like a dream...almost time for paint.  

  

 

 

Lawdog,

1st. Nice build you got going there!

But I could not help notice the issue you are having with "bonding", Myself and my club gave up on Tenex a long time ago and went to Methel Ethel Ketone (MEK for short) as our solvent because of its superior welding capabilities over Tenex.  It is the main ingredient in most liquid and gel polystyrene glues. and is readilly available at your local hardware store for an inexpensive price.  If you look at Testors Liquid Cement you will see that it is mostly MEK.

Just my 2 cents but I think you might find this helpfull...

 PANZERJAGER

 

 

  • Member since
    June 2013
Posted by bvallot on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 11:19 AM

Very cool Joe. Makes me want to get one just to go through the motions. 

Very cool. =]

On the bench:  

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

SEARCH FORUMS
FREE NEWSLETTER
By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.