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  1. Hello all I'd been posting this on another forum, but there doesn't seem to be much overlap of readership (or rather, of active posters at least) so I thought it might be of interest here as well. If it's redundant, let me know, and I'll just carry on there. This is the second part of project modeling the aircraft my grandfather flew in WW2. The first part, a 1/48 Tamiya F4F-4 representing his tour at Guadalcanal with VMF-121 and VMF-223 in the Fall of ’42, is posted here. This time I’m doing the ubiquitous 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1A. Neither the actual airplane nor the kit requires any introduction, so we’ll skip. A bit of history: When VMF-121 returned stateside in early 1943, Joe Foss was given command of the newly formed VMF-115. My grandfather, Jacob Stub (pronounced “stoob”), newly married, and now a captain, joined him. After a tour at Guadalcanal flying Wildcats, the Corsair was a welcome upgrade. In Eric Bergurud’s definitive history of the air war in the Pacific, “Fire In The Sky”, my grandfather commented on the Corsair (while throwing shade at both the Navy and the Hellcat): This was taken in Santa Barbara just before they shipped off. That’s Stub standing just to the right of the downward propeller blade. Foss, with the mustache and officer’s cap, is kneeling in the center. (He’s just a kid. They all are.) As they trained in California, the air war in the South Pacific was raging, with Greg Boyington’s VMF-214 in particular racking up impressive records and making headlines back home. The young men of 115 were probably expecting a brawl and more victories to with it. After all, at Guadalcanal Foss had bagged 26 planes in just a few months. In a Wildcat. My grandfather, only 4, but most of his first tour he was a wingman, which is a low scoring position. Imagine what they could get done with a serious fighter. But by the time they got back in theatre, the mighty Japanese base at Rabaul had collapsed, and the air war had moved on north and east. Professor Bergurud wrote me, “His second tour was on the Island of Emirau where he succeeded Foss as squadron commander. And like Foss, he never saw a Japanese plane during that time.” At one point, Charles Lindbergh came to Emirau as part of his famous civilian tour of the theatre to consult on adapting the Corsair to a fighter/bomber role. When I was a kid, his name came up once in front of my grandfather, who snorted and dismissed him as a ‘horse’s bottom.’ (He was generally a generous and kind person, but could get a little salty after a few. ) Foss (L), Lindbergh (R) One last thing. Here’s an excerpt from the VMF-115 war diary, dated 22 August 1944: That’s the day my mother was born (international date line aside). I imagine him sitting on his parachute in his plane on the way to or from dropping that thousand pounder on the E. Young Plantation on New Ireland, knowing that he was due to become a father any day, while my grandmother was in labor 7500 miles away. My plan is to try to build a Corsair from VMF-115 at Emirau as it would appear on the afternoon of August 22nd, 1944. To that end, I’ve collected references and a bunch of goodies. I understand that the Tamiya kit can make an excellent build out of the box, but I have a particular agenda here. I hope you’ll bare with me. Thanks for looking. -J
  2. F4U-1 Propeller 1:32 Eduard Brassin - For Tamiya Kit Propeller (632110) This is a new prop unit. The blades are individual and seat into the top of the hub via a provided jig. When this is removed from the pour block the modeller will have to drill a locating hole in it. Review samples courtesy of
  3. Just finished this one for a client. The stand is included in the kit and makes for an interesting display which helps show off the Corsair's sleek and powerful lines. No trouble with the kit on this one, but a few trials of patience with my own ham-fisted-ness. Tamiya spray paints sprayed by airbrush. Kit decals were used and proved to be thick and hard to work with. There is a small Work in Progress thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235027527-132-f4u-1d-corsair/&tab=comments#comment-2835657 Thanks for looking comments and suggestions welcome. Cheers.
  4. Hi there, I'm new here and also a newbie - getting back to the hobby for the last couple of years . Our local model builder's forum, where I've posted my build reports so far have been, closed. I was looking for a new place to share my adventures in building and mainly learn from the experience of other builders. I surveyed the internet and Britmodeller came up as a good place - so here I am. My build chronicles will be detailed as much as I have time - as I'm out to share my experience with the specific kit I'm building as well as learn and get feedback on new techniques. The only challenge is that building time and writing time - are part of the same zero sum game of "spare time". So here goes ..... My next build is the Hasegawa 1/48 F4U-4 kit. Following my previous build, which lasted a while, I was looking for something simple, focused on painting and maybe weathering with limited time spent detailing. Also should be a quick build as I need to start reducing the stash.... The box, parts and instructions: It's a simple kit, a bit old, low part count, low detail level in the cockpit and engine - should be a breeze. I really like the 'Death Rattler" scheme - also because there are some nice color photos of a/c wearing that scheme. (This is for ref. only. I hope I'm not infringing on any one's copyright. I so - pls. contact me and I will remove the images) Before starting to cut parts I've looked up my stash list and - surprise ! It turns out this one is going to be a first as I have a CMK cockpit aftermarket for it - full with resin, PE and Canopy. This is certainly a twist as I've never dealt with a cockpit resin so far. Here goes the 'quick and easy' plan . Work started with some white paint (Tamiya XF-2) for the wheel hubs and back of the instrument panel dials transparency. The Instrument panel PE was covered in Flat Black, the painted transparency was glued to the back and Future drops added to the dials. After a quick dry fit I decided that the PE itself needs some solid structure to hang to so I dermel'ed the kits' instrument panel flat and glued them together. The dremel'ing is crude - as can be evident - the tool is new here and obviously used at too high of a speed. A quick dry-fit It looks like the CMK parts do not necessary fit the kit snugly so I will have to think about which part gets glued to which and in what order. Some putting is expected too. Another first - I sanded the wheels using my Dremel and then used a Platz circular cutter to cut masks for the wheel hubs, then hit the wheels with Tamiya Flat Black. A good first - but will need some (more / a lot of ) perfecting and clearly a paint touch up. Resin side panels glued, using VMS Flexy 5K CA glue, to the sides of the cockpit after dry fitting with the cockpit tub. The glue is sticky but sets slowly enough to allow adjustments. This is anther first. That's it for now. Comments are welcomed. Ran
  5. 1/32 F4U-1D Corsair

    Just started this one last Thursday. It will be totally Out Of the Box and will be built wheels up and on the included stand. I built the F4U-1A Birdcage http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234958333-132-tamiya-f4u-1-corsair with the cockpit open, wings folded and flaps down etc. so I've done that once. The cockpit is painted as recommended in the instructions using Tamiya paints mostly and a bit of Vallejo here and there for coloured knobs etc. The gun sight is still to be added and there is a PE harness to go over the pilot's shoulders. This is my first pilot in a while and certainly first in this scale. I hope he looks good to you to because I think I'm done with him (I fixed the yellow boo boo on his arm). BUT I would appreciate any hints / techniques on how to improve his looks for the next time. I will post updates going forward and I hope to have this finished within the next 10 days or so (SWMBO willing). Cheers for now
  6. A new 1/144th Chance Vought F4U Corsair kit is announced by AFV Club - ref AR14406 Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1512888545423326.1073741955.236926266352900&type=3 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=233&v=8BQ8UD2e5qA V.P.
  7. Hi guys! This time I would like to show you my last model. It´s the simple Academy F4U-1D Corsair in 1/72. It has some Eduard PE and some improvements, like a longer tail gear and navigation lights. Decals are custom made and the bands are painted to represent an aircraft of the USS Intrepid. I hope you like it! Every critics and comments are welcomed! Best regards from Uruguay, Ignacio
  8. Are there any photos existing that show the clear-vision canopy F4U-1 (retrospectively called F4U-1A) in the USN two-tone "gray camouflage" or at least with pre-1943 insignia (stars with no bars)? It is commonly said the US Navy introduced the three-tone "blue camouflage" in January 1943 and the red-bordered stars with bars in June the same year. On the other hand the 758th (and final) "birdcage" Corsair left the Vought assembly line in May 1943, thus finding a Blue Gray/Light Gray F4U-1A looks impossible. But F6F-3 Hellcats operated from CV-9 Essex and CV-10 Yorktown still in May 1943 wearing two-tone gray camo and in July (already in three-tone blue camo) still with giant stars and no bars... So maybe?
  9. F4 Duo

    Evening all, Having run out of steam a little with my Battle of Britain project, I've switched my attention to my main area of interest, naval aviation. I started a Hobby Boss F9F last week, but couldn't resist making a start on another couple of classic fighters whilst the Panther trickles along in the background. Having been o impressed with the Defiant, I wanted to crack open another of Airfix's recent toolings, and having picked up the Wildcat and Kate dogfight double, the F-4F seemed an obvious choice. My pair of Tamiya Corsairs have been screaming at me from the stash for some time now too, so I thought, given the similar schemes worn by the Wildcat and the Birdcage variant of the Corsair, I might as well crack open the latter at the same time. Both seem lovely kits, the Tamiya especially, though I guess that's to be expected. So, first progress, and after a bit of construction the cockpit interiors have been sprayed. Whilst not altogether interesting in itself, the answers to my questions in my other thread, and the IPMS Stockholm website proved to be fairly enlightening regarding the colours. The IPMS Stockholm page contains information regarding these colours specific to the types, revealing that my usual go-to colour of interior green was not accurate for either of these aircraft. For the Wildcat, and indeed most Grumman types it seems, a darker, Bronze green was used, whilst the Corsair had a dark dull green interior, as confirmed in my question thread. The latter is a little less clear cut it seems, but images posted by LanceB in my question thread of a recovered wreck seem to match with this green rather well. For the Wildcat, the Stockholm colour charts recommend Hu 75 plus a touch of other greens, which I was happy to ignore, as the neat 75 looked reasonable to my eye, whilst Hu 149 was suggested for the Corsair. This seemed a little bright straight out of the (very old!) pot so I darkened it a little with some of the Hu 75 and some black. Neither are 100% perfect, but not too bad I reckon, and lets face it, it'll be pretty difficult to see inside either cockpit once everything is closed up. Next step will obviously be to detail paint and weather the interiors, and I shall also set about getting the remainder of the interior colours laid down, notably that wonderfully garish pink in the corsair tail Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Cheers Shaun
  10. Next Hobby Boss Corsair kit will be a 1/48th Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair early version - ref.80381. Release is announced for late August 2015. So should be available in the best hobbyshops in September-October. Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=44&l=en Box art V.P.
  11. Hi all, My entry for this Group Build is going to be the Revell boxing of the excellent Hasegawa F4U-7 Corsair in 1/48 scale. These aircraft were used extensively by the Aeronavale during this bitter conflict and were operated from both shore bases and carrier decks, their good range and ability to carry a large amount of just about anything you could possibly want to drop on or fire at people making them very popular (with the French at least, probably less so the Algerians). Here are the usual "kit in bits" shots. Striking box art of the usual Suez marked aircraft. The contents and decals sheet laid out. A closer shot of the excellent Revell decal sheet. And now a couple of shots of the real thing to give some idea of the finish I am going to try and achieve, and to prove that they were also shore based, and very, very dirty! I hope that this choice of topic meets with the approval of the other group builders (there are some great topics on the go already). Any help and advice (and criticism) is always welcome. Thanks for looking. Craig.
  12. The next HobbyBoss 1/48th Corsair variant is a F4U-5N - ref.80390 Release expected in late April 2015 Source: http://hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=37&l=en V.P.
  13. The next HobbyBoss 1/48th Corsair variant is a Royal Navy Mk.II - ref.80395 Sources: http://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/btbyt9yplxdd7itpsb6r.html V.P.
  14. My son was diagnosed with ewings sarcoma (bloody nasty bone cancer), which turned out be a bone infection. Yes a relief. How anybody would get an infection on a bone has got me beat, and he hasn't had an injury. I lost interest in modeling, I lost interest in most things. I am going to build this nice little kit, and turn it into something better than my previous attempts. Another one from Toyworld Winenut. Box art; The little bits of pleasure and things to go wrong. If anybody can give some guidance in the building of this kit I would be appreciated. Thanks for looking. Stephen
  15. My latest build , and its a big yin 1/32 corsair, went together reasonably ok , some really bad flash, and some intresting shapes (esp the rear wheel) was more a trial one for me.wanted to work on my shading/sun bleaching .am quiet happy with it , sorry my photograhpy is poor all picts took on a I phone for convinience.
  16. Hello All, Here's my build, from my late Dad's stash, from I guess the 1970s or 80s. So it may have been under a quid! This is the original 1/72 Revell F4U Corsair, and it doesn't look too bad for its age: I am building more or less out of the box. The cockpit insert is reasonable (compared with the contemporary Airfix peg for the pilot to sit on) and I didn't want to spend too much effort because the canopy is pretty difficult to see through, so I just added a rough control panel and a harness for the pilot: And the pilot needs to see! Thanks for looking, Adrian
  17. Just an amazing kit and I've built almost every Tamiya aircraft. The fit was perfect in every aspect with many parts clicking into place. The whole thing was painted, decalled and washes applied in sub assemblies before bring together in the end. WIP thread is here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234955962-1-32-f4u-1-april-1-finished/ Commments/critiques welcome.
  18. Here is another one started - this will be strictly OOB as it is for Tamiya Canada. I think the cockpit is done... These are the included belts. yes they are very stiff material but they can be manipulated into place. I know the new fabric style would be better but these are good for "standard equipment". The engine so far... After an airbrush of X-18 semi-gloss black it was dry brushed heavily with Humbrol flat aluminum. Washes next. more to come... Bill B.
  19. I still remember one of the early models my mother bought for me, at a time I was very young to go to the centre of Athens and buy kits myself. It was an Academy F4U. I even bought my first reference book for a model back then. That was some 25ish years go. Ever since I always felt that the F4U was the most striking WW2 airplane along with the Spitfire. When Tamiya introduced their 1/32 gem I began contemplating building one. However, for reasons of space and (at the time) money, I decided to try the 1/48 first - kind of like a rehearsal. Tamiya's 1/48 is a good kit. A very good kit. But when its big brother came out, I felt it was kinda felt left behind - even after one considers the scale difference. In my eyes it got left behind big way. Especially when it comes to the cockpit, lots of details (granted, not easily visible in 1/48) are omitted. So, I set out to add some detail, not with expensive after-market kits - which would increase my budget for his kit but with a bit of scratch-building here and there. Along with Tamiya's kit I will use photo-etched parts from Eduard, including the placards and resin wheels and control surfaces just to add a bit of character there. In the process some more after-market kits where added, so the original plan was somewhat... extended. My first modifications were to rebuilt the mounting mechanism for the pilots seat (Tamiya has a hideous solid slope-y mount there), add the front plates of the feet-rest, add wiring here and there and replace some of the clunky controls. Below are pictures of the cockpit parts and the sides which detail reworked and added where missing. I also added the air-hose and the map pouch.I removed the headrest as well - seems that many early Corsairs did not have those so I thought I'd do mine that way too. The instrument panel and harness from Eduard. The latter was modified with some brass foil to add a bit of depth and 'randomness' (sec photo). Prior to painting, everything was primed with AK Interactive grey primer. I have to admit I quite liked this primer, easy to spray and my wife did not complain about the smell! Awesome! The cockpit was then pre-shaded, especially on the head-rest and seat-mount mechanism. I mixed my own shade of Dark Green and washed everything with Light Earth oil. I have to admit working with a dark-coloured cockpit was something I have not done before in my 'second modelling life' and I was afraid I was going to mess it up. But I am happy with how things turned out.I had do omit the bob lever by the pilot seat - I need to think how to rebuilt it and fit it in the space I got there. 'Till next time, thnx for watching
  20. New from Vector!

    Hi! Fresh in from Vector; Upgrade and conversion sets for the Zvezda Sukhoi Su-2 - http://www.neomega-resin.com/sukhoi-su-2-95-c.asp New engine cowl for the Tamiya 1/32nd F4U-1 - http://www.neomega-resin.com/132nd-f4u-1-corsair-cowl-and-engine-upgrade-for-tamiya Cockpit detail sets for 1/32nd Hobbycraft P-51a and A-51A - http://www.neomega-resin.com/132nd-p-51aa-51a-99-c.asp Check them out folks! Thanks! Gordon.
  21. Hi guys. I'm Winenut and I'm having a crack at modelling again after a 32 year break! Yes I'm one of those fat old blokes who fell in love with the original releases of Matchbox kits in the late 60's and through the seventies. I'm trying out new things now and I hope to improve. I've just completed a small scale Corsair from Airfix and I'd like to post it for fun and also to try and learn about all this crazy internet forum, picture upload, weirdness that everyone except me seems to know about these days. Anyway for the record I got back into modelling when my own lad recently turned 5 and I decided to buy him a kit and do one together. Looks like I may have started something...... Anyway the kit is an old production cheap and a bit nasty Airfix Corsair.. I'll try and load a photo of the box next! Cheers Winenut
  22. Robert Hanson F4U-1?

    Does anyone know if Lt. Robert Hanson, I believe the highest scoring F4U pilot, fly a birdcage F4U-1 in combat? If so, do you have any info about it (pics, side numbers, paint scheme/markings, etc.)? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Michael
  23. Here’s my version of Tamiya’s 1/48 F4U-1 ‘birdcage’ Corsair, finished in the nondescript markings of a Marine squadron based in the Solomon Islands in 1943. This build was almost straight ‘out-of-the-box’ – the only things added were seat belts, a rearview mirror, and some brake lines to the main gear. These kits are real treats to build – if you are careful, you won’t have to fill a single seam. I realize a Marine Corsair based in the Solomons would be probably not have the wings folded, but I really like the look of a plane with dropped flaps, folded wings, open canopy, etc. I also kept weathering to a minimum, mainly because I don’t know how to portray a heavily weathered effect properly. These Tamiya Corsairs are arguably the best in 1/48 scale - I just wish they’d do a -4 version…
  24. FG1-A FAA Corsair serials

    Hi Guys I am about to start a Tamiya F4U-1A and make is as close as possible to the FFA museums FG1-A in the all over blue scheme. I just need to find a supplier of the correct serial numbers for the E2-M. They seem slightly strange in the way they are styled and not like anything I have on my sheets at home. I have tried Hannants (all white serial sheets are out of stock) and a few other places but cannot find anywhere that has these as an option. I am willing to make a small compromise on the font to get them very close bit would like them to be as near as possible. I have the roundels and small serials from the tail already. Also, would there be any stencils/markings other than the obvious large ones on the fuselage? There does not seem to be any on the aircraft at Yeovilton but could they have been removed when the paint was restored? Any help would be great. Cheers Dave
  25. Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=product&a=show&id=382&l=en V.P.