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ProfSparks

100 Years #3 - Vought F4U-1D Corsair

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Hi All

 

The bandages are off, and it's not as bad as it started out as

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There's plenty of opportunity to exercise my filling-in practice, especially on the underside, where a huge thumb print has appeared out of nowhere...

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Anyhoo, once more unto the filler dear friends, once more.

 

 

Comments and suggestions welcome

 

Cheers

Steve

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Hi All

 

An accidentally productive evening!

 

Was meant to be fitting light switches, but you know how things go.

 

Got thinking about how to tackle the engine cowl vents and had to have a try.

 

So, coffee stirrers, a broken file, a Stanley knife blade, Lego, clamp, etc etc

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The blade was clamped to the top of the file to mark the edge, and the Lego was a guide to not make the groove too deep

 

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Success!

 

Sort of, as the cowl is too large initially, and should be the diameter of my rebate (ie the same as the body) all the way to the nose.

 

However, I'm not going to fret over it.

 

The next step is to make a strip of thin plastic look like the vents.

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There's fifteen of them, alternating wide and narrow.

 

I don't fancy cutting them individually, so will probably scribe somehow.

 

 

Comments and suggestions welcome

 

Cheers

Steve

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Hi All

 

From photos, the real vents are two sizes, one looks about 50% bigger than the other.

The strip round the cowling measured about fifty-six-and-a-bit mm.

So, bear with me on this, if I make a big flap three Units, and the small flap two Units (with me so far?) then seven small flaps and eight big flaps total thirty-eight Units.

(7x2)+(8x3)=38

 

Dividing 56mm by 38 gives a Unit as nearly 1.5mm, so a big flap is about 4.5 mm and a small one about 3mm

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Accounting for pen nib thickness and parallax, that should be spot on.

 

I made cuts across almost the width of the strip, forming a useful bend

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One end was glued on and left to set, double checking I'd glued the continuous edge on

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Then the other end was brought round to meet it, leaving a gap at the top where there are no vents

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Needs a bit of trimming, but as can be seen, the induced curve splays the cut ends open slightly :penguin:

 

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I'm counting on the irregularities being soothed with some patchy dark black on the inside and a lumpy dark blue on the outside.

 

That filler could do with some soothing too.

 

 

Comments and suggestions welcome

 

Cheers

Steve

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Old School Modelling, brought to bear on an Old School Model! It's like following an article in a 1968 copy of Airfix Magazine.

 

Lovely stuff, I'm looking forward to seeing the finished kit.

 

Tony.

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Hi All

 

Now then, where were we?

 

Ah yes

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:yahoo:

 

Two replacement rear doors and one replacement ruler.

 

The doors had to be replaced because

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And the ruler had to be replaced because.. :angry:

 

Anyhoo, it's just as well I'm not doing it wheels up as there'd be more trouble

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On the plus side, I did manage to mount the engine cowling lower so the size is less noticeable

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Off to paint it now while I still have Chi.

 

 

Comments and suggestions welcome

 

Cheers

Steve

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Hi All

 

Gave it a quick once over with primer, then, being the suspicious type, I gave it a quick flash of very thin Black 33 to try and give the Midnight Blue 16 something to hold on to.

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Some of it could almost be black bias pre shading? :fraidnot:

 

Anyhoo, the Blue sprayed nice and fine

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But it's obvious where the black undercoat finished

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That Midnight Blue definitely had a touch of Calligraphy Turquoise about it.

 

So, off to give it a couple more blasts on where it's thin, although in some lights it looks like wear and tear :hmmm:

 

Probably won't be that noticeable once the large decals are on.

 

Still, overall it looks ok for what it is so far

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Comments and suggestions welcome

 

Cheers

Steve

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