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About Marco1965

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  1. Thank you, Dennis. Yes I have seen the Honduran F4U-4 pictures, and those are standard racks (missing the adapter for the bombs, but standard). Back to the FG-1D, all the racks/adapters used on the F4U-4, F4U-5, AU-1, could not be used on the FG-1D, the practice rocket rails that you show in the pictures are not the same, and were not rated for such a heavy weight (250pd). The only ordnance that ai have been able to find attached to those practice rocket rails, are practice rockets! HA! marco
  2. Dennis, this is a drawing of the rail that can be frequently seen installed under the FG-1D/F4U-1D wings, "Aircraft Launcher Mk 6". Apart from this drawing, and knowing that FAS Corsairs used them as well, I don´t know nothing else about it. Marco
  3. I appreciate your interest on the topic, Dennis. Although F4U-4 and on were capable of carrying bombs under the wings using standard available racks, as far as I have been able to find, that was not the case for the F4U-1D/FG-1D. Only HVAR could be carried, or the practice rocket rail that you showed in a picture above, only capable of firing practice rockets. Do you have any technical info describing the use of those rails carrying bombs as well? Or a picture? Lots of pictures showing the practice rails but none with ordnance. I would appreciate any support on this topic. marco
  4. A little bit fast forward, HA! I finished already all the Corsairs, and after a "pause", I continued working on the dioramas. Finished the Land Rover Pickup that was the multipurpose vehicle back in 1963. It will go together with FAS 213 carrying napalm tanks (1963). And finished gluing in place some additional parts. And advanced with the diorama of FAS 204 (100 hours war). I want to replicate a quite known picture where a camo Corsair is being serviced on a rural strip. I cut from pine wood the proper shape, issued the ground with Faller putty, added some static grass, painted acordingly, and then bombs and chocks. Only think missing are 4 figures which I haven´t started yet. And the Honduran Corsair I finished already couple years ago, hadn´t shown it before. As I wanted to show it with the killmarkings, and all the pictures show the killmarkings in a freshly applied Dark Sea Blue (I think it was repainted after the war), I represented it that way, quite well kept condition. Aaand this is by now. Currently working mostly on figures. Between work, family, Graf Spee, Cashuat AFV, biking and other interests, I hope to show the whole Corsair collection already finished next time! Marco
  5. Thank you, guys. According to my files, I actually started working on the model (after I don´t know how much research) in November 2006, with this: Scaled down blueprints in hand, cut the chassis of the Italeri 1/35 WC-51 to lengthen it accordingly, and thus is begun… Of course this has not been my only project during these 12 years and something, The Cashuat was left aside several times, with plenty of interruptions, sometimes as long as 2 years (like when the &/=)(/&/%E driver´s figure wouldn´t fit in and ended up breaking some parts…). It proves to me that I keep on enjoying this wonderful hobby, no pressure, if I am in the mood, great, if I am not, great as well, I´ll find something else to do, HA! Marco
  6. Ok, last steps! I had to fix the hinges of the doors and engine hood, I had broken some of them during assembly and still wanted them to work (there is a complete scratch-built engine in there that I still want to show!) So patiently I cleaned, trimmed, relocated the hinges made of syringe needles, glued them with CA and after confirming that they work, I put some tape to keep them closed while I continued working on the vehicle. With that solved, I continued to build the radio antenna with steel wire and some copper wire to simulate the coil on the base. The antenna could be carried extended or bent down onto the vehicle, which is the position I chose for my Cashuat. And painted. Notice the working door hinges issued using syringe needles. To add some realism and "action-feel", I issued some spent cartridge cases simply by cutting brass wire. Quite convincing at this scale, and glued them randomly on the floor of the vehicle and on the street. Quite a battle! The M-60s were added, they swivel and turn freely, a big help to match them to the gunner hands. Both gunners were glued in place. Undersides checked, nothing else to add. Stop lights were painted using Tamiya clear red. Some additional weathering was added to corner and edges using graphite pencil (still needs some more!). And then the nicest part started: finishing the diorama. I glued the figures as planned, then the vehicle and all the "junk" on the street, representing bricks, plastic, empty ammo boxes, cans, trash in general, as typically seen in such scenes. The Cashuat has rammed a guerrilla brick barricade, capturing the position and armament from the terrorists. But beware! One of the Cashuat gunners has spotted danger and alerted the others! Two foot- soldiers are cautiously looking for any remaining guerrilla threat, while the vehicle commander is paying attention from a safe position near the driver’s door. The PRC-77 radio and some grenades, ammo cases, etc can be seen inside of the vehicle. Well and this is my contribution to the brief story of Armored Fighting Vehicles of El Salvador; Cashuats will never be issued as a kit I guess, so maybe this is the only 1/35 one you are going to see for a while. Cashuats are currently still operative in El Salvador, more than 30 years after the first ones were built. I had the chance to see them in action during those difficult times, had the chance to see them several times again on parade, much happier occasions! Will post some better pictures of the finished diorama on the section of finished armor one of these days. I hope that you like this project at least the 1/100th part of as much as I did. Picture of a Cashuat during combats in San Salvador, around November 1989 (picture courtesy of Douglas Cornejo). Marco
  7. Quite a while without posting, but I hope that you like the advances. I don´t know whether this is at this stage a "scratch-built" or a "diorama" or "figures", thing is I will continue in this thread. I worked on the figures in and around the vehicle, painting them in the standard woodland camo used by the El Salvador´s Army back in 1989. All exposed skin was painted using artist oils, all clothing and equipment using diverse modelists paints. This is the vehicle commander figure. Gunners. Gunners figures. Infantry After finding a concept that I liked for the diorama, I started working on the base, pine wood, easy, covered with Faller landscape putty. A portion of the sidewalk was represented on the upper right corner. Some potholes, painted dark gray. Texture was already added to the sidewalk and small lawn area. And some signs of vehicles using this road. Now just like this, it seemed dull… During the war, specifically during the intense combats of November 1989, the guerrilla blocked several streets to vehicle transit issuing barriers using whatever was at hand: dirt, rocks, bricks, wood, whatever. From solid barricades, to pretty small ones. And there is at least one story about an armoured vehicle running over one of those to demolish it. That was the Cashuat story I wanted to represent. So this was my first "proof of concept" of the diorama: A Cashuat has run over a brick barricade, destroyed it, enjoying a lull in combat, when the right gunner points at something. I liked it, balanced, interesting, true. I issued the bricks using all purpose spackling paste, white allows for painting in whatever color I want. There they are, clay bricks very typical in El Salvador. I painted them all using water colors (left over from my children…). I used tome imagination to position the bricks on the street, some broken, some still complete, some crushed or thrown away by the vehicle running over them, etc. And of course some broken wood beams. Still work in process but the effect I was looking for is there! Something like this will be the end-product, of course there is still plenty of things to do, more debris on the street, the figures are not finished, the Cashuat is still missing some things. But the main elements of the diorama are there, I think. And the weapons taken from the guerrilla, not glued yet, only to show where they will be positioned, to balance the interest area to the "front" part of the diorama. Aaaand that is what I have done between work and family. One step away from finishing this interesting vehicle. Marco
  8. Yup! I think that is the way to go with the turrets! I ‘ll keep this thread at hand when I start my Exeter (currently work and kids about to graduate and leave to college keep me more than busy!) marco
  9. Hi Papa, I use normally Colourcoats “C01 Teak” (Sovereignhobbies.co.uk), there is also Tamiya’s XF-78 Wooden Deck Tan (which has a tad of pinkish color in my opinion). Marco
  10. Thank you Jamie and Arnold! Some other interesting details like the searchlight located on the bridge. Marco
  11. And for the benefit of us all, is it possible to post the picture here? Marco
  12. Thank you, guys. Close to finish this years-long project! marco
  13. Well weaponry is done. I painted and glued all the parts to the machineguns. The PE ammo belts look quite nice, although I would have liked them to look less straight in the 0.30" boxes. They look nice, though, no complaints. Once installed on the Cashuat, they play the part, ready for combat! I started the final part of the weathering process. I have to say that I have been working on weathering as I have advanced with the project. Washes were applied, some pastels, and this is the part that I like most, the artist oils subtle effects. Salvadoran Cashuats showed different grades of weathering, some of them were quite weathered, others were better kept. I took one of the "not so weathhered" references. First I applied some "scratches" ramdomly using gray and dark brown color pencils, nothing that you should really notice but contributes to the whole result. Then I started adding artist oils "curtains", ramdomly, truying to achieve some tone variations. This is the passanger side already with the oil curtains: Compared to the side w/o artis oils (ok, the light is different, sorry, but it looks "flatter" than the other one): And I can always add as much effect as I want. Marco
  14. Ok, it has been a while, not lazy, just wanted to show some significant advances. I finished painting the figures, applied light/shadow with artist oils. I prefer to work with oils on gloss finish (that is why the figures look glossy). After oils have dried, I will add equipment like backpacks and/or belts, cans, ammo packs, etc. and finally seal with dullcote. Meanwhile, working on the ammo boxes & supports for the M-60s and 0.50" turret. I glued the 0.50" shield in place. Eduard 0.5" PE ammo came in handy, I only had to thin the inner walls of the ammo box to make it fit into the box, and then easily went into the feed of the MG. It all came together perfectly! The ammo box and belt are not glued yet, as I need still to paint the box and apply decals. The Kevlar turret cover issued with facial tissue/white glue looks quite convincing! And currently working on the M-60 ammo boxes supports. I issued the supports with Evergreen angle and 0.13mm plastic sheet (in white in the picture below). As the ammo boxes will be open, without the cover, I had to thin the walls for the ammo to fit in properly. The ammo boxes fit into the supports, as in real life, and the support, once painted, will be glued to the M-60 pivot, being able to swivel with the MG. Almost done! Marco
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