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  1. Continuing work, filled in the wingtip lights with a block of clear sprue before sanding and polishing it to shape. I also cut out the recesses for the landing light and gun camera on the wing leading edges, and plan to fill this with a transparent material later. This landing light in the wing was only present on earlier Corsair models and needs to be filled. The problem is maintaining the molded fabric texture. I started by filling it with milliput and mr surfacer I then laid down some tape to form a channel, and then heavily applying Mr Surfacer in the gap inbetween before removing the tape. This left a raised section of Mr Surfacer with straight edges, and I also sanded down the sides to blend it in a bit. I filled the leading edge cutouts I made with acrylic gel. Once dried and sanded smooth and polished, it looked reasonably transparent with a final brush-applied coat of gloss varnish on top.
  2. The ugly duckling now has paint! I managed to get the Airfix kit put together and rescribed enough for a NMF (hopefully). We will see how she looks when I lay down the aluminum. I already added the silver lacquer to the wings. Major progress on the Eduard build. Decals in place Followed by an oil wash. Per photographs, the propeller didn't have any of the Hamilton-standard logos or stencilling, so I left it black. Some light fuel stains Added small details like the backup gunsight post, bomb racks, antennas
  3. Got the flaps installed. I had an Ultracase resin set, but either because of it or the way I built the wings, the fit was poor. Instead, I opted to use the kit parts for the inner flaps (filling the wing step which only appeared on later aircraft) and build my own covers from plastic sheet, and use the resin flaps for the more complicated outer sections. I still needed to add some shims to lengthen the resin flaps so that they would fit up against the inner parts. I added the covers on the underside from some thin plastic card. Added the actuator wire to the inner cowl flaps Also busied up the landing gear with photoetch parts
  4. Can anyone point me to a good photograph of the landing light (sometimes referred to as the "approach light") on the -1D Corsair wing leading edge? It should be on the left wing just inboard of the guns. The 1/48 Tamiya kit has the incorrect earlier circular landing light on the wing underside that I need to fill and replace with the above. The kit has a small rectangular panel that looks like it's in the right place but I'd like to confirm. On a similar note, where was the gun camera window located? There appears to be another similar rectangular panel I can open up on the right side, so if that's supposed to be the gun camera I can open that up too while I'm at it, but I would like some confirmation. Thanks
  5. After wrapping up the gear bay, I got to work on the wing guns. I got a set of two Master brass P-51D guns for my two Mustang builds, but concluded that those kits did not need them. I took six of the recessed gun mounts from these sets, and after slightly drilling out the openings on the Corsair wind leading edge, glued them in place with thick CA. This lets me use those two sets I got, plus I still have four leftover guns for a future P-51B or something like that. I then mounted the outer wing sections in place. The mechanism Tamiya provides, a pin sliding into a corresponding hole, didn't line up at all. I triple checked that I had used all the right bulkhead pieces, so I have no idea why it didn't fit. Instead, I just cut the pin off, and glued the wings in place after carefully lining them up. Some small areas needed a touch of filler but otherwise the fit was good.
  6. Scribing results are mixed. It's tolerable but could be much better. Considering the area will be natural metal I've set it aside for a bit to figure out what to do. Progress is much better on the Eduard build. Here is the masking for the green noze. The end result I painted the area around the exhaust titanium and added some heat staining evident in some photos. A close up: I originally added some chipping to the black stripes, and then noticed later on a photograph of the real aircraft that they were pretty clean and intact. I kept the chipping on the leading edge and repainted the rest.
  7. Even more of the landing gear plumbing done. Just need to add the cables to the door actuators like this on the other side and I'll be finished and ready to move on. Either going to do the outer wings/gun areas next, or keep working on landing gear.
  8. Some Mustang progress On the Eduard build I've painted the anti-glare panel and the green nose I also installed the landing gear; they took a little force to get in the locating aids, and I accidentally broke one of them off near where it attaches to the wheel. Some careful alignment and CA glue seemed to lock it back in place, but I'll have to be careful with it. Now for the more troubled of the two builds: I became very frustrated with the way the cooling vent panels were situated and my attempts at filling the holes, I couldn't get an even surface and still saw little bumps where the holes used to be. So instead I just covered the whole thing with Milliput and sanded smooth to start fresh. Now I need some scribing assistance. I'm trying to use these two unused panels from the Eduard kit as templates to scribe the corresponding shape on the Airfix kit. My options seem to be 1) temporarily fix these panels in place and then carve around them. The problem is that is easier said than done, I tried gluing them on with white glue (something that wouldn't leave a mess when I took them off later), but even after a day of drying the parts shifted a little bit when I tried to scribe against them. Also, the parts are designed to be inserted into the fuselage from the inside so there's a bit of an overhang which makes it hard to scribe right up against the panel edge. Option 2 is to take this tracing and somehow make a rigid template of the same shape that I can hold in place. Does anyone have any suggestions? I don't have the equipment to make my own photoetch. Grateful for any assistance with the scribing questions.
  9. Got the fuselage together without much difficulty As well as the wing center section: The rear of the gear bays had a large gap between the bulkhead and the skin, so I filled the area with milliput and sanded smooth Preliminary detailing of the wheel wells with some wire, more to go but this is a start I also drilled out the opaque formation and recognition lights on the wings and filled them with krystal klear Here are the lights with tamiya clear paints on top
  10. I committed to filling the rivets on the Airfix wings. Here are the wings after several layers of Mr Surfacer followed by sanding and rescribing And under a polished coat of primer: You can still barely see some areas of the rivets depending on the angle of the flight- I think I'll keep it like this to give the hint of something there. I added the anti-vibration strut to the inside of the Airfix air scoop to match the Eduard kit (which comes with a PE part for this purpose) Time to start painting: I primed the Eduard kit in gloss black, and then applied Alclad RAF High Speed Silver to the wing areas to represent the aluminum lacquer. It came out fairly monotone and uniform, which I guess is what I want, but I'm sure I can add some depth/variation during the weathering stage with washes and oils. After masking those areas off, a coat of AK Aluminum on the fuselage started the NMF portion of the process. I'm going to let this fully dry/cure for a day or so before starting to mask off individual panels for some variation and painting the other details.
  11. Thanks for the reply. From the linked article: How much to believe though? I've found lots of conflicting information. From what I understand, the switch to the black cockpit sides started when Vought started producing the F4U-4, so applies mostly to the Goodyear FG1-D's made after that time. Other things I've found definitively say that the only interior green on the aircraft was found in the cockpit, and other primed surfaces would be yellow zinc chromate, and that the Cowls, like the wheel wells, were painted in "leftover paint". So from this it would seem that Sea Blue would be in order for the cowling interior. Long story short, I'm still not sure.
  12. The Eduard wheel bay is close to finished: All major subassemblies together: The Airfix build still needs a bit more work: Now for the big dilemma of the day: The Eduard kit has the puttied over wings. The Airfix features big prominent rivets over the areas that were puttied, and of course has them completely absent on the areas that were not! So now I need to figure out if it's worth it to putty the wings or not. This is going to be a post-war aircraft in the Swedish Air Force around 1950 or so- I would guess that the original putty might have come out by then, but I don't know if it was religiously re-applied? I would guess so, because the aircraft in reference photos all seem to be very well maintained in peacetime. What do others think? If i decide to fill them all, what's the best way to do this as smoothly and painlessly as possible? Carefully paint multiple layers of surfacer until all detail underneath is obscured, then sand smooth? Or is there an easier way?
  13. Some better shots of the interior before closing everything up: Joined together: For the ribbing on the interior of the cowling, I printed an alignment guide and then attached the pieces without too much difficulty. The look of the cowling is now much improved. The size didn't quite line up for me so I built up the edge of the cowling with milliput and tamiya putty to match. There's still a little work to do to smooth everything out but for now it is adequate. Again, I will happily accept any advice on what color to paint the cowling and cowl flap interiors. I've seen pictures of an aircraft with interior green, but I don't know if the aircraft had been restored or anything else about it's providence. I've heard some sources say it was painted in a similar fashion to the wheel wells. Right now my choices are yellow ZC and the same sea blue I used in the wheel bays, recommendations are appreciated. I also started some work on the Vector resin engine. Here you can see an alignment comparison between the kit engine and the resin core- it looks like it should be easy enough to shorten the resin piece to make it match the kit engine in how far it protrudes forward. I got to work with some sandpaper: And in the ended up ended up with a resin piece of the proper length with a perpendicular join. I'm still working out a mechanism for getting this piece on dead center of the engine plate and with the correct rotational alignment, and then i'll remove the post the kit uses to mount the engine.
  14. Completed some more work on the cockpit Test-fit looks good, once I apply a matte coat and add some final details I'll close up the fuselage. Next up is the engine cowling. Here are the two Vector resin parts prior to removal from the casting blocks. I will need to saw off the front cowling ring and replace it. For the color of the cowling interior of a F4U-1D, would you recommend yellow zinc chromate, or specular sea blue like the rest of the landing gear bays?
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