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  1. Nice. You don't see many of those built. I flew one in War Thunder! haha
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    F4U Corsair

    So it is safe to also assume the tri-color scheme aircraft had no tail hook either?
  3. Hey Folks, I am having trouble finding Corsairs with the tri-color scheme that have carrier markings. Is it due to lack of documentation? or for some reason the tri-colored schemed aircraft did not get markings? Were most of them land-based, hence the lack of carrier markings? Also, are there any good examples of the walk-line placement on the wings? Did the width and placement vary?
  4. Excellent work. I might consider an Airfix kit based on how well you presented this.
  5. Excellent - if I could build one like that, I would quickly have an entire air force.
  6. First I was like ohhh cool, I see the points for the sirens,, then I read
  7. Finally tracked down some masks. I like Maketar, but on their Facebook page, there are some old messages from people not getting their orders. So I found a set on ebay. Super easy insignia compared to the concentric circles that I am working on for some Spitfires. The mast fell off because I didn't put enough glue and the surfaces were already painted. It is not broken, so I am not too worried over it. After building 3 Hellcats, I was accustomed to putting the larger masks on the fuselage. Then it struck me while unable to sleep. Corsairs have the larger insignia on the wings. (pretty sure about that, correct me if I am wrong even though it is too late!).
  8. After days of researching where to make the hole for the mast (I was trying to line it up with what I thought was a divet inside the fuselage), I still ended up putting the mast in the wrong spot. I noticed when I was looking over my top coat, I realized if the canopy was opened, it would hit the mast. SO, I had to remove it, seal up the hole and then glue it down further back. This time I did not drill a hole, just cut off the nubbin on the bottom of the mast. That set my progress back, plus all the hours I work. My company can't keep people hired, so I volunteer for overtime. I had the day off today, and finished up the top coat. I took off most of the salt off, but some of the finer granules won't come off. I was wondering if water may do the trick? I crushed up the salt to try to get different sizes, but it still looks a little too uniform to me. I will have to blend in some painted chips so break it up. Overall, I was never a big fan of chipping. Especially my chipping. But I will hold off on final judgement until this build is complete. Here she is today:
  9. Ahh yes, thank you. I made the correct decision then!
  10. The underside is airbrushed. Since white is such a light color and no one sees the underside much, I decided to do all the weathering at a later time. In my corsair book, I saw most most have a straight line where the white and blue meet. But I decided to paint that little section at the front of the wing blue because it does fold up along with the rest of the wing. And here is the progress on the upper surfaces. The light blue is masked off and only the darker upper surface blue is visible. Though barely visible, I added some shades of blue and brown on access panels, and for the first time ever - I am trying the 'salt trick'. I finally took at guess at where to make the hole for the mast, that is why it has no paint yet. I mixed all my own colors using MRP. The upper surfaces will be a bit darker when complete. I've been working like a mad man at work that is why progress here is slow. But I have this Sunday off so I intend to spend time on this bugger.
  11. So if you look at the fuselage halves, there is no dimple in the plastic circled in red?
  12. Hi Folks, I posted this in my build, sorry if duplicate, but I have the weekend off and want to work on the corsair. I did not create the hole for the mast (missed it in the directions). And there is no mark visible for me to know where to start. Can someone help out and give me an accurate measurement in millimeters from the panel line outlined in red to the center of the mast so I know where to start drilling?
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