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  1. Hi I would like to join with this F4U-1 (or -2) "Birdcage" Corsair Tamiya 1/48th scale I have not yet chosen the subject: I have already built the white 20 of the Marines VMF-213 in 1/72 scale but it remains my favorite for early 2 tone camo and the presence of the eagle on the engine cowl Second of the list is one of the two night fighter of the Marines VMF(N)-532 (black 205 or 212) , last but don't least , the 3 (actually 4) tone camo 17-F-13 of the Navy VF-17 PS the same model had been presented for the Pacific at war GB but was not suitable for the regulation for which I changed the subject I would like to show you my other Corsair build This is the model mentioned above (Tamiya 1/72nd with Sky Models decal) An old French F4U-7 - (Italeri 1/72nd with Sky Models decal) A RNZAF Corsair built for Pacific at war GB in 2018 (Revell 1/72nd with Sky Models and Ventura Publications decal , thanks to LDSModeller )
  2. CHANCE-VOUGHT F4U CORSAIR STGB Hello everybody so I’m considering starting another STGB. I had planned on waiting till June to drop this in here. But I decided i couldn't wait. I was thinking of going for the Chance Vought F4U Corsair as the subject of the build. I know there was a Corsair STGB in 2016. I hope to repeat the success of that build. I am proposing any model of the F4U Corsair from the Prototype XF4U to F4U-7, including the AU-1(F4U-6). Yes the Brewster and Goodyear variants are allowed. They were after all license built copies with some of the own derivatives. Any Foreign operator of the type from the R.N., New Zealand, France, Argentina, El Salvador, and Honduras. From world war two to the Soccer war Corsairs. Any of the prototypes Like the F2G, F4U-3, or the Racers. I am open to all scales and materials including resin. I’m open to any & all Aftermarket and add-ons, but the 25% rule holds true. No what-ifs or paper projects, only prototypes that were built and tested. So if you’re interested please sign-up. The Two Co-Hosts are Col. And Modelling Minion. If you're interested in joining and have questions please let me or one of the co-hosts know ? 1. Corsairfoxfouruncle 2. zegeye 3. MarkSH 4. zebra 5 TEMPESTMK5 6. CliffB 7. Arniec 8. gingerbob 9. Blitz23 10. Joss 11. DaveyGair 12. theplasticsurgeon 12a. rafalbert 14. Ozzy 15. Col.(Co-host) 16. Grey beema 17. JackG 18. Modelling minion (co-host) 19. uncletommy 20. spaddad 21. jrlx 22. jb65rams 23. Hewy 24. Black Knight 25. vppelt68 26. Thom216 27. Shin 28. almac 29. gary from darwin 30. wellzy 31. Johnson 32. John Laidlaw 33. Erwin 34. Dansk 35. johnd 36. rob85 37. 825 38. moaning dolphin 39. HoolioPaulio 40. Cookenbacher 41. LorenSharp 42. TommyF 43. LDSModeller 44. SleeperService 45. wimbledon99 46. GREG DESTEC 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55.
  3. Well seeing as I'm co-hosting I thought it was about time that I revealed what I will be building for this GB. Now those of you who have seen my builds in the past will know that I like to build things in markings that are a little out of the ordinary and have an interest in things flown in smaller conflicts from around the World and as such I voted for the Small Wars GB which unfortunately didn't get picked this time around so I thought I would use this opportunity to show why I like the subject and hopefully garner some support if it comes up for voting again, and also to point some of you in the direction of the Latin American GB which could really use some more support in the Group Build Chat section, go on you know you want to! Anyway to the build. I will be using the venerable Hasegawa 1/48 F4U-5N boxing which is still the best 1/48 kit for anything from the F4U-5 onwards and I will be using a decal sheet from FCM to produce an F4U-5 NL that was used by the Argentine Naval Aviation in the 1963 Navy Revolt which saw them used to attack armored forces of the Army as they advanced on the Navy base at Punta Indio causing quite a bit of damage. An interesting fact is that they were used in conjunction with the Navy's Grumman Panthers, which would also make a nice topic to build. The revolt got absolutely nowhere but cost the Navy dearly as a lot of their aircraft were destroyed on the ground by the Air Force. Onto the box and it's contents, here are the usual box and contents shots starting with the box top; And the contents; And the decal sheet by FCM, currently taped to a window to increase it's whiteness; And a look at what she will look like, hopefully! So there we have it, a build which covers 3 GB's, Corsair, Small Wars and Latin America and will hopefully get a little support for the other two. Thanks for looking in and all criticism and advice is always welcome. Craig.
  4. 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
  5. Hey Folks, Started another build (my fourth simultaneous). Sorry for no pictures of the cockpit, was too involved with the others. If I do anything special to a cockpit during a build, I promise pictures. I picked the kit up on Amazon when the price lowered. It was described as 'new'. When it arrived, every single bag inside was opened. Fortunately, everything was o.k. It was a lot of work trying to keep all the details on the fuselage in front of the canopy. Kudos to all who have built a corsair. It is something to consider before building one, which I wasn't aware of. I don't think I should have taken on the challenge yet, my scribing skills are poor. Plus, this is the first time I have used my new red putty and the whole thing looked a mess. I thought it was going to end up on the shelf of doom, until I put a coat of white primer on. Not too shabby looking after the primer. Actually I'm really happy with it so far and the build will proceed!
  6. Here is this week's build...this one took four days total, mostly afternoons and a little evening time. Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1A in RNZAF markings from Eagle Strike, Guadalcanal May 1945. I went a tad heavier than usual on the weathering and tried a few new techniques since the pics I found of this and other RNZAF aircraft around the same time showed them fairly dirty and hard-worked. Fun build.
  7. The next HobbyBoss 1/48th Corsair variant is a Royal Navy Mk.II - ref.80395 Sources: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=product&a=show&id=63&l=en V.P.
  8. Vought F4U-1A Corsair 1:72 Revell The legendary Chance Vought Corsair was one of the most effective combat aircraft to see service during the Second World War. Famous for its 11:1 kill ratio in the hands of US Navy pilots, the Corsair was also notable for achieving a longer production run than any other piston-engined fighter in US history. For best performance, the Corsair was given the largest engine then available: the Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp. This 18-cylinder, 46 litre monster drove a huge three-bladed prop that was almost 14 feet across. In order to ensure the prop didn't strike the ground on take-off or landing, the wings had to be given their characteristic inverted gull shape. Initial trials of the aircraft revealed an unpleasant stall characteristic that would lead to one wing dropping suddenly. This had to be fixed with a small root mounted stall strip. The set-back cockpit, required due to the fuel tanks fitted in the forward fuselage, gave poor forward visibility on landing and take-off, with oil from the engine further obscuring the view. The top cowling flaps were replaced with a fixed panel, and the landing gear struts re-tuned, but this delayed its use as a carrier borne fighter until 1944. Despite these set-backs, the Corsair was used successfully as a land-based fighter and was used in large numbers by the US Marines. A number of aces got their kills in the Corsair, and many Japanese pilots considered it to be the most capable US-built fighter of the War. Due to its excellent low-level performance, the Corsair was also used for ground attack, firing unguided rockets and bombs from its wing pylons. The Royal Navy also used the Corsair from 1943, and despite its unforgiving deck handling characteristics it found favour with pilots. After WWII it went on to serve in many conflicts, with the production line finally closing in 1953, more than 10 years after it opened. As a testament to its longevity and usefulness, some foreign operators still had Corsairs in service in the 1970s. I think Revell's new Corsair is the first all-new 1:72 Aircraft from the home of the end-opening box since the Ju-88 hit the shelves a couple of years ago. Inside the small blue box are four sprues of white plastic, a single sprue of clear parts and the usual decal sheet and instructions. The colour of the plastic will be off-putting for some, but you can't deny that Revell have a rich history of using any colour other than grey if they can get away with it. If only they applied the same policy to the printing of their instruction books! Notwithstanding the dazzling albedo of the plastic, the parts are crisply moulded with very fine, engraved panel lines and plenty of detail. In common with other recent kits from Revell, there are tiny touches of flash here and there, but nothing too much to worry about. The layout of the sprues suggests that this kit has been designed to allow a number of different versions to be squeezed from the basic moulds. Although I dont know which other versions Revell are planning at this point in time, a birdcage canopy and an FAA clipped wing version are both possibilities. As usual, construction starts with the cockpit, where things get off to a good, well-detailed start. evell have laid on a real treat here. No fewer than ten parts make up this sub-assembly and each one is beautifully moulded. Detail on parts such as the side consoles and instrument panel is exquisite. The control column and rudder pedals are also nicely represented, as is the pilot's seat. A set of decals is provided to represent the seat harnesses too. The breakdown of the fuselage is quite complex, so a little care will have to be taken to make sure that everything lines up nicely and there arent any unsightly gaps or smudges of glue to spoil things. The wings are also quite complex, with separately moulded wingtips and fairings for the .50 cal machine guns and the supercharger intercooler intakes. The lower wing is moulded as a single span though, so achieving the characteristic anhedral angle won't be a problem. Landing flaps and ailerons are moulded as part of the upper wing. The tail planes and elevators are moulded as solid parts too, while the rudder is moulded separately. The engine is very nicely represented, with the two rows of cylinders moulded separately for maximum detail. The hydraulically operated cowling can be fitted in closed or open positions too. The fixed parts of the cowling have been moulded in three parts, which adds to the complexity but allows for a higher degree of accuracy. The exhaust pipes are also moulded separately, and although they look rather excellent for injection moulded items, I'm sure some even more excellent resin replacements will be available at some point. Once the major parts of the airframe have been assembled, attention turns to the undercarriage. The detail-fest continues here, with structures moulded into both the main and tail landing gear bays and complex and accurate landing gear legs. The inner hubs are moulded separately to the tyres, which means the spoked wheels have accurate depth (as well as being a little bit easier to paint). The landing gear bay doors are paper-thin, with nice moulded detail on the inner surfaces. They are moulded in the closed position, which is great if you want to build your model gear-up, but must be split if you wish to build it gear-down. Underwing ordnance is limited to a couple of drop tanks. The transparent parts are thin and clear, but there is a fair bit of distortion present. I've seen a lot worse in this scale, but I've also seen better (including from Revell themselves) Marking options are included for two aircraft: Vought F4U-1A Corsair, VMF-214 Squadron, US Marine Corps, Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, December 1943; and Vought F4U-1A Corsair, VMF-17 Squadron, US Navy, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, February 1944; and The decals themselves have been produced to a high standard. They appear to be perfectly in register, detail is very sharp and they look nice and thin on the sheet. A selection of stencils is included too. Conclusion Although we already have a number of decent kits of the Corsair available in this scale, this is still a very welcome kit. It has been produced to a high standard, and although the breakdown of parts is fairly complex, it should be possible to build a very detailed kit straight from the box. The kit has clearly been designed to allow other variants to be produced from the same basic sprues, and hopefully it won't be long before we see one or more of these appear. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  9. Hi Friends, Happy new year for everyone. I start my Britmodeller this year with my last build (finished some months ago). The old mould but totally accurate to the todays standards of modelling manufacturers F4 Corsair in 1/48th by Tamiya. All is very well engineered as usual by Tamiya, the fit is superb. I added some rivets with my Trumpeter's riveting tool and also the Eduard Photo Etched extra parts to upgrade the bird. I added some extra scratch build to the cowling to simulate the mechanism to open or close the vent doors. It's a nice plane, and very cool for weathering. Also this kit from Tamiya has a very well detailed OOB cockpit. I hope you like it, Cheers Ricardo
  10. Hi! Here's another one of my builds - a ww2 corsair, heavily used with exposure to sun, sand and salty water.
  11. Hi there fellow modellers. First time post in ready for inspection. It’s my second build with my new airbrush (Revell’s basic set, single action) and my tenth build overall, so I ‘m still figuring things out. Overall I’m happy with the result but there are things that need improving. First of all when I painted the fuselage paint looked nice, really happy with the result. Then I gloss coated it before putting on the decals (with Vallejo gloss acrylic varnish 26.517). After coating the paint didn’t look that nice/smooth anymore. In hind side I don’t know if the paint never was that smooth to begin with and the gloss coat just accented it or that I simply messed up applying the coating. (perhaps more/less coating?). I do know that after the coating the plane feels a bit sticky, even after 24 hours and is a dust magnet. After coating I did cover the plane with a shoebox to prevent dust falling on to it. Thinking about using another brand of gloss next time. The second thing I struggled with is putting the separately painted small parts on to the fuselage without messing up the paint or leaving glue residue. I know the preferred order is first gluing and then painting but with some parts I just don’t see any other way to pull it off. I guess experience and gaining more modelling skills will lead to improvement in this area. Then there is the fr#@k!ng canopy. For me without a doubt the most difficult part of a build. In videos I see all those people cutting maskingtape like it’s the easiest job in the world, but now, for me free brushpainting and scrapping the excess paint with a toothpick works best. I see a lot of improvement compared with my older builds but still a whole lot to gain. The Corsair purists among you will notice the paint color is a bit of. I think I messed up the color mixing percentages, but considering the points I mentioned above, it doesn’t bother me that much. My last build I started to use Tamiya panel line accent color but the panel lines on this kit are so shallow that I didn’t think the result would justify the work I had to put in. Well, all the disclaimers are in place so plane is ready for inspection!
  12. 1/32 Revell F4U Corsair is done Im doing for a customer and he want no decals, he will add his custom ones later And the color is his own choice Hope you guys like my latest work https://flic.kr/p/2etHxeX https://flic.kr/p/2fN5CrE https://flic.kr/p/TJp1fG https://flic.kr/p/2eEV7Rs https://flic.kr/p/TJp1nA https://flic.kr/p/2fN5CGQ
  13. This is the older Revell kit, but despite it's age, it still builds into a nice model. The fit is generally pretty good and you do have the option to fold the wings. This is built straight from the box, with the roundels masked and painted on. The aircraft is one used in the 100 Hours, or more commonly known as the Soccer War between Honduras and El Salvador in 1969. It was the last air war fought with piston engined aircraft, Honduras flying Corsairs and El Salvador flying a mix of Mustangs and Corsairs. Surviving fighters on both sides continued to serve into the 1970's.
  14. Hello All, Here's some pics of the HobbyBoss Corsair I've been working on while some paint dries on a AIrfix C-47. Hope you enjoy the pics. As always any comments are appreciated. All the Best! Don
  15. VF-17 "Jolly Rogers" F4U-1A White 3 - Lt Frederick "Big Jim" Streig Bougainville 1944. This is the Revell kit brush painted OOTB. At 1/72 scale it provides a lot of nice detail at a low price. A few fit issues were overcome during the build, and it was an enjoyable project. TFL Cheers Greg
  16. Can anyone inform me about Trumpeters 1 32 kit for the Corsair F4U 1D with regards two questions : 1 : can I paint the clear engine cowling directly or do I have to prep it in some way ? Someone suggested spraying Scotchgard on the surface. 2 : how does the acetate film instrument panel get glued or attached in between the back and front panel pieces ? Theres no place to spot glue into any area...
  17. Hi all, I'm in the process of building an Academy 1/72 F4U-1 modified to a Fleet Air Arm Corsair Mk.II operating in the Pacific theater and I was wondering about the colour of the wheel wells. Was it the regular US interior green colour or was it Sky like the underside? - Cam
  18. Hi I would like to join with this F4U-1 (or -2) "Birdcage" Corsair Tamiya 1/48th scale I have not yet chosen the subject: I have already built the white 20 of the Marines VMF-213 in 1/72 scale but it remains my favorite for early 2 tone camo and the presence of the eagle on the engine cowl Second of the list is one of the two night fighter of the Marines VMF(N)-532 (black 205 or 212) , last but don't least , the 3 (actually 4) tone camo 17-F-13 of the Navy VF-17 This is the model mentioned above (Tamiya 1/72nd with Sky Models decal)
  19. F4U Wheels (for Tamiya) 1:72 Eduard I've reviewed quite a few different resin wheels from Eduard, and they've never failed to impress me. The resin is always flawlessly and the details are crisp and sharp. This set provides a complete set of resin wheels for Tamiya's 1:72 Corsair. The main wheels have flat spots cast in place, while the tail wheel actually includes a complete replacement strut assembly (except for the tail hook). The latter includes photo etched details and paint masks are included for both main wheels and tail wheel. Conclusion It's curious that Eduard have waited until now to release upgraded wheels for a kit that is nearing its twenty-first birthday. Notwithstanding that, the wheels themselves are up to Eduard's usual high standard and they will make a noticeable difference to the kit. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. 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
  21. A model from 4 years ago: I really enjoy and applaud every time a manufacturer ventures beyond the usual frontiers and presents something refreshing. In this case, Special Hobby offering started nevertheless as a war bird, as you can tell for the machine-gun holes and other clues. These exact molds were first released as such. But then, in a welcome turn of inspiration, Special Hobby went for the racers to which many of this military machines were converted after the war. The decal sheet offers no less than four choices! The complete kit package is constituted by multiple resin parts nicely and cleanly cast, a small photoetched fret, a piece of printed film for the instrument panel, extensive decals as said before, two (!) vacuformed canopies and several pages of instructions. All of the items are neatly bagged and therefore protected, only to put them in one of those self-squashing, end-opening boxes. The model is not new now (2014) but it is still available for a reasonable price. The price is reasonable, sure, because the moldings show the effects of a lesser molding technology, with no locating pins, thick gates and prominent seam lines. Very little flash is present, but to get out some of the parts is not easy, and I broke two -that I promptly repaired- even when I was extra careful and, err, have been doing this for a little while. The surface detail is very good, and dry trials showed a not too precise fit, although not bad either. The masters for these parts were superb, but the technology for the fabrication of the kit traded low cost for some loss of quality. So be it. This subject is a tad outside my usual choices' envelope and is the one portrayed in the box art, but bear in mind that the contemporary machine you see on the Net is not exactly like the original machine that participated in the races in the late 40's. You get parts for both, as well as others to cater for some little differences between the other subjects in the decal sheet. Beware that in spite the abundant decals some areas still have to be painted, in this case white at the front of the nose and the vertical stabilizer tip. Always study your photos (NOT drawings) and compare, then take notes and proceed. The kit got an incorrect 9-cyl row engine, but the kit I am building has a 7-cyl row that came with later -corrected- releases, although it still has three magnetos instead of the seven needed. And so it began: As soon as I compared the "corrected" resin engine with the real thing I noticed that if it was true that the cylinder count was now correct, the cylinders themselves were not; being the shape, pushrods, configuration, all not accurate. So I ordered and Engine & Things P&W R-4360 aftermarket engine and to hell with the kit's one. Then I turned my attention to the resin bits. There are three things I don't like about resin parts: 1) When they are bad (NOT this case) 2) When they do not have a good fit (more on this) 3) When they are ridden with flash, pinholes, bubbles, etc ( again, NOT this case) 4) When the pouring blocks are not intelligently or practically connected to the parts themselves (more on that) 5) That they are made of resin (more on that too) Sorry, did I say I didn't like three things about resin parts? I guess they were more. The resin parts as said are good, well detailed, and mine had no blemishes whatsoever. While most came out obediently from their pouring blocks, the wheel wells were cast in a way that made very difficult to remove the excess resin, and this is critical because these parts are trapped between the wing halves, and of course, like every other resin cockpit and wheel well in the universe, they do not fit, being too thick (point 2). But if you sand too much, you will come through the wheel well roof , ruining the part, so WHY was the pouring block located there (point 4)? Anyway, you will have to sand too the wing parts to allow for the part to fit. As you sand the resin parts you produce an interesting amount of harmful resin dust, a health hazard. So the more you have to sand away those pouring blocks and the parts for them to fit the more crap you generate. I use a mask and do it partially under running water, but the stuff surely gets somewhere else too (point 5). The resin exhaust stubs are correct for the original racer (the two top on the sides being larger and the two lower ones shorter). The contemporary rebuilt plane has all four side stubs of the same length. The kit manufacturer omitted the ones that run underneath the fuselage, another three pairs of them, that you will have to scratch and add. The prop is too small for this variant,. Another glitch that keeps you in "step 0" fixing things and thus unable to proceed with the building itself. It is good that the overall quality of this kit is so high, and that's a strong motivation to persist. All these minor issues are not something terrible, and are relatively easily taken care off. But I have one complaint: the fuselage is split in two halves as usual vertically, but all the way up to the front; no separate cowl, no separate lip. This for me is a mistake, because you trap the engine as you join the fuselage, therefore corrections on the joints inside the cowl's lip are very difficult. A separate front lip was all that was required, and as it is, is reminiscent of bad and old kits. I was tempted to cut the cowl off and assemble it separately, or at least cut the lips off and join them apart, but decided against it in order not to mount even more corrections and tidying ups. The model shows the beautiful lines of the original now at the service of a more peaceful purpose. I liked this one, especially for the well-cast resins, the crisp and sturdy vac canopies (2!) and the superb level of surface detail; although it is not -as any other kit- without its issues. The decals cover many subjects and the graphics and register are superb, but they are really fragile and shatter easily, and there are a few wrong calls in the numbers. The decals adapt to the surface detail superbly, but are a pain in the neck to handle. There are, as you know, other good-looking racing colors and designs for this kit. As I commented, there are some differences between the restored machines and the originals, so study your references. Although restorations and rebuilds of planes are commendable and deserve high praise, as a norm I never trust them as a source for information regarding the original machines, since invariably something is off. And it is in this case as usual. You could model, of course, the contemporary machine and be done with the issue, but I am a nostalgic and enjoy digging in the past to rescue as much as possible of the golden glory and charm of the vintage subjects. As you may know, besides this Special Hobby kit, there is an Aviation Usk / Xotic-72 kit of the same plane, but I can't comment on it since I have never seen one. This model requires care and attention, and for sure some skill, but the reward for your no little efforts is a stunning racer with lots of pizzazz.
  22. I am (very slowly) building a collection of the aircraft of various Royal Navy Aces (based on the Osprey book). This model represents Vought Corsair MkII JT537/P136. 1836 NAS, HMS Victorious, Operation Iceberg May 1945. On 4th May 1945 SLt DJ Sheppard (RCN) used this aircraft to destroy a D4Y Judy. SLt DJ Sheppard was the first Royal Canadian Navy Ace of WWII. The kit is the Tamiya F4U-1D kit. Throw it in the air and it assembles itself, except it has the rather excellent MCD MkII conversion set with new cockpit sidewalls, seat with harness, CO vents and external tank. TTS uses Xtracrylix paints. Markings are made up from various Xtradecal sets. I chose this aeroplane for my collection rather than the usual T8*B in which Sheppard scored the majority of his victories as I already have a Corsair in the Blue/White roundel (Lt Col R Hay) and I wanted a Corsair with the BFP Roundel and Bars. Anyway enough of the chat... Here is P147 onboard USS Essex for comparison... And in the cabinet... Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by...
  23. Time to post some images of my first ever Tamiya kit, as my usual diet consists of Czech short run kits or conversions of bombers into something more civil. I used an Eduard Zoom set for the interior and a CMK set for the dropped flaps. The kit decals are nice, but as I wanted to depict a late war F4U-1D from the USS Cape Gloucester, I used a sheet from Barracudacals. I hope you like it. Peter
  24. Dear All, So I have made a start on my latest model. I do this for fun/relaxation, not so good at it.....but getting better. Here is the pit/office all done..........................and yes, before anyone says anything, the interior green isn't correct.....but its what I had and is good enough for my humble needs. Enjoy........comments / suggestions (good or bad) welcome as they will only make my skills improve.
  25. It's my first topic here, so let me introduce myself shortly: I'm a polish scale modeler. I've built models since I was a teenager and a member of a local modeling club. When I was 18/19 years old, I had to take a break due to lack of time. Almost 10 years later, my fiance gave me a birthday gift (airplane model - Lublin r.XIII ter), to recall myself how it was to be a modeler again It should’ve been one-time adventure, but obviously it was exactly the opposite. This Corsair is the third completed one from then. Previous two models were rather training ones, I had to recall myself all the techniques and honestly, I didn’t have a nice workbench tools or paints, besides little box with pile set, scalpel, and 3-4 paints. Now, my workbench has grown, I have lots of useful tools. I chose brush painting technique, to have more fun while working. I am aware of better quality performed by using airbrush, but to be honest, I am a brush fan and I won’t give it up for sure. My goal is to achieve such high painting quality as an airbrush. Before starting to build Corsair, I thought of showing my work at some small modeling exhibitions and share on the internet forums. I didn’t use any additional, bought parts or even canopy masks. I made them all by myself, for example: masks are made of masking tape. I am satisfied with the painting - layers are really thin, they didn’t hide panel lines. My brush didn’t leave streaks, because I used flat brush and paint thinner. However, I am not happy about paint chips and scratches. I chose wrong technique and even though I tried to fix this, but my efforts were pointless, because it looked worse. I need to focus on that. The orange strip on the fuselage is painted, not used from decals. I focused on engine, some photos are attached below. You are welcome to check out my work in progress gallery on my blog. It’s in polish (english version in progress), but you can see a lot of photos there: http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-cz-2/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-cz-3/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-cz-4/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-cz-5/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-cz-6/ http://minihangar.online/warsztat-corsair-f4u-4-revell-172-final/ And gallery: In progress:
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