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Tamiya 1/48 scale F4U-1D Corsair

Model By:  Alessandro Patroncino


The model is the excellent Tamiya Corsair F4U-1D built essentially out of the box with the lonely help by the Eduard photo etched set dedicated to this war bird. I choose the zoom set number FE103 that offers to you the essential to improve your Corsair, but talking about the Tamiya sprue.....The cockpit was the first element built with the addition of the Eduard's set: the result is astonishing!!! Please remember that "no floor on the Corsair", so you MUST make attention on airbrushing all the interiors if you don't want, peeling off your masking tape from the lower fuselage window (the one under the pilot's feet!!!), recognize that you leave some gray sprue portion inside; and when you glue, fill and paint the aircraft can't coming back in the past.....Once everything went set I painted all the cockpit with Aeromaster acrylic interior green 1049, washed with black oil color and dry brushed with interior yellow by Testors enamel, than I hand brushed all the little particulars in red and white to gave some breaking tones to the cockpit. The rest of the construction went as planned (some troubles on the wing concerning the folding section) and it's time to paint! First I applied a good pre-shading with Humbrol black and as dried I sprayed with my airbrush all the aircraft with Aeromaster acrylic Sea Blue gloss ANA 623 with 5% of white, rising the rate to 10% when the interested area was the central part of each panel in order to highlight the painting scheme. The choice of the aircraft to replicate about felt on the Wing 167, bu nbr 57803 flown by Capt. Roger R. Hedrick , VF-84, USS Bunker Hill, February 1945, with the yellow cowling band temporary covered: With this aircraft he scored his 12th kill.




The model is a very delight to build, paint and very small amount of filler is required. Don't hesitate to buy this Corsair, it worth all money you spend. So I'm ready for the next one! For more of Alessandro's articles and photos, visit his web site Quarter Warbirds in Scale

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