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Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1a Corsair 2 months 2 weeks ago #121

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Progress continued last night. Finished weathering the insides of the engine covers and the cowl flaps. They just need a coat of flat clear now. Also gave all of the undercarriage parts a coat of the salmon pink primer. I am going to apply a dark wash next and then airbrush the top coat on, just leaving a hint of the undercoat showing through. A grey wash will finish those off.

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Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1a Corsair 2 months 2 weeks ago #122

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Had a change of thought with regards to applying a wash to the undercarriage parts before applying the insignia white. I have airbrushed all of the parts insignia white and will apply a medium grey wash to the parts without applying a gloss coat first, so it will stain the paint outside of the recessed areas. Then I will mist on thinned coats of the insignia white until I get the desired show through. Then I will gloss coat, apply the decal to each leg, apply another grey wash to the recesses and flat coat.

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Nice progress B)

I'd be happy to see you start the Avenger :woohoo:
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It would make sense to start on the Avenger, as I'll be using variations of the same colour mixes to achieve the tri-tone schemes on both kits :cheer:

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Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1a Corsair 2 months 2 weeks ago #125

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Undercarriage components painting and weathering complete and almost ready for assembly.




Engine covers finished with a flat coat.

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Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1a Corsair 2 months 1 week ago #126

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Dry fitting front end components. Going to need some slight tweaking for a better fit


Assembly of undercarriage underway

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Have just finished the legs. Damn they look sexy :whistle:



Will start painting up the Barracuda wheels tomorrow


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Having a great time working on the small items.

Using double sided tape, I have tacked on the one piece undercarriage doors for displaying the aircraft in flight, to mask the gear bays for painting.


Engine front end now assembled and fits nicely on front of fuselage. Have masked and painted the insignia white on the cowl flaps and the front ring. Will do the same with the blues. Also sprayed insignia white around the exhaust exits. This will mean less fiddly masking.




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Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1a Corsair 2 months 1 week ago #129

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The sea blue,intermediate blue and insignia white applied to the area under the cowl flaps.


I also assembled the bomb rack and 500lb bomb and painted the wheel centres today.

Calling it a night as far as bench time goes. Off to research my next build.
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Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1a Corsair 2 months 1 week ago #130

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This looks fantastic......what paints are you using? I have one of these in my stash.....but have not done much research into what colours I should be using..I wish I could build these as fast as I buy them.....

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Planecrazy, I use custom mixes of Tamiya acrylics thinned with Tamiya Lacquer thinners for pretty much all of my airbrush work, except for metallics which I was using Valejo acrylic metallics, but am now moving more back towards the Mr. Metal Color lacquer range.

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Eye's needed a rest last night. Did manage to glue the inner wing section to the fuselage, although the instructions say to fit the engine first. I tested the fit a few times to make sure I could leave the engine off till later. The fit is brilliant, no filler required along wing root.


Also tidied up and reprimed the 500lb bomb after using a minute amount of dissolved putty to fill a small gap on part of the seam.
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Airbrushed bomb with a basecoat of 50/50 Tamiya olive drab & buff and then added steaking with 70/30 of same colours. More weathering to come.



Used Montex Masks product for first time. Adheres well. Just used it on the belly window. Gave perfect edge for the interior green on the inside.

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Lovely spray work going on. Such crisp molding from Tamiya too.

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Liking these Montex masks. Last night I masked up the armoured glass and airbrushed Nato black. Nice crisp lines and easier than having to use Tamiya tape and cut with scalpel.

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Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1a Corsair 2 months 6 days ago #136

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Attempted to mask the yellow rings on the bomb by using the decals as templates, but too fiddly to get in position, so I clear coated the bomb using X-22 (check out that shine!) and used the decals instead. They should look painted on by the time I've finished with them.
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Still following. I underline what I said before, matey... easy to see that you're really enjoying this build.


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I certainly am.

I might get some paint on her this weekend. I'm not applying a primer coat, as I don't want to fill in any of that amazing rivet detail. It's very subtle as it is.

Wing roots need a base coat of Mr. Metal aluminium applied. I will be trying a double chipping technique in this area to reveal metal and zinc chromate underneath the blue. Haven't decided whether I'll use the hairspray or salt masking methods yet. The rest of the upper surfaces will just be showing paint chipped back to the zinc chromate.

Also need to spray the colours around the horizontal stabilisers before I attach them. Because with the elevators in the down position, it will be near impossible to get the demarcation lines looking good in this area if I was to paint them after they're attached.

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Speckling technique used to weather bomb. Faded in a few larger spots by blending with a fine tipped brush
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KitModellerNZ wrote: I might get some paint on her this weekend. Also need to spray the colours around the horizontal stabilisers before I attach them. Because with the elevators in the down position, it will be near impossible to get the demarcation lines looking good in this area if I was to paint them after they're attached.



Yep you're right I did the same thing with my 1:48 Kiwi Corsair a couple of years back.

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That bomb looks so good.
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Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1a Corsair 2 months 3 days ago #142

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Great build so far. Looking forward to seeing more
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Just dropping by to say thanks for the build tips, especially the clear explanations, backed up by photos. Topics like this a are gold dust for people building the kit in the future (myself included).

KitModellerNZ wrote: I certainly am.

I might get some paint on her this weekend. I'm not applying a primer coat, as I don't want to fill in any of that amazing rivet detail. It's very subtle as it is.

Wing roots need a base coat of Mr. Metal aluminium applied. I will be trying a double chipping technique in this area to reveal metal and zinc chromate underneath the blue. Haven't decided whether I'll use the hairspray or salt masking methods yet. The rest of the upper surfaces will just be showing paint chipped back to the zinc chromate.

Also need to spray the colours around the horizontal stabilisers before I attach them. Because with the elevators in the down position, it will be near impossible to get the demarcation lines looking good in this area if I was to paint them after they're attached.

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Airbrushed the blues around the roots of the horizontal stabilisers...


Nek minute... :lol:
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As well as airbrushing the undersides of the flaps, undercarriage doors etc with insignia white, I also airbrushed insignia white where the insignias will be going. Best to do this before masking, otherwise you end up with raised white areas due to more coats being required to cover up the camo underneath.

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Spent a good chunk of this evening researching RNZAF roundel colours and have made a decision on my colour mixes.

Also increased the opacity of the insignia white in the roundel areas to match the undersides more.

Mr Metal Aluminium was airbrushed on the upper inner wings where I will be doing multi-layer chipping. The Mr Metal metallics look fantastic, even without buffing.


Tomorrow night I will give the white and aluminium areas a light coat of clear just to protect them from handling as well as the masking and chipping stages.
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Terry wrote: Just dropping by to say thanks for the build tips, especially the clear explanations, backed up by photos. Topics like this a are gold dust for people building the kit in the future (myself included).


I echo Terry's words the blow by blow technique and clear photos are really really helpful for when i tackle this bad boy,... although ....i'm still to scared.

this post has made it even worse! :-)
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Flying_Kiwi wrote:

Terry wrote: Just dropping by to say thanks for the build tips, especially the clear explanations, backed up by photos. Topics like this a are gold dust for people building the kit in the future (myself included).


I echo Terry's words the blow by blow technique and clear photos are really really helpful for when i tackle this bad boy,... although ....i'm still to scared.

this post has made it even worse! :-)


Yup I have this kit too...So this is all good info! .It is rather intimidating! We might be able to put a squadron together...
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Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1a Corsair 2 months 1 day ago #149

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I'm feeling a little nervous myself. The fuselage insignia are going to be challenging with that yellow band around the roundel, the insignia on the wings not too bad hopefully. Weathering will be challenging too.

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Even though very little of the aluminium will be seen and it won't be shiny when I'm finished with the weathering. I decided to polish it up with a tissue anyway. Comes up amazing (very hard to get a decent photo of it on phone though)


Then I gave these areas a coat of clear to protect them from what's to come.

I also coated the white on the sides of the fuselage and wings with a coat of clear, in prep for the vinyl masks.
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