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#1 John F Smith

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 10:01 PM

Hello all,

 

It’s been a while since I have posted; in fact, it’s been a while since I’ve been building.  But with encouragement from Peter, I decided to post the rest of this build.

 

I’m sure that almost everyone has read all of the glowing reports about this Tamiya kit.  I won’t add much to what we already know except to say that my experience has been the same.  Everything really does fit amazingly well.  It fits so well that in the couple of cases where it didn’t, I ultimately found out that it was my fault.  So be warned when you build this kit.  Dry fit everything and if you find a problem, back step until you find where you went wrong.

 

My only complaint is the it’s a vastly over-engineered kit.  I think we are all used to building cockpits, for example, where we know that not everything, heck, maybe not hardly anything ends up being visible.  But it’s still worth it because it’s fun.  I exceeded my fun factor on this kit when it came to gluing together multiple parts to make the assemblies where the flaps fit into the trailing edge.  But, that’s just me and I’ll get off my soapbox now.

 

In spite of the kit having a beautiful (stunning) engine, I decided to do the Eduard Brassin engine because the visible surface detailing is gorgeous.  But, I’ve waiting till close to the end of the build to get cracking on it.  The photo below shows the engine block and front housing as well as one of the cylinders.  It’s painted gloss black as a prelude to using Alclad Aluminum on the cylinder fins.  

 

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How, you may ask, am I going to mask each of the cylinders?  Well, I got myself some Mr. Mask and some Mr. Mask Neo.  The difference between them is ???, but I’m hoping that they will enable me to mask the cylinder heads in a reasonable period of time.  The engine also has pushrods (scale) and even spark plugs.  I’m going to have to do some careful drilling and fitting.  Photo etch for the engine includes a couple of odds and ends and the wiring harness.  I’m undecided at this point about using the PE wiring harness.  I have some .015 solder which may be closer to a scale look, so I’m going to see what I think and then retreat to the PE, if necessary.

 

There’s not a lot to say about the rest of the photos.  At this point, the fuselage, center wing, outer wings, horizontal stab and elevators, vertical stab and rudder are all done except for final sanding, polishing, and rescribing.  Although not pictured here, the landing gear is complete as well.  Remaining to be done are some final sanding and finishing, primer, paint, decals, and final assembly.  And, oh yes, the engine and cowl assembly.

 

It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I’m hoping you will enjoy the rest of the build with me.

 

John

 

 

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 11:58 PM

Very nice JF. I like the look of the engine, might have to get one for my WIP as well. Looking forward to seeing the rest of it. Have fun.


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Posted 26 September 2016 - 12:30 AM

Hi John

So glad you started your build thread on the Corsair, as it's been a very tough year for you and Jan. Fantastic, neat, clean and precise work on all the major assemblies; as the fit looks flawless. Looking forward to following your build very closely as I have second Corsair waiting it's turn to be built and I'll most likely will follow your lead.

We're in the same camp about over engineering kits, where assemblies and parts will not be seen once the model is completed. Personally I would rather see the energy lavished on visible details or just lower the price. Looking forward to your next update as the Big R2800 comes together. 

Keep 'em coming

Peter :popcorn:


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Posted 26 September 2016 - 01:13 AM

Good to see you back, John! Very nice work so far.

 

Kev


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Posted 26 September 2016 - 01:32 AM

Good to see you back, John! Very nice work so far.

 

Kev

 

Agreed. I like what I see so far.


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Kevin

I was going to procrastinate tonight, but decided to wait.

 

In Progress:

 

 

 

 


#6 John F Smith

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 02:32 PM

Thanks so much Whitey,

Yeah, the Eduard R2800 is a gem, beautiful resin castings. You should definitely consider one for your Corsair. I'm hoping that the masking works for the cylinder heads. Stand by for more word on that.

John
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Posted 26 September 2016 - 02:36 PM

Thanks so much Peter for your kind assessment of my progress.

I'm plugging away at it and the R2800 is calling to me.

Was it your experience that there always is some other little thing to do throughout the whole build? I feel like there's always something I forgot, but that may be age, rather than Tamiya.

John
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Posted 26 September 2016 - 02:38 PM

I very much appreciate the "welcome back, Kev.

It's nice to be back, both here and at the bench.

John
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#9 John F Smith

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 02:42 PM

Thanks, Kevin

I'm trying to put my best effort into this one. Tamiya does make it challenging and easy at the same time; challenging my assembly and painting skills while doing all the super detailing for me

John
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Posted 26 September 2016 - 02:45 PM

Good to see you back in the groove John!   Me, Im not quite there yet............up until this AM, its been quite warm here, and with an abundance of Jeep parts to install before a major trip in the Spring, I have not gotten any bench time in a month or more.

 

This is making me want to break out my Corsair! 


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Posted 26 September 2016 - 10:10 PM

Yes, very nice work indeed.


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 04:11 PM

Thanks, Brian

 

Isn't it inconvenient how life gets in the way of modeling?  Hope you will be able to get back in the groove soon.  Can't wait to watch your Corsair build.  Gonna be a keeper, I'm sure.

 

Good Luck,

John


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 04:12 PM

Hi Ron,

 

I really appreciate you stopping by and having a look.  Thanks for the kind words on my build.

 

John 


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 10:10 PM

John.

So glad I found your thread, at exactly the same stage with my F4U-1A ( 1st LSP)

Stalled a bit on build, need some motivation, looking forward to your next update.....
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Posted 28 September 2016 - 10:14 PM

Hi Phil,

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you found some inspiration here and that you are able to get back to building. It's always fun when several folks are working on the same build.

John
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