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    Radio control scale modelling and flying, computers, VR and this fine hobby!

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  1. Eenyweeny

    Tamiya F4u-1D Corsair build

    Out2gtcha, thanks for the tip and the kind words. These belts were actually unpainted so the annealing process wouldn't have harmed them! Is it just a case of heat them and allow to cool, or heat them and quench?
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    Tamiya F4u-1D Corsair build

    Hawkwrench, the engineering is incredible, really well though out. Plus the instruction manual is accurate and easy to follow. This is my progress to date: An utter joy to assemble and paint, the tiny decals from barracuda were quite fiddly, but well worth the trouble. They really bring the cockpit to life! I really like the seatbelts as well, however I found it incredibly difficult to bend them convincingly. Any comments, criticism good or bed are welcomed thanks.
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    Tamiya F4u-1D Corsair build

    After the disaster of the Trumpter F4u-1D build and the ridiculous wing arrangement, I've decided to jump straight back on the horse and build another Corsair... this time Tamiya's offering. First impressions were that it's not much different to the Trumpter offering... Right up to the point where I found the decals and instruction manual AND full colour reference photo book. I was sceptical before buying the Tamiya, due to the fairly substantial hike in price, but I think that Tamiya can utterly justify their price. The quality of moldings and lack of flashing and release pin marks is unbelievable. The level of detail of the cockpit alone is the best I've ever seen. I apologise in advance to using John1's build as inspiration, If mine ends up 1/10 as well as his did, I will be a very happy man! I have purchased the cockpit decal set and resin wheels from Baracudu and the cowl kit from Vector to enhance this build, but other than that I will be doing no scratch building, just enjoying the build. I will post pictures of progress to follow. Thanks for looking and I welcome any tips or critism, good or bad.
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    2nd build in 30 years... Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D

    Apologies for the lack of updates. I had very nearly finished the model, ll the decals had been applied and painting complete. I was in the process of connecting the wings to the hinges, which I left to dry in the flight position before folding up... Disaster, the hinge on the left wing wouldn't go past 90 degrees, so I carefully manipulated it and then SNAP... Those hinges are utterly hopeless. I was so angry that the model very nearly flew for real! I can see no way of easily repairing the hinge and am so annoyed that I've had to put the model away until I can safely come back to it! I have decided to tackle a Tamiya Spitfire XVi 1/32 next and hopefully that will come out a little better... I will post work in progress in case anyone is interested...
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    2nd build in 30 years... Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D

    I have a question regarding decals. Do I need to use a softening solution or can I just apply them using water? Any tips, greatly welcomed.
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    2nd build in 30 years... Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D

    This time sprayed a closer colour. This is slightly darker than the Tamiya colour AS8, however, it looks fine to me and much better than the previous attempt. Annoyingly the cockpit has a scratch running down the front pane. It was like that when I removed it from the protective bag and despite dipping it in Johnson's floor gloss (future), no improvement. Starting to look like a corsair now, sat on it's own wheels! Nearly there! Just need to decide on the decals and weapons load out now. HVAR's will definitely be going on her, but I can't decide between drop tanks or bombs!
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    2nd build in 30 years... Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D

    Thanks again for the kind comments. Gerhard, wise words indeed. I'll add some more photos when this current coat of the correct blue has dried. As it turns out, Model Masters do a colour called Dark Sea Blue, which is exactly the right colour and saves making a mess mixing paints. I am discovering the drawback of air brushing. My surface preparation isn't good enough. I can see tiny scratches from sanding, which means that 320 grit is too coarse? Which grade of sand paper should I be finishing with? 1000 grit? Also dust... I cleaned the model down with a paper towel moistened with thinner, but I can't do that once the first coats gone on, so what should I use after that? I'm sure I'm being too over critical! but any tips would be greatly received! Thanks for looking
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    2nd build in 30 years... Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D

    So... mixed results with my first time spraying something large with my airbrush! 1. The colour isn't right... I mixed 3 tamiya acrylics as researched somewhere, but I'm not happy with the colour, it's too green and not dark enough... that I can fix! 2. the line running along the top of the fuselage from the cockpit to the engine, I thought was a panel line... clearly not! I can fix that too! 3. I forgot to glue on the front of the windscreen... again, I can fix it... Positives were the paint finish! I guess that called learning!
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    2nd build in 30 years... Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D

    I've ordered some make up sponges and another close cell type sponge that's cheaper, that I can experiment with. Thanks for the heads up!
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    2nd build in 30 years... Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D

    Definitely chilly at the moment, its -13C outside.... I've never seen it that cold outside, living in England until last May!!!
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    2nd build in 30 years... Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D

    I need a better camera... the Iphone doesn't work in my lighting conditions! Middle wing is complete, oil coolers fitted and an attempt made to use cunning painting to make them look a little more real. I painted both coolers black, then highlighted the fins with silver, to make them appear slimmer. The rest of the oil cooler assemble was painted the main navy blue colour, then the detail picked out in matt black. Looks better in real life and far closer to reality than trumpeters suggestion of painting them matt white!. I then filled around them with Tamiya putty, watered down. Then fixed the middle wing to the fuselage. Very pleasantly surprised at how little filling and sanding required at the joints. Question... How on earth do I mask the cockpit, oil coolers, wheel wells... I can't figure out how to mask something that opens into the structure, any help hugely appreciated!
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    2nd build in 30 years... Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D

    BlackCanopy, for this build, I think that's a step too far! For my next build... the sky's the limit! I have a rather beautiful Tamiya 1/32 F4u-1D, which I have been drooling over for some time. It's truly a step up from the Trumpeter kit in terms of detail, including seat belts etc, I'm sure for most f you, with the skills I've seen, you wouldn't need the Tamiya and could do the same level of detail with this kit! My problem is lack of materials, as I'm only temporarily located in Canada, for the next 2 years. I left all my serious modelling gear (including several lovely 7' wing span flying R/C warbirds) in my loft in the UK. I'm slowly gathering a stash of new materials. So I'm going to do the best I can with this kit and then really go to town with the Tamiya!
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    2nd build in 30 years... Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D

    I gave the wheel wells a coat of interior yellow and will be giving them a heavy wash to highlight the minor detail. Disappointingly I have noticed the worlds supply of tooling marks in one of the wells... none at all in the other! I'm not planning to fix these as they will be underneath the plane and not likely seen. Just need to fit the oil coolers, then I can mate the wing with the fuselage. Thanks for looking!
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    2nd build in 30 years... Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D

    Further progress on the main wing and folding mechanism... Finally achieved a decent fit, with the unbelievably fiddly PE hinges... That's as good as it's going to get and I have no further patience to try to improve them! The instructions called for all of the end of the wing to be painted the main colour... however, that didn't appear to completely reflect reality and looked a bit boring and fake, this is my attempt to liven things up!
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    2nd build in 30 years... Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D

    Thanks for the kind words and encouragement! I will post a progress update in a couple of hours.
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