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Birdcage Corsair the Hard Way!

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If you replace the entire fuselage, cockpit, wings, engine, canopy, prop, decals & tail with Tamiya's new kit, you'll be onto a winner.

 

Yeah, I'd heard something about Tamiya coming out with a fairly comprehensive upgrade set for this kit... :rolleyes:

 

Kev

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Well now, this should be interesting Kevin. It definitely looks like you have everything you need to "git 'er dun". The Waldron oxygen hose is a rare piece too. Years ago I bought their 1/48 scale oxygen hose and I've yet to use it but when the right project comes along....... I'd spoken with Mr. Waldron about getting more hoses but they had trouble with the manufacturing process and then apparently the fellow that made them for Waldron Model Products passed away so that was the end of that. Are you sure you want to use it on this build? :whistle:

 

Lookin' forward to seeing how you make out with this one Kev. :popcorn:

 

Cheers,

Wolf

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It used to be "If you build it, they will come", a Field of Dreams movie reference used in conjunction with modelers who embark on a project like a vac-form or pig's ear into a sows purse project, using extensive modeling and scratch building skills to create a masterpiece of the modelers art, only to have a major manufacturer release the exact same build as an injection molded model subsequent to the models completion. In this case Tamiya announcing the release of the bird cage Corsair later in the summer. Some spy must have leaked that you were about to embark on such a project and Tamiya was forced to jump the gun. Damn those insidious corporate spies. However, if you don't complete the project, the heat will be off Tamiya to bring it to the level of excellence I imagine your build will turn out to be. Either way, the trailer to Chester Nimitz's query to Bull Halsey about the location of Task Force 54, "the world wonders" seem appropriate.

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Thanks for all your encouragement fellas. Much appreciated! It seems to me the main challenge with this build will likely be fitting the Aires wheel bays. I haven't really looked at them yet, but at this stage I plan to cut them up and reduce their height, rather than trying to thin everything to suit. We'll see if that's actually feasible when we get there. Got a fair bit to do to clear the bench first.

 

Kev

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Cough, Huges racer, cough, cough :D :D :D

 

Yep! Did a little bit of work on the prop over the weekend actually. Ready to put some Alclad on at the next available opportunity. But I'm also keen to get back to my 190S conversion, and finish off my Matchbox Spitfire!

 

Kev

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I just wanted to bump this one back to the surface so you guys can all beat on me about not starting yet. This is the masochist's version of inspiration! With my Hughes racer finished (apart from some scheduled touch-ups and sorting out a vignette) and my Matchbox Spitfire approaching its conclusion, I just need to decide whether I plough into this one or finally get back to my 190S. There's not really room on my bench (or in my brain) for both, and I'm feeling quite conflicted at the moment!

 

Kev

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Well, Kev, I was just thinking that I need to build the last Trumpeter Corsair in the stash since I have all the stuff for it. Once Tamiya does a later one, there's no way I'll want to put myself thru that kit again. I'm not exaggerating when I say that it was the worst modeling experience I've ever had.

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