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"Tojo Eats S***!" - 1/32 Tamiya F4U-1 Corsair

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My next build is ready to go! After playing around with jets for some months, it's time to get back to form with a proper piston-driven prop.

 

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I was one of the few that wasn't disappointed when Tamiya launched their Corsair line with the Birdcage, and not an F4U-1A or -1D. Probably because I'd already found an exact birdcage I wanted to do in 1/48...so here was a chance to do it bigger!

 

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This is "Tojo Eats S***!" from VMF-222. A very weather-beaten Corsair indeed, except for the new-looking prop. Note the mismatched tires, the lack of the usual sealing tape ahead of the windscreen, the non-standard insignia, and the dark blue on the leading edges of the wings (vs. the blue gray/light gray for the rest). This will be a fun one to build...and weather.

 

I've got a little bit of aftermarket to throw at this one.

 

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- Barracudacals decals + cockpit stencils

- Barracudacals wheels (two sets to match the mismatched wheels)

- Radu's microtextile harness + canopy mask

 

Looking to get started very soon.

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Great subject, I alway wondered about this bent wing. Painting and weathering looks like a lot of fun. :piliot:

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Also notice the cowl flaps do not extend around the top of the cowl.

 

Not sure about this, but I think the flaps don`t go all around the cowling.

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This is a really outstanding kit and makes for a very enjoyable build. I look forward to following along. :)

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Not sure about this, but I think the flaps don`t go all around the cowling.

 

They don't. There's a spot right up top about two flaps wide where there aren't any.

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Nice choice.  I'm debating about this one, as well--but I'll need an extra set of tires to do the mismatch!

 

Cheers,

 

Tim W.

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Matt

Looking forward to following your build and enjoying your progress as you go.

Peter

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Almost wrapped up with the cockpit. I'd say it's about 90% there. Still have to deal with the gunsight and two levers, and I'm contemplating adding some pigments or maybe a "dust" wash, since you just know sand and crushed coral had to find its way inside.

 

A few notes:

 

  • The cockpit is painted in Tamiya XF-26 Deep Green (a good stand-in for Dark Dull Green) and Vallejo black, with a few other Vallejo and Tamiya paints for the detail work. 
  • The green got a wash of Vallejo Olive Green. Which honestly darkened it a lot more than I'd been expecting. Considering all the debates between DDG and black, I'm in firm FICE mode on that one.
  • Drybrushing was done with MM Enamel Dunkelgrau.
  • Cockpit stencils are from the Barracuda stencil set. Overall rather nice but very fiddly. It was also disappointing that most of the IP stencils were actually too big to fit.
  • Seatbelts are RB textile belts. Also very nice. 
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Also decided to go ahead and paint the fuselage area that will be covered by the port glass. I snagged this bottle of Scalefinishes Blue Gray back when the Corsair came out, out of frustration at basically every other Blue Gray. I've been crazy curious how well this stuff sprays.
 
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In a word - AMAZING. You can see the results here on the fuselage test-fit.
 
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