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Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1A Corsair

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Looking very nice indeed......I must build mine too.....keep putting it off as it looks so nice in the box...

 

tracking your progress...engine n cockpit looks good

 

rgds

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Robert, that looks great! I'm a couple of steps behind you, on my Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1D. I will be interested to see how you get on... I've found this to be one of the best engineered kits I've ever built!

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Well I put a good solid day in today and got a good chunk of the build complete. 

 

I’m happy with some of the progress but my rookie skills are starting to get exposed. I really struggled getting the engine and cowling on the fuselage. As you can see by the photos, I didn’t get it on even. I’m not sure how I can fix this at this stage..

 

The wings are now on and I glued the outers pretty tight to the inners- not sure if I was supposed to leave more of a gap where they fold?

 

Well soon there will be paint covering some of these mistakes and hopefully that will help. All in all I’m enjoying the build and I’m looking forward to painting. 

 

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I got some painting done, here’s the scheme I’ve come up with so far. I’m not sure if I’m satisfied yet, there has been a lot of trial and error. Would love some feedback-thanks. 

 

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I got some more painting done, all in all I guess I'm somewhat satisfied with the progress. I'm disappointed with a few things on the build so far, most are due to my rookie skills. The front engine/cowling piece is not on correctly. That was purely my fault and I don't know how to correct it at this point. Next, I put the flaps down but wish I had left them up as I prefer the look. Again, I'm not sure if I have the skill to make the change at this point-I'd most likely end up making a big mess of things.

 

And last, I had a horrible time with some decals shattering into a million pieces. This may be due to older decals or perhaps I didn't let them sit in water long enough. I had to make a last minute change to the Big Hog Navy scheme despite having built a Marine F4U-1A. Those familiar with the aircraft know that there are some small differences. Oh well, close enough for this newbie.

 

Here's where I'm at now, thanks again for following along and the encouraging comments.

 

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Looking very good!  

 

If you like the Corsair and want a pair of great books on them, and as Corsair fan, I learned a lot of interesting little tidbits, that you won't find in books like Tillman's Corsair book, or the Squadron Signal books. 

 

F4U-1 Corsair Volume 1 & 2, by Dana Bell, I got my with gift cards on Amazon, one was a sell-through from Spruebrothers! 

 

Filled with beautiful detail photos and some rare color shots. 

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