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F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair White 15 Capt. James Cupp

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Here is my recently completed Tamiya F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair in the markings of the 2nd Daphne C flown by Capt. James Cupp, BuNo 03829, White 15.

Excellent kit, everything just 'clicks' together & the detail is amazing.

Aftermarket used;

Barracuda cockpit placards, main wheels, early engine upgrade & 'Daphne C' decal.

Eduard Cowling & fabric seat belts.

HGW wet transfer placard decals.

Maketar masks for the national insignia & white 15.

Yahu instrument panel.

True Details US parachute.

Changes/additions made; eliminated the balance tabs on the ailerons, they were not installed on the Birdcage Corsairs. Added extra wiring, ducts, oxygen hose, added detail to the seat mount in the cockpit and added canopy lock handles. Added spark plugs, wiring & oil lines to the engine. Added cowl flaps cable to the Eduard cowling flaps. Added plumbing to the landing gear wells. Added machine gun barrels to the wings, odd that Tamiya doesn't include those. Added antenna, spring & insulators.

Painted using MRP for the lower & Xtracolor for the upper color. Preshaded slightly, used panel line wash & pastels for weathering/post shading.

I don't own a camera, so just have cell phone photos, some with flash & some without. Flash tends to wash out the colors. Haven't seen the sun here in days, so outside photos are not an option.

 

Thanks for looking & all comments welcome.

Larry

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OHHHF! Thanks nice!

 

I like the chute too, its a nice touch. I like that look, as its the same thing I did with my 190. Cheers on an outstanding model!

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I love the finish - subtle weathering looks great. 

 

Did you paint the scallop glass behind the pilot?

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1 hour ago, tomg said:

I love the finish - subtle weathering looks great. 

 

Did you paint the scallop glass behind the pilot?

Tom,

Yes, on this bird the glass was removed & replaced with aluminum sheet.

 

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Man, that is a beautiful Birdcage Corsair! Museum quality! So many talented builders here, so many Corsair lovers!

 

Anyway, that parachute really looks cool too!

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17 hours ago, aircare84 said:

Tom,

Yes, on this bird the glass was removed & replaced with aluminum sheet.

 

 

Thanks, great detail, authentic, well research and expertly executed!

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I agree with everyone else.   That's a lovely model and the parachute just adds to it in a really nice and effective way.   BTW, did you tweak the True Details parachute with etch or is that the way it came?

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