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While I'm messing about trying to finish my 109e-3 thought I'd post my build of Tamiya's gorgeous Corsair F4U-1A I did a while back (I know, another one! But it's such a beautiful kit). The subject is Greg "Pappy" Boyington's 833 from the famous Black Sheep squadron VMF-214 based on Vella Lavella in late 1943. The kit was a pleasure to build with excellent engineering from Tamiya and plenty of detail to play with.

 

As such, aftermarket was kept to a minimum only using Barracuda cockpit stencils and placards and Montex canopy and insignia masks. I scratchbuilt some additional engine detail, the cowl flap pulley system, and wheel well plumbing. Scratchbuilding the cowl flap pulley system in particular sent me a bit nuts and, given my time again, would probably just stump up for the Vector replacement set.

 

Paint was mainly Gunze and Tamiya acrylics, weathering with hairspray chipping, salt fading, and oils.

 

Cheers, Kirby

 

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Oh my word, that is stunning!

One of (if not the best) paintjobs I have seen on a Corsair...amazing!  I cant stop looking at it.  I hope my RNZAF Corsair comes out half as good as this!

 

Just beautiful, thanks for sharing this with us

 

Cheers Anthony

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That's awesome! Love the faded fabric on the wings and tail and overall South Pacific wear and tear! That engine looks ready to crank!

I met Pappy at the Reno Air Races in the late 70's. Got an autographed picture of his Corsair...still have it framed on the wall!

Great job! 

 

Cheers...Ron

 

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On 5/30/2020 at 10:47 AM, Martinnfb said:

Fantastic weathering , exactly the way I would imagine this plane to look like, very tasteful as well. Hats off to your skills Sir.

Cheers

Martin

 

On 5/30/2020 at 11:07 AM, D.B. Andrus said:

+1

 

22 hours ago, Anthony in NZ said:

Oh my word, that is stunning!

One of (if not the best) paintjobs I have seen on a Corsair...amazing!  I cant stop looking at it.  I hope my RNZAF Corsair comes out half as good as this!

 

Just beautiful, thanks for sharing this with us

 

Cheers Anthony

 

Thanks very much Martin, Damian, and Anthony! I really wanted to get that weatherbeaten look the land-based Corsairs in the South Pacific had. It was a bit of a leap of faith with my weathering skills but I'm happy with how it turned out!

 

On 5/30/2020 at 12:04 PM, Troy Molitor said:

Wow.  What an awesome looking Corsair.  I had the good fortune to meet Boyington in my early 20’s at Oshkosh.   

 

15 hours ago, aircommando130 said:

That's awesome! Love the faded fabric on the wings and tail and overall South Pacific wear and tear! That engine looks ready to crank!

I met Pappy at the Reno Air Races in the late 70's. Got an autographed picture of his Corsair...still have it framed on the wall!

Great job! 

 

Cheers...Ron

 

 

That's awesome Troy and Ron! Did the man match the legend?!

 

On 5/31/2020 at 3:00 AM, Rod Bettencourt said:

Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

 

Rod

 

On 5/31/2020 at 10:15 AM, Kagemusha said:

Superb rendition Kirby, I'm sure the great man would have been happy. 

 

On 5/31/2020 at 3:35 PM, MikeMaben said:

That's some fine work  :clap2::thumbsup::bow:

 

23 hours ago, Lothar said:

Stellar build, I just like everything about it, the paintjob, the finish, the weathering etc., etc., 

Congratulations, I raise my hat :thumbsup::thumbsup:

Lothar

 

Thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate the kind comments!

 

23 hours ago, dodgem37 said:

I echo everyone's sentiments.  This is a GREAT! piece.

 

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Those copper wires are killer!

 

Thanks for sharing.

Sincerely,

Mark

 

Thanks Mark, appreciate it! The copper wire conveniently matched the colour of the ignition wire conduits on the reference I was working from. Just needed to flat coat them afterwards (although still a bit shiny under the photographic light). The small drainage pipe from the crank case to the sump was a PITA!

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Kirby,

 

Put down that hammer - you nailed it!    Beautiful work.

 

Cheers,

 

Wayne

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