I hadn't intended starting this kit for some time, as I've yet to technically start my Trumpeter "challenge build" conversion - which I still fully intend to tackle, and hope to start shortly. But after doing my review, I was so impressed with the Tamiya kit that I couldn't resist the idea of building both kits in tandem. I figure I can leverage what's in the Tamiya box as reference for the Trumpeter kit, and it'll be interesting to see them side-by-side. I tried this once with Tamiya and Revell Zero kits, and it didn't really work out, as the Tamiya kit streaked ahead. I'm hoping I can keep these two a little more in sync, and will probably focus more on the Trumpeter build than this one.
Anyway, here's an obligatory box-and-contents photo to kick things off:
Oh, I briefly toyed with the idea of interleaving this build in the with the existing thread for the Trumpeter build, but decided against it in the end, mainly because I figure I owe due respect to my anonymous benefactor not to dilute the focus of the "challenge build". I'll try to post comparison photos in that thread where they seem relevant or interesting though.
OK, so no actual modelling as usual, but once I've cleared the Aerotech Speed Spitfire off the bench, I should be able to crack on with both Corsair builds.