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  1. I haven't checked in here for a long while but something told me I should swing by and now I know why... Enhorabuena, Carlos!! UNREAL finish on your F4U, just superlative in every way, all that pain and hard work really did pay off in the end! Easily one of the best Corsair replicas I have ever seen, you are a master modeler and I can't wait to see what you tackle next, congrats again on crossing the finish line at long last. - Thomaz
  2. Hola, Carlos I haven't checked out your build in a very long while, looks like I missed out on a LOT. As expected, your paintwork is as meticulous as your scratch building, what a tour de force of awesomeness, in every regard. Enhorabuena! Let me know if you need more refs or help with anything F4U-related, this is easily one of the best Corsair builds of all time and I can't wait to see what comes next. Here's a period color photo from Vella Lavella, VMF-214 "Black Sheep", December 1943. Note the star-and-bars have two-toned blue surrounds, this is because
  3. Carlos, you are the Grand Poobah of Evergreen! I'll second Steve's emotion, very inspirational work, can't wait to see more. Here's a pic of a Browning M2 .50 cal in action, you can see the spent shell casing is being ejected from the bottom, while the belt links are ejected from the opposite side where the belt is being fed (fun fact: M2's can be configured to be fed from either side, although the US Armed Forces has standardized left-hand feeds on their .50's).
  4. You are more than welcome, Carlos! Re: the stall strip on land-based Corsairs, it was factory installed starting with the F4U-1A (which I believe is the plane you're modeling) and included in all subsequent variants throughout the course of its production run. The strips were also retrofitted in the field to older birds that were still in combat operations. If you look closely, you'll notice the stall strip on Marine and RNZAF land-based Corsairs, including -1D's. Here's a few examples. And in this last one you can just make out the stall strip at the f
  5. Here's some photos of the shell ejector chutes, not much going on so if you're not going to open up the gun bays (sans .50 cals) you can just box in each chute individually and call it a day. Hope that helps!
  6. Only one of the windows (starboard wing) was for the gun camera, the port wing window housed the approach light, a contraption used to this day to help pilots and LSO's get their birds back on a carrier deck safe and sound. You can read more about the approach light at the link below, article includes a photo of said light inside its housing. https://www.heraldnet.com/life/wing-windows-serve-crucial-functions-on-corsair-fighter-plane/ Here's some more info re: both the gun camera and the approach light, including photos and blueprints: https://www.tapatalk.c
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