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  1. Jonathan Kunac-Tabinor is building up and re-working the HobbyBoss F4U-4 kit. One thing he discovered is kit makers have been getting the size of the propeller hub wrong....
  2. Interesting to speculate about.... They did an all-new tool Spitfire I, so the precedent exists. Plus, they now have fully updated tribal knowledge based on the research done on the 32nd scale Corsair project. However, it might also require to write a new round of royalty cheques to Northrop-Grumman Systems, Inc. There's rumours that Eduard is looking into an all new Corsair, but while it would probably be a great kit, it would also likely be over-engineered and fussy to assemble in places, much like the real Corsair was. The F4U, P-47, and P-38 were in
  3. I know i've said it a thousand times, but the model is looking great. 32nd scale may not be your thing, but i strongly suggest you give Tamiya's 32nd scale Corsair a try. It is an all-new, from the ground up effort that has nothing in common with the 48th and 72nd offerings. A lot of the things you'd consider "fiddly" in 48th scale gave been improved and taken care of for you in the 32nd scale kit. At present, i'm on my 3rd. Not trying to sound like a fawning Tamiya fan boy, but i'm happy to go into more detail off board in case you're interested. -d-
  4. Those fuel filler caps look great, as does the outboard flap disconnect plunger.
  5. Sure looks good to me!
  6. The gear struts look very nice. I got burned out trying to rig the brake lines on mine, so that/s where my 48th scale Corsair is roadblocked right now.
  7. Mee Likee! Do you think some toothpaste and a cotton t-shirt might smooth out the canopy framing?
  8. I think that's a safe move, in case of screwups. One place on the F4U which i've never seen anybody do quite right, is the oil leakage that comes out of the cylinder heads and rocker covers right behind the cowl flaps and gives the forward fuselage that darker, oilier colour. The fuel leaks coming out of the fuel filler cap.... i see that depicted all the time. -d-
  9. I like what i am seeing. On the subject of washes, i recently finished a Vickers VC10 in BOAC markings and during the course of the build, i experimented with panel line washes on white. It seems i had the best luck with using a very light gray and then progressively darkening it. Black will NOT work. Dark Gull Grey will NOT work. Neutral Grey will NOT work. The light compass ghost greys start to get into the ball park. The best description i saw of panel line treatments to me is what Roy Sutherland said: if done right, the panel lines should be *almost* invisible from
  10. I think the 1" wide walkway lines, the red fuel filler caps, and the numbers on the ammo boxes go a lot towards making those expanses of upper wing surfaces look more interesting. -d-
  11. well, i DID see exactly what you mentioned in a colour photo.... but it was on a -1D. I still plan to try exactly that on a GSB Corsair build, at some point. However i have 3 F4U-1s Corsairs in various stages of construction on my Shelf of Doom i need to work off first. -d-
  12. Well, having gone back thru my references again, i'm of the opinion that the cap itself was red, with no surrounding circle. I say that because there are fairly good photos of F4U-1 Birdcages with red caps, but as we go into the F4U-1A photos, the subject gets murkier. Some caps are clearly contrasting and visible, but many are a lot less prominent. The guidance from the Tamiya 32nd scale kit says to paint the cap itself XF-7, flat red. Since the 32 scale Tamiya kit represented an entirely original, from the ground up effort with cooperation from Grumman, i'd say Tamiy's paint call
  13. I learned this very late in the game, but looking at photos, it appears that the cap itself was Navy non spec blue, with a red ring around the filler cap. I would achieve this by simply masking and spraying the red, with the cap removed, and then simply insert the cap after the red was applied. Its not a particularly huge ring but its enough to see. Discovered it by accident from a colour photo taken from the forward fuselage looking aft towards the windscreen. It was an F4U-1D but see no reason why it would not be the same on an F4U-1A. Let me consult the 32 scale Tamiya F4U-1A in
  14. I likez what i am seeing, Carlos 🙂 At this level of the game, there's a lot of going back and fixing things you see wrong, since you can't "Un-See" them... -d-
  15. Canopy looks much better now!!
  16. Hey did the lower edges of the canopy clean up okay? It's a frustrating aspect of working with vacform canopies...
  17. At the risk of not giving credit where credit is due, the locking details on the inside of the canopy look fantastic!
  18. Um, you eliminate the problem with depth issues by drilling completely thru the upper wing skin. You let the rod "bottom out" where it hits the inside of the lower wing skin, and then you just start filing down the bottom end until you're happy with the height. I use lengths of plastic rod (which i make WAY over length to make the easier to manipulate and paint) the same diameter as the fuel cap, so setting the actual diameter wasn't an issue. It's shown in the photo i posted above.
  19. Did not know HGW decals even existed, to be honest.
  20. First off, there are three fuel filler caps; the first one is located in front of the windscreen on the centerline, within the larger round access panel with fasteners around the periphery; that is the main gas tank. Each fuel cap was a "twist off" and had a narrow tab across it that was aligned with the airflow direction when it was scewed down. The F4U-1 and -1As had 63-gallon fuel tanks in the leading edges of the outboard wing segments. They are represented by the recessed circles near the location of the upper wing insignias. On the underside of the wing, there are short, stub
  21. I think the colour you went with looks great. Not sure if you would want to do this but, the fuel filller caps had a red circular ring around the periphery., Also while not visible in the above photos, the red outboard flap disconnect "Plunger" was red. You could make that with a very small diameter plastic rod with the tip painted red. Would make for some nice contrast against the blue. You could also go crazy by mixing up the ammo can installation on the left wing, but its probably too late in the game for that.
  22. Because there are so few good colour photographs of Corsairs in the combat theatre, its not easy. Unless you're going for a very heavily weathered plane, i'd say that as long as the insignia blue is darker than the surrounding non spec sea blue, you're in a good starting position. Tamiya used a blue that was so dark, it was almost black... certainly a shade of ultramarine.
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