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1/48 Hobby Boss F4U-4 Corsair.

Paints used, Vallejo Air range, Mr Metal, Mr Hobby.

Weathering products, Mig Ammo Pacific Fighters range, Flory models wash and pigments.

After-market items, Eduard photo-etch pack no. 48347, Eduard canopy mask, Microscale decal’s stencils, DKDecals Pacific Fighters national insignia pack, Albatross decals, Arma Hobby resin wheels, Mig Ammo rigging antenna wire.

For the most part this was a satisfying build, though I did have fit issues, and the instructions were rather vague in places.  I was after recreating the aircraft in the background, a shot take on Okinawa in April, 1945, and as I said in the build, I didn’t have an 8 in my decal bank!  I wanted to convey the dirty, dusty, hostile environment, this aircraft endured, and so hit the model hard with the weathering.  I hope I achieved this look.

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And so my Hellcat is no longer alone in my display cabinet, and in so doing, without actually planning it, I completed what was known as the ‘Gruesome Twosome!’    

 

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Wow, I LOVE the corsair and your work here is excellent. I do like the weathering and the engine revealed. Recently I ran into a gentlemen who flew corsairs in WWII off of a carrier.
He was great to talk to and confirmed most of the history I had read about the corsair. I did not finish the Hobby Boss kit of this airplane that I had. I do have a nice Tamiya in my stash.
The Hobby Boss has the machine guns with ammo belts, etc. The Tamiya has a better cockpit IMHO. Both are good kits.

BTW--lots of nice photos, much appreciated!

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Wow, I LOVE the corsair and your work here is excellent. I do like the weathering and the engine revealed. Recently I ran into a gentlemen who flew corsairs in WWII off of a carrier.
He was great to talk to and confirmed most of the history I had read about the corsair. I did not finish the Hobby Boss kit of this airplane that I had. I do have a nice Tamiya in my stash.
The Hobby Boss has the machine guns with ammo belts, etc. The Tamiya has a better cockpit IMHO. Both are good kits.

BTW--lots of nice photos, much appreciated!


Thanks for the kind words, Ted, and I'm super-glad you enjoyed the pictures!

Many years ago I lived next door to an old chap who used to be a flight mechanic in the Fleet Air Arm during the war, and he told me about his time working on the Royal Navy's carrier fighters.  He joined up as a fitter and underwent his basic training, and anyone who passed within the top couple of percent in their class got the right to chose what aircraft to specialise on.  He was one of those so chosen, and he said the Spitfire advanced mechanical training was in Scotland.  Scotland was cold, wet, and like the rest of the country was suffering from rationing.  The other option was the Wildcat, the training for which was in the USA.  I'll give you one guess which one he chose!
He still had the engine manuals for the Wright engines,and showed them to me.  They were in as-new condition, together with some of their promotional stuff, and looked for all the world exactly like a modern day automotive manual.  Any aircraft museum would give an arm and a leg for them!
I often wonder what happened to him, and those manuals.

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What a great contact! When you have the chance to talk with someone with first hand knowledge it makes working on these kits more enjoyable. I hope that fellow didn’t pass away and some family member threw those manuals out in the trash!!! Shudder the thought.....
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