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Hi All! Update time!

Kinda all over the place on this one... LOL

The chin scoops on the cowl needed a lil bit of filler but wasn't bad an looked good after primer



The cowl flaps are way thick, so i thinned them out a bit to look a bit more realistic, The upper right in pic has been thinned. you can so tell the difference


All thinned and looking better


Started work on the motor




Now the Prop shaft was a bit of a head scratcher! From what I could tell, There wasn't a means of keeping the shaft from coming out after the prop was installed. There was an aft stop, but not a front stop other than the nose of the engine. That would allow the prop to be pulled out a good 1/4 inch plus. So I scrounged a prop grommet from a Tamiya P-47 kit and just slid it over the shaft, then placed the shaft against the rear of the motor and slid the nose piece down into place. This pushed the grommet down and stopped right where it needed to be.


Then using styrene filler... I globbed a bit on the rear of the grommet to keep it in place.


Finished the IP, Flat coated , then future for the inst glass. Just realized i didn't take a pic of the pit with this installed! Sorry just got carried away! lol


Built up the tail strut assy.


I notched out the tail strut mounts in the fuselage so I can get the thing in after paint during final assy. I wanted to ensure I had some fuselage structure to bond it too instead of just cutting the pins off the strut and relying on superglue to do the job.


Glued in the Tail hook support assy.


And buttoned the fuselage up. Not too bad of a fit. Will require some seam work but not too terrible and no worse than a HAS kit.


Finished up the Motor. Painted w Mr Metal Color Dark Iron and Buffed. I did not build and install the Accessory gearbox that mounts to the aft of the motor. Although it looks pretty cool, It will never be seen and if installed, Requires the motor to be installed before you glue the fuselage together... My goal is to leave the motor out thru the painting stage and install during final assy. This will make masking easier of the cowling. Fingers crossed! LOL


The motor really needs spark plug wires, but my eyes just cant handle it! Even with augmentation using magnifying glasses.... Just too much for me. But the engine does look good without!


cowling test fit looks good!



Cowl flaps look heaps better!


That's it for now!

We are hunkered down for a Typhoon, So I may get this thing close to done this weekend!

Thanks for looking!

Dave

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Major progress and its all looking prime! I was looking over the similarities and differences between  our kits. the 5 has some great changes. I got my kit at a local hobby shop for $10 and that is how I made the choice of which Corsair Kit I wanted! Anxious to see more!
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Major progress and its all looking prime! I was looking over the similarities and differences between  our kits. the 5 has some great changes. I got my kit at a local hobby shop for $10 and that is how I made the choice of which Corsair Kit I wanted! Anxious to see more!


Wow! $10 !!! That's a steal and a no brainer there! That was a great find!

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One more quick update......

Well, What was turning into a pretty cool build with a new tool Corsair, things have turned to the worse! Was moving on to the wings and I noticed a HUGE error on HobbyBoss's part... The -5 onward, Had all metal wings... No more fabric on the outer wings.... Well, looks like they just are using the same mold for the -4's! Bummer! Also the rudder shouldn't have as pronounced troughs.

So out comes the Mr Surfacer 500. In Hindsight I probably should have used Milliput, But it is what it is


So since I was making a mess, I noticed as well that the rudder trim tab actuator is different on the -5's. Its mounted on the Right side of the stab and attaches to the tab on the lower edge. So I used a chisel to cut it off and with luck re-position on the right side.


Next I finished up the Motor... Painted up and installed the exhausts... This is a pretty sweet feature!
Painted with Alclad Exhaust manifold and mixed in 2 drops of Mr Color Hull Red to give it a rusty texture. Pic doesn't really do it justice, but it turned out well. But the true test will be how it looks against the Sea Blue Paint later on..



Next I worked the Fuselage seams... Fairly happy with them, Just need to tidy up a couple panel lines and rivets.



And lastly for the night, I worked the horizontal stabs.... Nice having the elevators separate. I trimmed back the locating tabs so that they could be drooped... Easy but effective mod. Turned out nice!




Well that's it for now! More tomorrow.... The wind is starting to kick up a bit. Typhoon 16W (Goni)
is getting closer. And in the last 12 or so hours, The Eye's CPA (Closest Point Of Approach) to Kadena has gone from 90ish nautical miles to 76! So the track is inching its way closer and closer! Hope it hits us head on! I want more bench time!!! LOL

Thanks for looking!

Dave

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Wow, that looks like some major surgery / sanding. Nice attention to detail!
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A lot of progress been made since I last checked in Dave !

Looking really good mate (love how the motor is looking)

Batten down the hatches and keep safe though the storm mate

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Wow, that looks like some major surgery / sanding. Nice attention to detail!


Thanks Much Fabian!

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A lot of progress been made since I last checked in Dave ! Looking really good mate (love how the motor is looking) Batten down the hatches and keep safe though the storm mate Pete


Thanks Pete... Yea the storm is upon us now....

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Hi All! Update Time! We're locked down so nuthin' to do but sit at the bench! LOL

Mounted some aligning tabs using plasicard to the Fuselage/Center wing section joints....



While the tabs were drying I decided to work the cooler scoops.... The mesh detail on the parts were very faint and these are kinda pronounced on the real deal. So I broke out the modeling mesh and had a go at sprucing them up.




Found this super thin CA here and WOW! It is thin! Used a nozzle applicator and the glue sucked right under the mesh and bonded great!



Looks pretty good!


Then test fitted the center wing to the fuselage.... Think this will glue down nicely!








Glued on the Horizontals! Great fit! Alignment seems to me to be OK!




Well that's all for now

Thanks for looking!

Dave

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Looking Awesome,[cool][thumb] that mesh was a good idea!!
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Thanks Neil! Yea It looks pretty cool.... Maybe not to scale, but makes it look tons better!

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WOW--looking really GREAT! I left the fabric as is and would have been totally chicken to fill all that in regardless. I thought that the fabric was correct when I read this: ".... Due to the higher horsepower, the fuselage was lengthened by 5 inches (127 mm) and the engine angled down about 2º to provide more stability. Until the dash 5, the outer top wing panels and the control surfaces of the Corsair had been fabric covered. At speed, the fabric tended to deform and slow the aircraft by a few miles per hour. The F4U-5 had all fabric surfaces replaced with sheet duralumin to minimize this problem...."
That excerpt is from this article:

http://www.aviation-history.com/vought/f4u.html

which of course I thought was correct--after all, its on the internet so it has to be right??

the photography from all that work is really well done. I don't have a perfect fit where the rear part of the center wing section joins with the rest of the fuselage. I've got to work on that [note to self]. I've got some metal mesh but its more like the non-slip surface than an intake mesh. Have to look at getting some of that mesh product--thanks for providing and image of that.

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WOW--looking really GREAT! I left the fabric as is and would have been totally chicken to fill all that in regardless. I thought that the fabric was correct when I read this: ".... Due to the higher horsepower, the fuselage was lengthened by 5 inches (127 mm) and the engine angled down about 2º to provide more stability. Until the dash 5, the outer top wing panels and the control surfaces of the Corsair had been fabric covered. At speed, the fabric tended to deform and slow the aircraft by a few miles per hour. The F4U-5 had all fabric surfaces replaced with sheet duralumin to minimize this problem...."
That excerpt is from this article:

http://www.aviation-history.com/vought/f4u.html

which of course I thought was correct--after all, its on the internet so it has to be right??

the photography from all that work is really well done. I don't have a perfect fit where the rear part of the center wing section joins with the rest of the fuselage. I've got to work on that [note to self]. I've got some metal mesh but its more like the non-slip surface than an intake mesh. Have to look at getting some of that mesh product--thanks for providing and image of that.



Thanks Ted!

Yea ur good. Ur doing a -4. They still had the fabric.....

Dave

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Dave,

I got myself confused! I thought you had a -4 also. I swear I am having some serious brain farts lately. sorry for wasting space in your WIP. I need to read things several times before commenting.

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LOL No Prob Ted It's all good..... No such thing as wasted thread space Bro....

Work has been sloooowwww on the -5. That wing panel issue really took the wind outa my sails! But its all sorted now..... Pics later!

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