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F4U-1A Corsair

by H. Ufuk Aydiner


Chance-Vought F4U-1A Corsair


Tamiya's 1/48 scale F4U-1A Corsair is available online from Squadron.com




Here is Tamiya's 1/48 scale F4U-1A Corsair built straight from the box in around 9 hours.

3 hours was basic construction and the rest was painting and weathering.



Painting and weathering followed the following steps:

  1. interior green airbrushed on the cocpit parts, then freehand airbrushed black areas..( incl. tires, engine and prop)

  2. drybrushed silver on front panel, then weathered all interior parts.

  3. assembly of fuselage then wings using tamiya fine cement overall sanding.. no need to putty.

  4. 5- masking canopy with BareMetal. and glued to its place this five steps took only 3 hours

  5. airbrushed all plane incl landing struts with tamiya enamel flat aluminium

  6. masked some areas with rubber eraser

  7. airbrushed all plane with interior green ( pactra )

  8. masked few more areas with same material



  1. airbrushed all plane with aeromaster navy blue

  2. removing rubber masks

  3. sanding all plane with grid 1200 sandpaper.. this shows metal surface under paints

  4. airbrushed all white markings

  5. coated with X-22 then kill markings ( only decal Ive used)

  6. again another coat of X-22

  7. oil washed

  8. overall mate cote ( with high pressure testors' matt varnish thinned 60/40 gives dusty look)

  9. applying gunze smoke ( low pressure 50/50 to panels, high pressure 30(smoke)/70 at upper fuselage for fuel leaks)

  10. airbrushed floquil dust at underside

  11. paint brushed dirt and mud from floquil to wheels and underside of drop tanks

  12. paint brushed rust from floquil again at underside of cowling

  13. painting details ( lamps etc)

  14. chipping touch ups with tamiya silver

  15. removing canopy masks the gluing canopy to open position

  16. gluing landing gears and doors to its places

  17. made antenna wire from fishing line

  18. 41- installed propeller afert painting yellow tips

These above steps took 6 hours in total.



Now I have a very heavily weathered Corsair!


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Model and Text Copyright 2001 by H. Ufuk Aydiner
Page Created 06 November, 2001
Last Updated 06 November, 2001

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