Sunday, April 7, 2013

1/48 Arii Chance Vought F4U-1A Corsair Part I

1/48 Arii Chance Vought F4U-1A Corsair

It's amazing, the amount of things you can accomplish when your internet connection conks out for a couple of days...*snicker* Decided to build the 1/48 Arii F4U-1A Corsair next after the 1/48 Mil-24D Hind by Revell.

1/48 Arii Chance Vought F4U-1A Corsair

Decided to cover up the seam lines with your average water based Wall Putty. There are a lot of more appropriate putties available but I decided to use this because it was what I had lying around the house. I used this to cover up some old cracks in the walls of our house. One problem I had with this when I first used this was that I noticed it would shrink after a day, creating a depression in the seam line I was trying to cover. I fixed this problem by leaving the putty over night on the model kit, allowing it to shrink itself in to its final size. Afterwards you just have to file and sand off the excess putty.

1/48 Arii Chance Vought F4U-1A Corsair

Colored the landing gear with Bosny white, then the wheel was colored up with an ordinary felt marker. Have to retouch up that some more. There was a missing strut in the rear landing gear wheel, not sure if I lost the part when I was cleaning up the runners (with dishwashing soap and water) in order to remove the mold release wax, or whether it wasn't included in the kit by Arii. So I can't really say for sure.

1/48 Arii Chance Vought F4U-1A Corsair

Some of the 1/48 Corsair model kits I've seen allow for the Corsair's Wings to be folded up for storage. This kit doesn't have that feature. I love however the simple detail included for the landing gear wheel well.

1/48 Arii Chance Vought F4U-1A Corsair

The Engine and cowl are actually separate from the main body of the kit. Which is a great feature as it will make painting the parts more convenient. I painted the engine with Bosny Silver then applied Bosny Dull Lacquer. After that dried over night I applied some black shade of eye shadow from my wife's old make up kit to give it that grimy look.

1/48 Arii Chance Vought F4U-1A Corsair

Last work I did today was to color with Tamiya Acrylic German Gray the dashboard of the cockpit. I'm starting to think now that maybe I should build the 1/48 Arii Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat alongside this kit. Since they share the same color scheme, it will save paint and time by building them together.

Part II of this build can be found here.