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Tamiya's 1/48 scale
F4U-1A Corsair

by Kevin Jongen


Chance-Vought F4U-1A Corsair


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




Here is my Tamiya 1/48 scale F4U-1A Corsair, built straight from the box including kit decals.



The model represents a Corsair from VF-17, Ondonga, during November 1943.





The model fits together extremely well, in fact this is the best fitting kit I have yet built. Minimum filler was used.



The pilot figure included in the kit is well sculpted so I opted to use it to add some extra colour to my model and give it a sense of scale.



Painting and Decals


The insignia white underside was painted with a mix of Tamiya 75% XF-2 White and 25% XF-55 Deck Tan acrylic paint.

The intermediate blue was a mix of Tamiya acrylics 55% XF-18 Medium Blue and 45% XF-2 White. Gunze H-54 Navy Blue was used for the uppersurfaces.



All paints were airbrushed with my Aztek A470 airbrush.

Preshading techniques were used on all camouflage colours. Weathering was done with heavily diluted red brown, flat earth, flat black and grey, Tamiya acrylics. All panel lines were shaded with Jo Sonja artist acrylics mixed with water and flow medium. Paint chipping was done with Tamiya XF-16 enamel Flat Aluminium paint.



The pilot was undercoated with Tamiya flat white and then painted with Jo Sonja artist acrylics using standard figure painting techniques of adding highlights, shadows and outlining certain parts of the uniform.



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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2004 by Kevin Jongen
Page Created 28 March, 2004
Last Updated 27 March, 2004

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