1/48 scale Scratchbuilt
by Allen K.
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This model was originally built in about 1971, and was my first
attempt at scratch building. It was built in a hurry and was never very
well detailed. That, combined with the ravages of time made it kind of
an eyesore in my collection.
I was looking for something to build for the 2004 IPMS Nationals, and
since Iíve always liked this airplane I decided to rebuild it, this time
with a lot more detail.
The model was completely disassembled and rebuilt. About all that was
used from the original model was the body shell and the propeller
The model originally model took about 5 weeks to buildÖthe rebuild
took about 8 months.
Construction details are as follows
Design information based on the
Vought General Arrangement Drawing and Paul Matt 3-view drawings.
Basic model is constructed of
Landing gear is completely
scratch-built, mostly from brass stock.
Most smaller parts were developed
from wood, plastic, or metal patterns and cast in polyurethane
Nose and canopy are stretch-molded
from 1/32" plexiglass.
Main wheels were modified (made
thicker) and cast from the Monogram F4U. (Real Corsair wheels are
Instrument panel was scanned from
research material, redrawn in photoshop and ink jet printed at high
Finish is nitro cellulose lacquer with a clear coat.
The Bugs Bunny logo was hand drawn at a large scale, scanned and
reduced in Photoshop.
Decals were then printed on ALPS and ink jet printers.
I would also like to build the Sword kit of the V-173 prototype.
Since it is currently being restored by volunteers at the Vought plant
in Texas Iím hoping someone might have access to lots of good infoÖIím
especially interested in the shade of yellow used on the upper surfaces,
since it seems to vary widely in the different photos Iíve seen. Any
help would be greatly appreciated.
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by Allen K. Hess
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