Just finished this one up - great kit and hard to believe it is 25 years old .
Built it SOOB with aftermarket decals - even though they are the same markings supplied with the kit I wanted fresh , thin ones .
Nice build. one of my favorite planes and schemes. i recently finished the same kit. used the kit decals with no problems. i intend to mount it on a carrier deck catching the wire someday. need to put a booster seat under the pilot, he’s too low in the seat.
Thanks HG - I sometimes like to cleanse the modeling pallete with a simple OOB build and Tamiya kits are just the thing for that.
I generally do not add antenna wire to models that are not on bases as they are at risk from handling but I have recently built a nice display cabinet in my shop so I may retrofit them . Thanks for the interest and I am a big fan of your work.
Yes, a very nice build of that Birdcage, Richard. I used this kit some years ago to build a Royal Navy Corsair Mk. I with folded wings out of it. Sadly it crashed from my shelf of pride 2 meters down and has a broken wing since then …
I also don’t add antennas to my builds because I show them on expos and for transport reasons they are easier to handle without antennas.
That turned out pretty dang snazzy! I’ve got the same kit in the stash. It’s one helluvalot better kit than the Revell Corsair I built a few years back as a gift to one of my friends. Sheesh!! I never wanna go through that experience again.
Great work on this build. Looks great!!
Beautiful job, Richard. I’ll have to take a pic of the same kit in the same markings that I built.
The kill markings have an interesting history. The A/C belonged to the XO of the squadron (VF-17) and were applied stateside prior to the squadron’s deployment overseas! This is because they recorded the pilot’s kills flying F4Fs earlier in the war. However, he had a breakdown prior to the squadron’s overseas deployment and was reassigned due to combat fatigue.
Thanks Brian - always a pleasure to hear from you .
By all means post your Corsair build in this thread - I would love to see it.
I was aware that the kill markings were really from the pilots previous Wildcat mount and it being a new aircraft and destined for carrier service I chose to leave it in a pristine state . I was unaware of the pilots mental state . Very sad and , landing the “ Hose Nose “ on a carrier could only add to the stress of combat .
Thanks for looking in - Richard
Tonight or tomorrow I’ll have a great LL post up. What HG did with the ball turret is unlike anything I have ever seen before in a B-17 model – and he’s still perfecting it! Also, I will upload a shot of my version of this same bird.