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Tamiya F4U-1D (Pt. 2)

Tamiya F4U1D Boxing

​This is part of a series originally published on Britmodeller.com. You can view the original article HERE​.

Gear Bay Corrections

The gear bays need some work. A few seams to fill and some bad ejector pin marks. They’re in a really tight spot so it might not be feasible to chisel or sand them away. 

Gear Bay

Here is an alternate angle showing the size and prominence of the ejector pin marks. Along with a seam on the gear bay divider.

Gear Bay 2

To correct the issue I took some spare wire and ran it over the pin marks. It’s not historically accurate but it looks good and I don’t have to spend extended time sanding and chipping away at the pin marks. Tamiya masking tape was used as cable ties. The ejector marks in the background will not be visible on the finished product.

Gear Bay Wire

Another angle this time fitted to the fuselage. 

Gear Bay Attached

And now the final shot of the bay and wires painted up.

Gear Bay Painted

Not a bad final look although there are still ejector marks visible on the front portion of the gear bay.

Quick Hits

Here are some quick shots of the cockpit and engine assembly.

Cockpit Front

Nothing special to note. Added some light chipping on the seat and went with the decal instead of painting the instrument panel. 

Cockpit Rear

Engine assembles very easily and has been painted up with a light pin wash to bring out the details.


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