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Saved from the SOD! LOL After market items are Barracudacast wheels, Grand Phoenix cockpit set, and a prop from a Hasegawa P-47. I decided I wanted to have the wings folded and found that the crappy mechanism Trumpeter provided was not up to the job. Toy-like gimmickry. SO, I did some brain storming and decided to try using left over Tamiya wing fold parts. I didn't know if they would fit but decided to give 'em a try. And they worked out just fine. The a/c is painted overall GSB with a Interior Green mix for the cockpit. Decals are from Fine Art of Decals and depict a Corsair flown by Medal of Honor winner Lt. Jg. Tom Hudner from VF-32 in 1950 flying from the USS Leyte. I'm glad I saved it from the SOD and am pleased with the way it turned out. I hope y'all like it too.

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41 minutes ago, SapperSix said:

Another clean build John.  Excellent finish.  The flaps are looking good despite their sensitivities.  You make it look easy. 

I'm glad you like the results of my efforts, thank you. It had it's moments!:)

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15 minutes ago, ScottsGT said:

Excellent!  Turned out great. 

Thank you Scott! I'm happy with the way it turned out but, for a little bit there, it was somewhat doubtful! :)

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39 minutes ago, JohnB said:

Thanks Gaz! :) I'm glad you like it. :)

I do.  I do...   now...  Akitzuki, maybe?  You need a target for all of those USN birds.

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Great result on a kit that is clearly not choice #1 for a Corsair in 1/32 scale 👍 !

Can I venture a comment about something that’s bothering me ?  The two wings do not look to fold in the same plane, with the left one forward of the right one … I double checked both the profile and top view and this does not seem to be a parallax issue with the picture. But then again, it may be feature of the Corsair I am ignorant of …

Still, fantastic rescue from the SOD …

Hubert

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11 hours ago, GazzaS said:

I do.  I do...   now...  Akitzuki, maybe?  You need a target for all of those USN birds.

LOL Gaz. Akitzuki would be something out of the usual for sure. :)

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5 hours ago, Spitfire said:

That looks great and a nice idea using the Tamiya parts, the finished model certainly looks like a very powerful aircraft.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

Thanks Dennis. :) Having unused parts comes in handy sometimes!

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1 hour ago, Peterpools said:

John

Brilliant solution to the wind fold issue .. maybe some AM company should do a 3D printing of the wing fold mechanism but of course, not a copy of Tamiya's. 

 

 

I had to come up with SOMETHING to be able to fold the wings as the kit parts were crappy toy-like that just did not work (I tried!). I'm glad I had the unused Tamiya parts to try and they worked out well. :)

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3 hours ago, HubertB said:

Great result on a kit that is clearly not choice #1 for a Corsair in 1/32 scale 👍 !

Can I venture a comment about something that’s bothering me ?  The two wings do not look to fold in the same plane, with the left one forward of the right one … I double checked both the profile and top view and this does not seem to be a parallax issue with the picture. But then again, it may be feature of the Corsair I am ignorant of …

Still, fantastic rescue from the SOD …

Hubert

Yes Hubert, slightly off but something I considered trying to correct but if I had tried to shift one or the other then for sure something would break. It was difficult enough getting them to "sit"! And I think the real thing did have some variation in that so I just had to leave 'em alone. :)

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1 hour ago, Bomber_County said:

Stunning as ever John, great catch on the wings, you rarely see the Corsair built up with double fold…..congrats……

Thank you Phil. I'm pleased with the way it turned out, especially as a "save" from the SOD. :)

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Hey John,

Quick question. I have a few Trumpeter Corsairs in my stash and was wondering how they build up?  I heard they can be a bear of a kit fit wise?  I understand you have a few built up Trumpeters but just curious to know your thoughts on the kits themselves.  Thanks in advance.  

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3 hours ago, Troy M. said:

Hey John,

Quick question. I have a few Trumpeter Corsairs in my stash and was wondering how they build up?  I heard they can be a bear of a kit fit wise?  I understand you have a few built up Trumpeters but just curious to know your thoughts on the kits themselves.  Thanks in advance.  

Hi Troy,

The -4 Corsair kit is not too bad but needs some "improvement" by replacing the cockpit with a after market one. I used Aires. The prop needs replacing and one from a Hasegawa P-47 fills that bill well (thanks for the tip on that Martin). The wing fold setup, in my opinion, is a joke and very toy like. I replaced those with some left over parts from a Tamiya kit. I recommend you check out my recent WIP on their -4 which should give you some idea as to what to expect, etc.

I built their -1D way before Tamiya brought out theirs and it took a lot of work to get "right". I don't remember all the specifics but the cowl flaps, prop, wing fold setup were pretty bad.

Here's a link for the -4 build  which should give you some info, etc.

https://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/17257-trumpeter-f4u-4-from-sod/

In short Troy, their Corsair kits aren't nearly as good as Tamiya's. I hope this is some help for you. :) (I might take one of your -4 kits off your hands if you want to unload it. Since it's the only -4 out there in 1/32 I MIGHT want to build another one at some point.)

John

 

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I really like the looks of the last Corsairs to see actions.  I have a cockpit for the -4 I believe?  Grand Phoenix  or something like that.  I'll dive into the build and see what it's all about.  I'll likely let it go, so keep me in mind.  I'll be in Spain for the rest of the month working however.  Keep me in mind.  

Kind regards,

Troy 

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27 minutes ago, Troy M. said:

I really like the looks of the last Corsairs to see actions.  I have a cockpit for the -4 I believe?  Grand Phoenix  or something like that.  I'll dive into the build and see what it's all about.  I'll likely let it go, so keep me in mind.  I'll be in Spain for the rest of the month working however.  Keep me in mind.  

Kind regards,

Troy 

On second thought I used the Grand Phoenix cockpit set and not Aires. Laps in memory! LOL :)

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