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1/32 Tamiya F4U-1A Corsair Cockpit Completed... Finally

Been working on this thing for almost two weeks and have made a little progress. The cockpit builds into a fine little model all by itself. As is usual with Tamiya kits, fit is precise and perfect. I painted the interior using Mr Paint Interior Green followed by several washes of Ammo of Mig. I'll add a little mud and grime to the rear wheel well later. I attached the starboard side of the cockpit to the corresponding fuselage half and temporarily attached the port fuselage to guarantee that all the parts will line up precisely later.

A few words about Mr Paint products. I have to say that I was enamored with these paints the first time I used them on My Su-33. They are incredibly smooth, rich paints with a silky semi-gloss finish. They are super thin and require a few coats to get complete coverage, but this isn't a bad thing. You have to go a little light on the pre-shading (if you do that sort of thing) and build up the density slowly. This gives you pretty good control over the final results. They are also almost impervious to degradation or softening when using enamel washes, but you have to be careful not to rub any of it off when removing any excess wash. This is especially true for any raised details.

Because these paints are so smooth and almost glossy, washes rub off quite easily. The same is true for dry brushing or highlights painted with silver enamel, for example. Acrylics and enamels simply do not adhere very well to Mr Paint. I'm currently experimenting applying Mr Paint Super Clear Matte before applyng washes. I'll keep you posted.

Only one side of the cockpit has been glued to the fuselage. I let it set for about an hour before I removed the port side.

Gluing one side and aligning it to the other will later make it easier to glue the two halves together. I still have some detailing to do on both sides.

I'm going to add more dirt and mud to the inside of the tail wheel well.

everything will mate together perfectly later.


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