• George

It has Begun. The 1/32 Tamiya F4U-1A Corsair

Updated: Nov 1, 2018

Here's the almost-completed cockpit.I painted it with three shades of Mr Paint (MRP) Interior Green. The primary shade came right out of the bottle, dark shading consisted of adding a little NATO black to the green, and highlights were added with a combination of Interior green and Lemon Gray (used for Russian/Soviet primer). I used the hairspray technique to add scratches to the cockpit. MRP dries pretty quickly so you have to work fast in order for the paint to chip easily.

I then used Ammo of Mig washes to accentuate panels and recesses. The problem with using MRP and washes is that panel line washes rub off almost too easily so you have to be careful not to remove too much of them, especially where you want to represent heavier accumulations of dust and dirt. Metallic paints like Aclad and AK also rub off extremely easily if you apply them over MRP. This happened on the big yellow Oxygen tank. The metallics I apllied soon rubbed off on my fingers. The whole thing was a mess so I stripped it with Mr Color 400 thinner and will paint it tonight.

I find that Tamiya decals are a bit thick and silver easily. Most decals apply perfectly onto to MRP without the use of a gloss coat first. You might be able to make out some silvering on the caution sticker on the bulkhead behind the seat.

I have to say that I really hate PE. I used Eduard PE placards on the interior and tried to attach them using foil adhesive. It worked okay, but not great. I just hate using CA glue because the shit usually cures before I get the part onto its intended location.

The instruments look great through the crystal clear lenses.

I'm using HGW cloth seatbelts instead of the kit supplied PE.

You can see some silvering of the decal above the seat.


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