F4U-1 Corsair: Markings

Posted May 30th, 2012 by Devin and filed in F4U-1 Corsair, Modeling

All masking removed, national insignia and wing walk areas all painted and complete.I’ve been away for the past couple of week; a trip to Los Angeles and Las Vegas ate up some of the time, writing figured in as a heavy time drain, and building a new website for a client took the rest.  But now, back to the build.

Because I just can’t make things easy on myself, I decided to not use decals for the markings on this bird, but rather to paint them.  Actually, the decision wasn’t based solely on making my life more difficult.  Markings that are painted on look, well, painted on, like the real ones.  The paint is thinner than decals, there’s no clear film around the edges of the markings, and it’s easier to weather them.

The photos below tell the process.  Hover over each one to read the description, and then click on it to see the full-sized picture.

At this point I’m done with painting.  Next is a clear coat so I can weather and apply the few decals I will use (the nose art and the three-digit numbers on the fuselage), and then it’s final assembly time.

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