F4U-1 Corsair: Final touches

Posted June 9th, 2012 by Devin and filed in F4U-1 Corsair, Modeling

Here she is gloss-coated, decals applied (numbers and nose art), waiting for the detail wash.I’m at my favorite part of a build with the Corsair: the last minute touches and weathering that make everything come alive.  I’ve been at it most of the day today, swapping between airbrushes — one set up to spray acrylic, the other to spray lacquer — and jumping back and forth between final items as they present themselves.  For instance, I have photos below of masking and painting the lower colored ID lights.  I finished those, only to remember that I also needed to do the wingtip formation lights in the same manner, so I went back to masking and shooting the base silver coat and then the clear red and green paint on top of that.

As I work on the propeller, I dug through my paint supplies and found out that I have absolutely no model paints in insignia yellow, for the blade tips.  I have some artists acrylic tube paints that have  a close match, so I guess I’ll try my luck at thinning that stuff and shooting it through an airbrush.

The next steps are to put on the landing gear and associated doors, do some dry brushing to bring out some details, any final clear coats, rig the radio antenna, and then call her done.  This is the final build post, the next time I show this model she’ll be done and ready to go.

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