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Tamiya 1/32 Vought F4U-1A Corsair
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New York, United States
Joined: December 04, 2010
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Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 07:36 PM UTC
Just a superb feature article. It's extremely well written in your personal style, offers great insight into the kit, and it's construction, as well as the few issues you found; namely Tamiya's insistence on the thicker the better for decals, and rubber tires. I've yet to read, nor talk to any modeler that likes those rubber tires. Resin is surely the way to go.

Your weathering techniques are easy to follow and to understand. I'll be using some of them on my current build.

I had to chuckle at your comment that the kit is a great way to venture into 1/32 scale. Naturally I just went the opposite way with the old, limited production run of the Czech F2A-3 Buffalo. Definitely, a baptism under fire.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 - 06:53 PM UTC
Very nicely done, with a lovely, understated weathering.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 - 05:26 PM UTC
Hi Gary,

Would you know if this kit is the -1 kit with -1A upgrades or did Tamiya make any improvements/corrections to their previous kit?


PS: Great paint job! Realistic without being over done.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 - 01:45 AM UTC
Hi Gary,
Fantastic article,such a great kit unfortunately a little to pricey for my tastes I'll stick to Tamiyas 1/72 rendition.

Since this was an out of the box build, I won't make mention of the fact it would have looked much better in RNZAF markings.😃😆



PS really enjoy your videos more please.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 - 01:25 AM UTC
Gary gives us his impressions of this Tamiya Corsair after building it and weathering it to Pacific Theater standards of imperfection.

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