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Tamiya 1/32 Vought F4U-1A Corsair

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Final Thoughts
Even though this is a big, elaborate and intricate kit, I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it to all skill levels, even beginners. Due to its quality of design and unambiguous construction methods, it is virtually impossible to make a mistake. The high part count and overall size may look a daunting prospect for those that have stayed within the safety blanket provided by smaller, cheaper kits – and this puppy does represent a sizeable investment in every respect – but with a little patience and effort, this kit can be the first, easy step into the larger scale universe.
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About Gary Bottoms (MakingModelsAgain)


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.😃😆 Cheers Chris PS really enjoy your videos more please.
JUN 09, 2015 - 01:45 AM
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? Thanks, Steve PS: Great paint job! Realistic without being over done.
JUN 09, 2015 - 05:26 PM
Very nicely done, with a lovely, understated weathering.
JUN 09, 2015 - 06:53 PM
Gary, 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. Joel
JUN 10, 2015 - 07:36 PM