FAA F4U-1A Corsair

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  1. otftch

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    Here is a late Pacific War Corsair of the Royal Navy. The kit is 1/72 from Airfix.
    Ed
     

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    Nice job dude.
     
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    Yep Dude..... really nice. Speshulie for 1/72. Big smile here.
     
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    Gotta love those Airfix rivets, Nice job.
     
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    Nice work Ed! Personally, I would have sanded down those rivets first though.
     
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    #6 Sweb, Jul 31, 2011
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    Yep, nice looking model. The Corsair has always been a favorite of mine.

    A4K - Right. The Corsair was spot-welded from the empennage forward. No rivets were used. The empennage was standard rivet construction utilizing flush riveting throughout. No button-head (protruding) rivets were used at all on the exposed (slipstream) part of the airframe. What might appear as rivet indentations (pinched skin) on the forward fuselage were simply the individual spot welds. This technique saved a lot of weight and gave a smoother aerodynamic to the exterior skins. Spot welding was a technique developed by the Naval Aircraft Factory and Vought. I don't know why it wasn't further developed as a universal construction technique on "disposable" combat aircraft where thru-skin access wasn't necessary.

    Model makers take certain liberties with their moulds. This one obviously missed the mark but I'm guessing the lack of knowledge on the modelers end contributes to these "mistakes". Modelers want detail, moulders answer the call. I say that because moulders must first get their details, measurements and specifications from the actual aircraft prior to machining their moulds. They know everything there is to know about each type before mould-making drawings are even started. Evidence of this is the older raised panel lines, which I prefer because they're easier to sand off than it is to fill the exaggerated recessed panel lines of currently produced kits. One day true-scale accuracy will be available from one or more companies. It's not there yet.
     
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    The scheme is for Hammy Gray, VC who lost his life while sinking a Japanese destroyer.
     
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    Looks great!
     
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    nice one Ed, on my to do list is Hammy Gray's Corsair !
     
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    Love it. Very nice!
     
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    Nicely done!
     
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    Once again another nice build Ed.

    Jon
     
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    As always Ed, nice work sir!!!:thumbright: :cool:
     
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    Good one Ed.
     
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    Another fine build Ed. Keep them coming
     
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