Easy Model 1/72 scale
Refinished by Chris Wauchop
Vought F4U-1D Corsair
images & text by Brett Green
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One of Chris Wauchop's regular clients approached him recently
with a bag full of die-cast, pre-painted aircraft and armour models.
Chris's mission, should he have chosen to accepted it, was to
weather these models.
The first of these die-casts was a 1/72 scale F4U-1D Corsair.
Apart from its unrealistically glossy and uniform finish, the model
itself was quite impressive. It is marketed by a Chinese company
with the brand name Easy Model. Panel lines are quite fine, and the
general outlines look authentic.
The only obvious shortcoming is that four HVAR rockets are
attached to the bottom of each wing. When these are removed they
leave a long open slot under each. Two grey drop tanks are also
fitted. These were left in place.
started the weathering process by spraying an overall coat of Gunze
Flat Clear. This coat frosted slightly, lightening the overly dark
blue to a more acceptable shade. He then mixed various shades of the
Sea Blue and Intermediate Blue, applying these to different panels
(especially fabric panels and control surfaces) to obtain further
variety. Panel lines were also highlighted with a thinly sprayed,
dark mix. This same mix was used to apply streaks and stains to the
wings and fuselage.
The rear of the propeller blades were also weathered, this time
with silver pencil. Rivet lines were highlighted with tiny spots of
light grey paint, after silver proved to be a little too dominant!
The same technique was used for chipping on the leading edges and
wing walk areas.
The existing markings were sprayed around. These markings are
very thin and totally opaque. They almost seem sprayed on.
The model was sprayed with a combination of the Testor Aztek A470
airbrush, and the new metal body Aztek airbrush.
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|Modelling the F4U
Osprey Modelling 24
Author: Brett Green
US Price: $17.99
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: October 10, 2005
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841768804
Model Refinished by Chris Wauchop
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