Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build) : Finished !!!

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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby Mark » Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:51 am

Thanks Casper. I think I'll display the model with the Eduard engine covers off. They won't stay on anyway !!

I've surprised myself with touching up the decals. The repair is almost invisible, even under close examination :shock:

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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build) : Finished !!!

Postby Mark » Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:30 am

Last few bits added. The canopy was glued in with Krystal Klear. There are actually two tiny pins on the fuz that the rear of the canopy locates on. Very tricky to get in place properly.

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Wheels added, and a couple of fiddly bits on the ends of the wind stubs. The wheels were fouling the u/c door, so I added a plasticard disc to move them out a bit.

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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build) : Finished !!!

Postby Mark » Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:50 am

Finally, the wings are fitted. There are actually a few parts that I haven't fitted yet as I need to be able to take the wings off again to ship it back to the UK, when I eventually move !! However, they aren't obvious omissions. Just the wing braces, outer flap pushrods, and the antenna, which is thin and sticky up, so would be easily broken. These parts are all painted and ready for fitting when I can.

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Here is the finished model ready for inspection.

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This is a superb kit. The engineering and detail is amazing. Everything fits perfectly. It did give me a bit of a hard time painting it. I made a few mistakes (splashed varnish, overspray, etc.) which were all problems of my own making. I got a bit bogged down adding extra detail to the wing roots too. Hence it took so long and I got a but fed up with it. I couldn't be bothered to add panel lines or weathering in the end. Still, it looks good in the cabinet and I'm reasonably pleased with the end result. The Barracuda wheels are nice, and the cockpit stencils add a lot to the cockpit. The HGW seat belts are amazingly realistic, and amazingly fiddly !!

The Barracuda magnetos improve the accuracy, but don't really improve the overall look of the model, so are probably only worth buying if you want a very accurate model. The kit parts look just as good, just not quite the right shape.

I do wish I'd brought the Eduard exterior detail set. That would have made it so much easier to add wing root details.

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Postby Gundog » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:28 pm

It's a lovely job Mark. Well done on your perseverance. I hope it makes it back to Blighty in one piece!

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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build) : Finished !!!

Postby chill » Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:15 pm

Well done on finishing. :clap:
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build) : Finished !!!

Postby Mark » Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:23 pm

Thanks guys. It was worth it in the end !
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build) : Finished !!!

Postby steve131 » Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:50 pm

:clap: Great work very nice model ,think Tamiya Mossie next. Was wondering why it was factory fresh until I finished reading post ,did the wheels jam because theywere AM, when you coming back to UK :?:K awarded.
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build) : Finished !!!

Postby Mark » Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:33 pm

Thanks Steve. Not planning on buying the Mossie just yet. I have a 1/32 Zero, 1/32 Horton and a Brough Superior to finish first :lol:

I think the wheel problem was because the am parts aren't quite perfect. Still, they are a good improvement and the addition of the spacer isn't obvious.

Not sure when I'm coming back to the uk. Hopefully it will be about 2 or 3 years time.

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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build) : Finished !!!

Postby casper » Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:30 pm

Superb :clap: :clap: :)
very nice build Mark, the canopy and cockpit look amazing and the overall finish is excellent
have a well earned K :clap: :)
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build) : Finished !!!

Postby Mark » Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:10 am

Thanks Casper :D
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