Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:09 pm

I wonder if the engine sprues can be ordered as spares?? :twisted:
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With the arrival of some Eduard packets containing many fiddly bits, work has recommenced on the Pratt and Wittney.
To make the flanges and gaskets that Eduard supply to addorn the manifolds a little more vissible, I left them in brass as after annealing the brass took on a nice burnt metal look.
After finding a colour photo of an R2800 on Voughts production line, I repainted the ignition leads a metallic brown.
A final wash and the P & W logo should finish the engine of nicely:
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Attention is now back on the cockpit, as I've decided to add the hoses for the heater and oxygen system.
I wrapped fine copper wire round some 15amp fuse wire:
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I then painted the wire olive drab:
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A wash and drybrush finishes the hose off before being cut into two lengths:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:54 am

I've installed the heater and oxygen hoses and a couple of final touches for the cockpit.

A last garnish of wiring:
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You can see the oxygen hose draped over the righthand console, a snippet of tubing painted silver serves as the socket for the pilots oxygen mask hose.
On the right hand side some lengths of fusewire were added for the linkages that run between the instrument panel and engine control quadrant.
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The heater hose is not that visible unless looking up from the underside. Oh well. :whistle:
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I then attached the cockpit to one of the fuselage halves:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:07 am

With the cockpit finished, attention is back on the front end.

I dressed up the cooling gills with the Eduards set,
first plates are attached to each cooling gill after being annealed and lightly curved:
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The actuators were attached, and the everything painted painted as per Voughts practice of painting the inside of the cowl with the underside colour, burnt umber wash was applied to stain the lovely white paintwork with a nice oily hue.
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While the cooling gill assembly was drying, I attached some of the exhausts to the firewall then added the fairing:
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I then added the front cowling ring to the engine, and applied a oily wash to the inside and some oil and grease stains to the crankcase:
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Turning back to the cooling gills, the cable that runs between the actuator pulleys was added and some dabs of Salmon and silver applied for chipped paint:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:53 am

The first stage of the build has now been completed!

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Hmm that's a rather large and rather vacant gap between the engine and the cockpit. No, no, no won't go there!! :naughty:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby casper » Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:25 am

Hi Morrigan
wow :drool:
love the cowl, those cooling gills are nice and your engine looks amazing
the cockpit is just fantastic. :clap: :clap: i like the way you made the heater and oxygen hoses, you must have really steady hands and good eyesight :)
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby SkyFire » Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:26 am

Wow - looking great morrigan. :)
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby number1 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:41 pm

Amazing :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:48 pm

Thank you all for the kind comments.

Pull up a comfy chair, 'cause here comes the center section!

First up, I've added the oil coolers, even though you will never see the outside of the coolers, I've painted them up anyway.
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I've replaced the supplied Tamiya etched pieces for the oil coolers with the very delicate ones from RB productions:
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I then put the wing spar together and some ribs:
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and installed them, everything slots into place just so:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:01 pm

I then assembled the upper wing skins for the center section, if you want to save time don't worry about painting the inner rib with the duct and mesh detail, you can't see it at all!
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The upper skin in place:
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A view of the completed center section :
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I then added some detail pieces from the Eduard exterior set, for the pipework, I used the etched pieces as templates for shaping some fine wire:
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Some more pipework will be added once the undercarriage is installed.

I also added some pipework to the wing fold area as these run underneath by the various bit and bobs that adorn this area, the rest will be added later.
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:51 pm

Righto, its the outer wing panels turn to get some attention.

First order of business is to drill out some holes as per Tamiyas instructions.
To ensure a clean finish, I drill from the inner side until the drill bit is just on the verge on breaking through, this leaves a nice white dimple on the outer side of the part:
I then use the dimple as a guide to drill through from the outside.
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Before attaching the landing light, I lined the reflector with foil:
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As there is no gun bay detail included with the kit , I installed some gun barrels to peek out of the gun ports in the leading edge.
I first carefully drilled holes in the front of the spar box:
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Lengths of fine tubing was installed in the holes, taking care that the tubes didn't protrude into the interior of the spar box. I attached the tubes using thick :superlglue: to allow time to adjust the alignment of the tubing:
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Completed outer wings:
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Progress thus far:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby Eric » Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:24 pm

Superb as always Morrigan. :clap: :clap:

I am always in awe of your modelling skills.
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:11 pm

Thanks Eric.


The prop has had its decals applied, for the manufacturer logo and stenciled data, I used dry transfers from Archer Fine transfers, they also have yellow prop tips but they are too small for huge Corsair Blades!
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In preparation for the colour coats, the panel lines have been picked out with airbrushed black lines, I also shaded in the areas between the ribs for fabric covered areas:
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As the markings are to painted on rather than decals, the next step was to apply custom masks and apply the roundrels over a coat of white primer. these will then be masked off and the colour coats applied.
The mask were made up by RB productions and are excellent, I had contacted two other suppliers of custom masks back when I ordered the Corsair, and have yet to hear a peep from either so I had resigned myself to tediously hand masking the markings. In a stroke of good fortune, while perusing RB productions site I noticed that custom masks were available, I made the query Sunday, by Friday the completed set of masks was on its way.Top notch service there :D
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I'll try and post a more detailed how to for the masks when I do the next batch of markings.
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:52 pm

The wingtips are complete, with colour coat applied and all the fiddly bits applied:
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If you are thinking that the blue surround of the bars on the markings seem to be different shades of blue, you are absolutely correct.
RNZAF Corsairs arrived complete with US stars and bars in four positions, on arrival the stars were overpainted with NZ roundrels and another two roundrels and bars added to the wings using a locally mixed insignia blue which was a bit lighter than the factory version.
Like D-day stripes sometimes this work was a bit rough in the rush to get aircraft to the front line, and Corsairs could be seen sporting patches where paint had been pulled up by masking tape, overspray and roundrels painted freehand.
The Corsair nearest the camera shows where masking tape has pulled up the NZ blue revealing the original white and blue of the US insignia on the fuselage
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby GrantJ » Sat Dec 14, 2013 8:48 pm

Greatwork as usual Morrigan :D

I especially like the effects of the post shading- well done! I have tried that method but it just don't seem to work for me (probably too heavy handed with the colour coat :lol: )
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:50 am

Thanks Grant!

For the colour coats over pre-shading I thin the paint quite a bit to make a lot harder to loose the effect.

Since the Corsair ha been a little big neglected while I wrangle the Xmas Seasprite, it got lots of attention today.

The fuselage was masked up:
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Pre-shading applied, and patches of zinc chromate yellow, these were overcoated with Vallejo chipping medium:
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And with the 3 tone USN scheme applied; Dark Sea blue, Intermediate blue and Insignia white - who was the silly sod that though white is a good colour for the underside of a radial engined fighter?:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby casper » Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:12 pm

How do you find the Vallejo chipping medium Morrigan?
Does it work better than hairspray or salt. I need to order some Vallejo paint for my Mutt and was thinking of chipping some paint here and there.
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:57 am

I'm quite liking the chipping medium, as it require little efort to get the paint to chip, as normal handling has already started the chipping process, which is exactly the effect I'm after. :D
It does alter the sheen of the paint finish making it glossier, but a coat of varnish fixes that.
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:07 am

With the colour coat on, I can now apply the markings and do the promised step by step guide to using paint masks.


First apply the surround for the marking, and border with low tack tape.
Then apply the base colour which is usually white, unless its a serial number which will be grey or black:
Mist the paint on using an airbrush, if you have a regulator set the PSI to 15 or so, if you don't have a regulator crimp the airline using a twist tie to reduce the pressure, this will stop the paint bleeding under the mask.
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Base colour on:
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Leave to dry in a sunny or warm spot
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:10 am

Now to apply the masks to the areas that will stay white.
Its easier to first apply a mask that will align the required masks, in this case the mask for the outer yellow ring:
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Then apply the required masks for the white areas:
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Next colour's applied are red and yellow which need a white basecoat:
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and again leave to dry before proceeding to the next stage
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:15 am

Now apply the final masks in preparation for the last colour to be applied:
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As soon as the last coat of paint is touch dry, remove all of the masking to reveal the markings in all their glory with no silvering, rips or wrinkles :D :
As I have weathered the rest of the Corsair with airbrushed blotches of lightened paint, I did the same for the blue areas of the roundrels to tie it all in, I've alos attackedthe areas where the chipping medium was applied with a wet coarse bristled brush to finish off the chipping.

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