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

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

Postby Mark » Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:06 pm

I was weak... so shoot me !!
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby Eric » Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:22 pm

We don't need to.....SWMBO will do it for us...... :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby steve131 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:03 pm

K awarded for bravery, will SWMBO put you on the naughty step. Post script its a beautiful kit ;)
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby Mark » Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:44 pm

It took a lot of sweet talking, and I'm sure I haven't paid the full price yet :? :?

Got to finish either RD before I start this one (or at least wait until it arrives :laughing-rolling: )
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby baby_astons » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:04 pm

don't talk about a post script when someone is on the brink of being shooted...
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby morrigan » Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:48 am

its well worth being in trouble for!
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby chill » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:54 am

At least snaps nephew cant get to it where you are !!!
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby Mark » Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:57 pm

It's arrived :D :D :D

It's certainly living up to its expectations. It's an absolutely gorgeous kit. The sizable box is crammed full of plastic, and it's just dripping with detail, even down to the brake lines for the wheels. There is a two part removable cowl round the engine. The two halves are moulded with a slightly different radius so that springs out against the outer one and they hold together beautifully.

The prop shaft is splined, and the prop is held on with a poly cap. Not quite sure why, but it will make it safer to transport the model for those who display them at shows.

It's too good not to build, but it does look challenging.

Have to crack on with the RD350 now.......

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Re: Ho hum........

Postby steve131 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:14 pm

Well jell :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby steve131 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:19 pm

Was reading a model magazine about it detail amazing down to a pistol for the pilot, author loved it,as stated earlier well jell another build diary :dance: post script open or folded :think:
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby Mark » Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:41 pm

Sadly the flare piston is moulded in it's holster. Such a disappointment :lol:

I'm think I'm going to build it wings folded, cockpit closed and engine flaps closed. Just one question, that I hope somebody will be able to help with. Should the flaps be up or down after the plane has been sat for a while.
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby chill » Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:50 pm

YEP I NEEEEEEEEDDDDDD THIS

But keep snap ..oops sorry ... His nephew away
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby Mark » Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:16 pm

Luckily I don't have to worry about Laura. She asked if she could have a look at Daddy's new toy. She was so careful, anybody would think she was holding the Crown Jewels :D
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby morrigan » Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:43 pm

Mark wrote:Sadly the flare piston is moulded in it's holster. Such a disappointment :lol:

I'm think I'm going to build it wings folded, cockpit closed and engine flaps closed. Just one question, that I hope somebody will be able to help with. Should the flaps be up or down after the plane has been sat for a while.


Flaps up is typical for a early Corsair, the hydraulics seemed to retain their pressure, and also the flaps were kept retracted to make it easier to climb up on the wing until the introduction of a footstep in the inboard flap of later models.
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Postby Mark » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:54 am

Thanks Morrigan, I see that quite a few ground shots show the engine flaps open as well. Have you got any gems about the usual practice for these ? I'd sort of guessed that these would be closed, but it was really only a guess.
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby morrigan » Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:59 am

The main reason was it was one less thing for the pilot to do when starting up as the cowl flaps were always opened up for starting unless it was really cold.
It also lets heat escape from the cowling to stop the engine cooking once the big fan up the front has stopped after shutdown especially in the tropics.
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby Mark » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:29 am

Thanks for that Morrigan. So it's flaps up, and vents open for me.

I wonderr if anybody is goiing to bring out a set of weighted/bulged resin wheels before I get to the undercarriage. The ones Morrigan linked to didn't seem to be weighted, but I could be wrong. Not sure which hub is correct. The resin ones are different to the kit ones, but I've seen pics of both types on real aircraft. Not sure of the actual version of the planes in the real ohotos though. Personally, I'm not a great lover of the rubber tyres in kits, but you can't fault Tamiya's moulding. The tread pattern is very well cast. Just no flat spot.......
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby GrantJ » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:49 am

Well done Mark!

Glad to see you finally saw the light and came over to the dark side :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Ho hum........

Postby morrigan » Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:15 am

Mark wrote:Thanks for that Morrigan. So it's flaps up, and vents open for me.

I wonderr if anybody is goiing to bring out a set of weighted/bulged resin wheels before I get to the undercarriage. The ones Morrigan linked to didn't seem to be weighted, but I could be wrong. Not sure which hub is correct. The resin ones are different to the kit ones, but I've seen pics of both types on real aircraft. Not sure of the actual version of the planes in the real ohotos though. Personally, I'm not a great lover of the rubber tyres in kits, but you can't fault Tamiya's moulding. The tread pattern is very well cast. Just no flat spot.......



I'll report back when mine have arrived, but if they're like the Mustang set, there will be a subtle flat where the pour stub is.
For the which hub is right question, the trick is to find a photo of the Corsair with the markings you want to do and hope the wheels are included in the shot. Of course frontline maintenance gives room for some artistic license ;)
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Re: Ho hum........

Postby Mark » Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:24 am

Well, to be perfectly honest, anybody who looks at my model and tells me the hubs are wrong will get a clip round the ear and told to go away and count somebody else's rivets !
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