This is my first WIP report on my 1/48 Hobbyboss F4U-1 “Birdcage” or “Early” Corsair. I was quite impressed with the last Hobbyboss kit I built so when I was looking for a 1/48 Early Corsair this is what I bought:
After seeing what Matt at Doogs Models did with his 1/32 Tamiya Birdcage Corsair I was inspired to choose the same aircraft, “Tojo Eats Shit” If you want to see Matts superb build, go here: Doogs Models Corsair
This particular Corsair was really beat up and well weathered hence why I wanted to build this machine:
I am using Barracuda decals for this build and I intend to really push myself on painting and weathering technique.
As for details, the kit is pretty good as it is. My one gripe with Hobbyboss is that they give you some wonderful decals to replicate the instrument decals on the nicely detailed instrument panel but the decals are way oversized so one cannot use them! This is most frustrating HB!
Never mind, before I start ranting, let us swiftly move on to the assembly ahead. Work has commenced with the cockpit and engine. The Engine is straight from the box and I have not added anything to it as in 1/48 scale most of it will be hidden inside the Corsair’s cowlings. It was painted with Tamiya and Grunze acrylic’s and weathered with enamel washes.
Here is the kits cockpit, the I/P has been hand painted as the decals did not fit……..
I’ll post more updates as I have them. I’ll be off to the studio now o do some more work to this model and enjoy a nice cup of tea. Until next time, take care and Happy Modelling!