Hasegawa 1/48 Vought F4U-5N Corsair

with True Details resin wheels

VMF(N)-513, US Marines Corps, Korea 1951

Another twin build is my Hasegawa F4U-5N Corsair alongside an AU-1. These are nice kits that are vice-free. Dodgy areas include i) the ridge present along the nose of the fuselage where different mould inserts have been used to provide the different noses for different Corsair versions; ii) the fit of the lower wing to the front fuselage, which is surprisingly poor; iii) the fit of the radiator inserts into the wings; and iv)the fit of the cowl to the fuselage. The model is very complete but is missing a couple of switch panels on the instrument coaming. The tyres are also, I think, too skinny, so I replaced them with resin examples from True Details; they do look a little flat though. The model is finished in all-over Humbrol black enamel, with a dark-grey dry-brushing, and the decals are from the kit. For the first time I used Mr Hobby Mr Mark Softer decal solvent. This worked really well and there is no silvering of the decals. The exhausts are a combination of airbrushing and hand painting — I’m still experimenting with the best way to replicate these given I don’t own a double-action airbrush.

Year bought: 2001

Year built: 2004 (Chesterton, Cambridge)

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