1/48 Tamiya F4U-1 Corsair

Gallery Article by Murad Özer on May 15 2019



This is Tamiya's Birdcage type Corsair in 1/48th scale, kit # is 61046. A very well known kit with wing alignment problems when the wings are not folded.

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Kit is built entirely OOB.

Blues were from the Mr. Color U.S. Navy set, white was tamiya flat white with a touch of sky grey and flat base for consistency.

Weathering was entirely done with traditional oil paints, nothing fancy. I wanted to have a weathered aircraft whilst keeping the sea blue as much intact as possible. I kept the chipping restricted around the wingroot section which was done without any hairspray, sponge chipping fluids but simply brush painting the metallic color over (yellowish) zinc-chromate and carefully building the basecolor in and around the supposed chips mostly following the panel lines and rivets and finally blending them altogether with a filter like consistency of the base color followed by oil paints at the very top. Enjoy.

Murad Özer

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Photos and text © by Murad Özer