1/32 Revell Corsair XF4U-1

Gallery Article by Jerry Reyes on Jan 21 2011

 

Here is my First attempt to build a model and my first attempt at a Prototype. 

As a kid I never had the pleasure to work on any models, while moving to a new home, I found a box with my name from my mother that had a note saying she forgot to give me this model as a kid. 

The model in question was an old 1970's Baa Baa Blacksheep Corsair. 

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Not having any idea I was going to start to like this model I put it away for a while, in 2008 I was asked by a friend to help him copy old airplane plans for another friend of his and sure enough, I came across an old drawing from a magazine on the XF4U-1, this got my curiosity started and I spent the first 7 months of 2009 researching everything I could on the Corsair. 

I finally started asking around how difficult it would be to move the cabin forward since the finished corsair had a longer nose. 

After much tweeking around and a whole bunch of Styrene and glue later I got the cabin moved forward and filled a lot of gaps with strip styrene. 

All paints used where from spray cans since I did not have any airbrush or any idea how to use it. 

Decals came from a Pre-WW II National Insignia 

Looking back a lot of work still needs to be done as can be seen on the average painting job and detailing, but for a first model I am very proud of my small accomplishment. 

A better version will be done in the near future with 1/32 trumpeter F4U-1 

Enjoy! 

Jerry Reyes

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Photos and text by Jerry Reyes