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Dec 19, 2003, 09:32 AM
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Good Plastic Model to work from?

Probably a crazy question but is there a good quality plastic model F4U kit to work from for scale details?

Last time I looked at a plastic model was probably 40 years ago.

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Dec 19, 2003, 11:22 AM
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Tamiya, Hobbycraft, Hasegawa all make good scale models. Check out
Dec 19, 2003, 12:03 PM
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Not a crazy question, many people use these for reference (self included).

The Tamiya 1/48 scale is really nice (iirc, this is a "d" model):

Fit of the parts is exellent, very little filling and sanding needed. Recessed panel lines and lots of surface detail.

Dec 19, 2003, 02:26 PM
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Dec 20, 2003, 12:09 AM
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Are you going to assemble the kit, then cut it up to get the cross sections right?. I've seen this done in a couple of magazine articles.

Dec 23, 2003, 09:00 PM
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Originally posted by Large One

Are you going to assemble the kit, then cut it up to get the cross sections right?. I've seen this done in a couple of magazine articles.

could you post pics of this if possible?
Dec 23, 2003, 11:40 PM
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Just details

I was getting frustrated looking at various websites trying to see what all the Corsair bits look like. Things like tail wheel, landing gear, real wing profile in the bend area, etc.

The pics always show some nice flying view but don't really serve the purpose of how the plane is constructed in these areas.

I'm not planning to saw one up however.

I am trying to figure out how to modify the GWS MM retracts into 90s and get them to work on a 30" Corsair someday. With the reduction in weight in the motor and battery there should be some margin in weight to work with.

Dec 24, 2003, 01:37 AM
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If you are looking for scale details on the Corsair then an alternative source to the excellent Tamiya kits might be the compendium volume "The Great Book of World War II Airplanes", which has been available occasionally at a very reasonable price from some of the bargain book centres or you might be able to locate it at your local library. The ISBN # is 0-517-16024-2 and it's a weighty tome, representing the amalgamation of twelve high quality illustrated monographs on various WWII aeroplanes.

I only managed to turn up a single copy of the complete collection in the US - at $95 - in a web search this morning. However the Corsair section is written by Frederick A. Johnson and a quick search shows that there is a copy of this single volume knocking about on the web in Washington DC at $22 (Details being Military Books Homepage:
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Anyhow, that volume contains superb technical illustrations by Rikyu Watanabe including large scale detailed colour drawings of the landing gear, tailwheel and starboard wing hinge details plus numerous other beautiful illustrations that you might find interesting. Definitely a book that you would want to at least check out at the local library if you need to get those details.

Hope that helps

Dec 24, 2003, 09:46 AM
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thanks and happy holidays!


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