Tamiya 1/32 FAA Corsair
By Justin Ducharme
Twenty-three months ago I set out to build a FAA Corsair from a stock Tamiya kit. Shortly after reviewing my references I realized that it wasn't going to be as easy a task as I thought. After countless hours of research and planning I was ready to go with tons of resin and AM stuff. The subject is a Corsair MK.II from the Royal Navy; I decided to build this airplane because it's a little different than the standard Corsair coloring. I attempted to add, and correct as many things as I could, but surely someone will find something obvious that could be missing. I used the amazing "Time Capsule Fighter 433" book as reference. I built this airplane for my wife, as it's her favorite airplane (and because she'd support the hundreds of hours of work).
- Brassin Prop
- Brassin Engine (modified)
- Brassin Cowls (modified)
- HGW RAF Seatbelts
- Barracuda Stencils
- Barracuda Diamond Tyres
- Grey Matter Accessory Bay (modified)
- MV Lenses
- Various tubes / wire / string / styrene
Scratch / Mods
- R2800 fully plumbed, opposite of Brassin's instruction. Used real engines as reference
- Ignition Harness scratch built
- Cowl flap control ring added
- Accessory bay plumbed, stenciled as well as control arms added for the various engine controls / cowls
- Added CO vents to fuselage
- Fully detailed gear bays / uplock springs scrapped from kit and re-made from lead wire
- Clipped wings as per drawing dimensions / reshaped position lights from kit parts
Paint / Markings
- All markings / insignias are painted on using Maketar (roundels) and custom for "3BB"
- Very few decals used from kit, they went on OK in most places
- MRP Paint used for all surfaces
- Chipping achieved with pencils
- Basic oil wash overall
Build time: 23 months.
I hope you folks can enjoy this as much as I did. All photos were taken by my good friend Chuck Sawyer (chuck540z3), thanks buddy!
© Justin Ducharme 2019
This article was published on Saturday, November 02 2019; Last modified on Saturday, November 02 2019