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Title: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on December 07, 2017, 10:34:36 AM
I started this model a few years ago, but some some reason it got sidetracked and has been sitting in a box. Its about time I finished it, so I have been putting a bit of time into it over the last few days. Its built using the carved foam technic that I pioneered with others about 20 years ago. Last night I hollowed the 2 fuselage halves and stuck them together. Building from foam is not to everyones taste, but its quick and light, and particularly effective for competitive Pistachios as you don't lose points for the under cambered wing section. I intend to complete the model as one flown by VF-17 in WWII. The parts in the photo weigh in at 1.04 grams, These models are so tiny I can't remember if thats good or not!


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Mefot on December 07, 2017, 10:52:35 AM
The weight sounds good to me although I have no experience of pistachio models.
What type of foam are you using and how thin can/do you carve it ?
I assume it is a messy process !!!  :)


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: strat-o on December 07, 2017, 12:02:57 PM
That's remarkable.  Does that work out to be about 1/48 scale?  Do you have a solution in mind for the canopy?  If I may suggest it, you can get clear heat shrink tubing that works well.  Simply make a small canopy plug (or use a canopy from a plastic model kit).  Cut a section of shrink wrap tubing, then place the plug inside the tubing and heat it up.  The tubing will hopefully shrink tightly around all contours.  Final step is to cut the finished canopy out.  (Note that certain clear heat shrink materials have excellent optical clarity.)

Marlin


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: piecost on December 07, 2017, 12:17:40 PM
Richard, i have been an admirer of your foam models for some time and will appreciate any details of foam thicknesses and finishing techniques that you may give. Is that gull wing really carved in one piece?

I an especially interested in your paining technique and the resulting weight that is added. With my own attempts at light foam models; i found that that the airframe can be impressively light but the weight soon snowballs with items such as the propeller.

Cheers

Tim


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: tom arnold on December 07, 2017, 12:56:22 PM
While I have never made a flying foam model yet, I have carved a lot of foam forms to use in the Lost Foam process of building a fuselage. I have found that the mess of foam sandings can be almost totally eliminated by wiping the form with a really wet washcloth at regular intervals and doing the shaping over the trash can. The airborne particles are almost totally eliminated but it does slowly destroy cheap sandpaper.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on December 07, 2017, 02:52:17 PM
The weight sounds good to me although I have no experience of pistachio models.
What type of foam are you using and how thin can/do you carve it ?
I assume it is a messy process !!!  :)
Foam is about 1mm wall thickness on the fuselage, and its a white extruded foam. Floormate 200 by Dow is a good one to use too


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on December 07, 2017, 02:54:53 PM
That's remarkable.  Does that work out to be about 1/48 scale?  Do you have a solution in mind for the canopy?  If I may suggest it, you can get clear heat shrink tubing that works well.  Simply make a small canopy plug (or use a canopy from a plastic model kit).  Cut a section of shrink wrap tubing, then place the plug inside the tubing and heat it up.  The tubing will hopefully shrink tightly around all contours.  Final step is to cut the finished canopy out.  (Note that certain clear heat shrink materials have excellent optical clarity.)

Marlin
Its about 1/60th scale I think Marlin! Thanks for the canopy tip. I usually mould my own using acetate and the 'plunge method' (dolly on a stick) but your method sounds easier. I might give it a try. Cheers, Richard


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on December 07, 2017, 03:00:32 PM
Richard, i have been an admirer of your foam models for some time and will appreciate any details of foam thicknesses and finishing techniques that you may give. Is that gull wing really carved in one piece?

I an especially interested in your paining technique and the resulting weight that is added. With my own attempts at light foam models; i found that that the airframe can be impressively light but the weight soon snowballs with items such as the propeller.

Cheers

Tim
Hi Tim, Yes, the wing is carved from solid. Not as tricky as it sounds if you persevere. Cut the plan view to shape but slightly oversize, and tick enough, then stick paper template on the front view and start to carve. take it slow, bit by bit and keep changing the blade every 10 mins, and by the end of the evening the hardest part of the model is done. Its one of those things that you can overthink, but just going for it works!

I used to spray enamels, but have switched to Tamiya acrylic, Not sprayed these on foam before, but I'll do a few tests first. I used to spray a base coat first (which tends to raise the snap) then when dry flat off - it tends to act like a sealer, subsequent coats cover easily and smoothly.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on December 07, 2017, 03:02:21 PM
While I have never made a flying foam model yet, I have carved a lot of foam forms to use in the Lost Foam process of building a fuselage. I have found that the mess of foam sandings can be almost totally eliminated by wiping the form with a really wet washcloth at regular intervals and doing the shaping over the trash can. The airborne particles are almost totally eliminated but it does slowly destroy cheap sandpaper.
Great ideas. I have already got into trouble as the foam shavings (statically charged) have clung to the waste basket in the lounge, and half way up my leather chair!


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on December 08, 2017, 03:47:06 AM
Got a little more done last night. Cut the wing into the fuselage. The small segment you see in the photos is the belly portion cut away to allow the wing to seat. One advantage of foam, is once the basic components are made, you just cut and fit them together, no need for any local strengthening or internal structures, Its all stressed-skin. Although the Corsairs cranked wing makes it trickier than a conventional low-winger, the advantage of the angles means that no fiddly wing fillets are needed. Its a neat design.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: FreeFlightModeller on December 08, 2017, 02:44:16 PM
Look forward to seeing this one, Richard.
If it's anything like your Polikarpov it will do well .... is that model still flying btw. ?


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: piecost on December 08, 2017, 06:43:49 PM
Hello Richard. Would you mind giving more details of the foam; its name, its density (if you know) and where to get it? I recall that Floormate 200 was 20kg/m2, there were heavier grades of the blue and yellow foam of 25kg/m2. I think that depron is about 40Kg/m2 (depending on sheet thickness) but have never seen thick sheets of that material.

Cheers

Tim


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Sky9pilot on December 08, 2017, 08:04:02 PM
When carving or sanding foam, I've found that the dryer sheet when rubbed on the foam will work the antistatic magic.  Keep it handy and wipe down the foam regularly and the static is mostly taken care of.  I buy a couple boxes when I'm at the Dollar Store so the wifey doesn't get made when drying clothes in the dryer!!! ::) ;) 8)
Sky9pilot


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on January 10, 2018, 07:25:23 AM
Hello Richard. Would you mind giving more details of the foam; its name, its density (if you know) and where to get it? I recall that Floormate 200 was 20kg/m2, there were heavier grades of the blue and yellow foam of 25kg/m2. I think that depron is about 40Kg/m2 (depending on sheet thickness) but have never seen thick sheets of that material.

Cheers

Tim
Sorry for late reply.
I'm not sure where to get the white foam that I am using. There is a place that stocks it online in London, but I can't remember the name of the shop. This white stuff is a pretty similar density to Floormate 200, maybe just a little denser. Depron is really quite heavy stuff when building tiny models. I did use the thin sheet once though for the wings on a little Martynside Semiquaver. It worked well when heated on one side as it sets a curve in the foam - ideal for airfoils.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: strat-o on January 10, 2018, 11:11:53 PM
Hi Richard, What tools an techniques did you use for hollowing out the interior of the fuselage?  Thanks, Marlin


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on January 11, 2018, 01:24:09 PM
Hi Richard, What tools an techniques did you use for hollowing out the interior of the fuselage?  Thanks, Marlin
Hi Marlin.
The early stage fuselage is made of 2 blanks, cut exactly to side view, and slightly wider than scale on top view. they are joined with little bits of double sided tape. I then use a paper top view template, lightly 'spraymounted' in place so I can cut and sand the top view. So its now correct to top and side elevations, but square section. Its a good idea to then stick another paper template on the nose, circular, for a corsair, and this gives you something to work back from. I don't use templates to carve and sand the cross-section, but have a few photos handy, its fairly easy to guess this part by eyeballing.

Once fine-sanded, the 2 sides are split. I then use a mini-drill with a sanding drum to get it near thin enough. Final thinning is done by wrapping paper around a chunky circular pen or similar. The foam changes shade when you hold it up to the light, so you get a feel for how thin it is. About 1mm wall thickness is OK. the end result looks just like a plastic kit.

Pistachio is a bit of a challenge, but Peanut is a perfect size to try the technique. Pick a model with a bubble canopy and radial engine as a first attempt as the fuselage is easy to get right, similar to a carrot. A P-47 is ideal.

Here are a few pics of an older Peanut Arado I built, taking shape


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on January 13, 2018, 04:33:03 AM
Look forward to seeing this one, Richard.
If it's anything like your Polikarpov it will do well .... is that model still flying btw. ?

Sadly I don't have the Pistachio foam Polikarpov anymore Russ. It flew surprisingly well though for such a stub!
Just found these pics in my archive


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: rlucas on January 22, 2018, 04:07:53 PM
Looking good Richard! :) So you will also have a flying pistachio again for the nationals...? Will have to work a bit harder on mine as well then ;) I think you mentioned at some point you were building or wanting to build one of the racer version Corsairs? In any case nice work!

Regards,
Roel


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on January 23, 2018, 09:32:17 AM
Looking good Richard! :) So you will also have a flying pistachio again for the nationals...? Will have to work a bit harder on mine as well then ;) I think you mentioned at some point you were building or wanting to build one of the racer version Corsairs? In any case nice work!

Regards,
Roel
I hope to have this complete for the Nationals Roel. Yes, you are correct, we talked about the red and white Goodyear Corsair racer scheme a few years ago (when I started the model!) I decided some of the small codes and details were going to be tricky (see pic). I have since made a new fuselage so I can build a WW2 version. I can't decide to go for a British FAA version or a US Navy VF-17 version...Hmmm?
Your Latecoere 26 looks stunning BTW.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Snaky Stringer on January 23, 2018, 10:05:58 AM
If you are building a Pistachio, is there an advantage to the clipped wings of the FAA version? For a Peanut there would be, I think.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on January 24, 2018, 03:58:26 AM
If you are building a Pistachio, is there an advantage to the clipped wings of the FAA version? For a Peanut there would be, I think.
Good point Snakey. Unfortunately I built my wing 'unclipped' at 8" span, so conversion to the FAA version will make my model sub 8", but only slightly  ???


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: RalphS on January 24, 2018, 04:45:02 AM
Beautiful models.  Just some questions. 

 Why make the fuselage joins at top and bottom rather than down the sides which could possibly get partly hidden by wings, insignia, tailplane, etc.? 

What angle do you set the yogurt pot blades on the prop assembly?

Do you have a website showing your art?

Ralph




Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Snaky Stringer on January 24, 2018, 07:04:12 AM
Richard

Do not despair. I have seen photos of FAA Corsairs with unclipped wings - probably when they were still being introduced and before they started flying them off carriers. Just been reading Eric Brown's Wings On My Sleeve and Duels In The Sky, and he has some harsh words about the Corsair as a carrier aircraft. Still rates it above the Seafire, though. Carrier pilots must be tough characters and none tougher than Eric Brown. I think he must have had a special dispensation from Heaven.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on January 24, 2018, 07:20:38 AM
Beautiful models.  Just some questions. 

 Why make the fuselage joins at top and bottom rather than down the sides which could possibly get partly hidden by wings, insignia, tailplane, etc.? 

What angle do you set the yogurt pot blades on the prop assembly?

Do you have a website showing your art?

Ralph



Thanks Ralph
In reality the join does not show once painted. You can see the joint on the little polikarpov as that was left pure white foam on the white areas, but its not a problem. I guess there is no reason why you could not have the split going horizontally, but then again no reason to do this really. The vertical join means much less work on most fuselage types, as the 2 blanks you start off with are identical/symetrical
I go for a 45 degree root angle, with not too much fake-out towards the tip.

No, sorry, no web site, We did produce a how-to booklet many years ago, this may be available online some place. It was written by David Deadman.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: tom arnold on January 24, 2018, 01:15:26 PM
I hate to get a little off topic but, Richard, your I-16 design was a hit at the last WESTFAC in Arizona. A father-son team of George and Jonathon Nunez took your balsa peanut plan in a 1994 issue of Aeromodeller and enlarged it to, I think, 20"span. They decked them out in Spanish Civil War colors and flew them very successfully. The show stopper flight was an impromptu mass launch between the two and they circled together trying to get on each others tail right in front of the tents----it was very cool. Jonathan got flights of 55 seconds after some initial trimming challenges and was a serious competitor. Interestingly, both planes were very spirally unstable until a couple of tricks were pulled. Jonathon glued a small clear plastic vane right at the front of the cowl which cut down on the effect of the vertical tail. His dad, George, cut down on the actual vertical tail itself and from that point on they flew like piper cubs. You can see the cut-down sheet balsa rudder on George's. In looking at the side view of the airplane itself with that big cowl area ahead of the CG, you would think that it would need a BIGGER vertical tail rather than a smaller one but not so. At any rate, they were tickled with the results as it is a lot of fun to see models fly in spite of themselves.....and it is so gratifying to astound the peanut gallery of experts too!


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on January 25, 2018, 03:57:25 AM
I hate to get a little off topic but, Richard, your I-16 design was a hit at the last WESTFAC in Arizona. A father-son team of George and Jonathon Nunez took your balsa peanut plan in a 1994 issue of Aeromodeller and enlarged it to, I think, 20"span. They decked them out in Spanish Civil War colors and flew them very successfully. The show stopper flight was an impromptu mass launch between the two and they circled together trying to get on each others tail right in front of the tents----it was very cool. Jonathan got flights of 55 seconds after some initial trimming challenges and was a serious competitor. Interestingly, both planes were very spirally unstable until a couple of tricks were pulled. Jonathon glued a small clear plastic vane right at the front of the cowl which cut down on the effect of the vertical tail. His dad, George, cut down on the actual vertical tail itself and from that point on they flew like piper cubs. You can see the cut-down sheet balsa rudder on George's. In looking at the side view of the airplane itself with that big cowl area ahead of the CG, you would think that it would need a BIGGER vertical tail rather than a smaller one but not so. At any rate, they were tickled with the results as it is a lot of fun to see models fly in spite of themselves.....and it is so gratifying to astound the peanut gallery of experts too!
Wow! Thanks for this news Tom. I'm chuffed George and Jonathon have got such pleasure from this little design. I too remember being amazed at how well my little peanut model flew, and for that matter the foam Pistachio too. None were built with any real hope that they would fly well, but more so because I liked the looks of the full size. As you say they just seem to fly in spite of themselves!


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: GRB on March 08, 2018, 11:51:26 AM
Its built using the carved foam technic that I pioneered with others about 20 years ago.

Interesting thread.  Where can I find more information about the carved foam technique?

Thanks
GRB


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on September 22, 2018, 04:03:13 AM
At long last, some more progress on my Vought Corsair. This is booked in for the big indoor comp in Nijmegen in November. I've got a few of the fiddly bits done, like making up the small nose block assembly, and carving a ridiculously small pilot. I had to use a bright desk lamp and couple of pairs of glasses, giving me +5 magnification to to this. Current weight of all the components is 1.72 grams.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: FreeFlightModeller on September 22, 2018, 04:37:26 AM
Looks like another winner on the way, Richard  :)

I have to admit having a dabble with two pairs of glasses after watching the clock repairer on 'The Repair Shop'.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: dputt7 on September 22, 2018, 05:21:00 AM
No! I'm sorry but that pilot is impossible!  ;D


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: OZPAF on September 22, 2018, 06:17:45 AM
Hmm! - You'll need to make another pilot - his nose is out of scale  :D

John


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Pete Fardell on September 22, 2018, 06:30:14 AM
I’m afraid I don’t believe the pilot photos either. It seems far more likely that you’ve simply found a way to greatly increase the size of your fingers.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: g_kandylakis on September 22, 2018, 08:10:33 AM
I agree, Pete, there is definetely some foul play there.

I suspect he first made s couple of huge fingers and then the pilot, in order to fool us... That is why we do not see the rest of the hand. He thought it would be enough to get away with it...


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Graham Banham on September 22, 2018, 10:31:43 AM
You’ve been rumbled mate!


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on September 22, 2018, 12:12:39 PM
You guys! ;)


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Andrew Darby on September 22, 2018, 03:31:43 PM
That’s Handy...boom boom!

Wow Richard truly amazing!

Andrew



Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: strat-o on September 22, 2018, 06:25:25 PM
Hi Richard,  I think I actually bought your how-to guide back in '97 or '98.  Would you please describe how you got that nice finish on the Polikarpov?  I'm working on a foam Cessna C-337 peanut right now.  The foam I am using is pink flooring insulation that is similar to the Dow blue foam.  It sands well but not any smoother than a matte finish.  Thanks, Marlin


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on September 23, 2018, 04:00:22 AM
Hi Richard,  I think I actually bought your how-to guide back in '97 or '98.  Would you please describe how you got that nice finish on the Polikarpov?  I'm working on a foam Cessna C-337 peanut right now.  The foam I am using is pink flooring insulation that is similar to the Dow blue foam.  It sands well but not any smoother than a matte finish.  Thanks, Marlin
Hi Marlin. If the foam is the right grade, you should be able to finish with 1200 grit paper. You need to make sure that you keep the model dust free, the final sanding is almost more like wiping. I just airbrushed quickly a very light base white on the Corsair, to act as a primer, but I do remember the white areas on the little Polikarpov were just the white foam, and not painted. After spraying it can be 'wiped' with the 1200 paper, and then its ready for the rest of the paint. Sounds complex, but really only takes a few minutes, particularly if you spray before assembly. Practise on a bit of scrap first. Having a white base is a good starting point before spraying the colour. When I used the Blue Dow Floormate foam, I would only build military stuff as the camo colours went on fine over the blue base. Personally I wouldn't attempt a civilian 'white' aircraft out of anything but white foam. I remember some folk were tissue covering the foam to get a better surface. This is defo not the way to go on a small model as it stops the foam flexing, and is very heavy. Hope this helps, Richard


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: strat-o on September 23, 2018, 05:11:18 PM
Thanks Richard, that helps a lot.  Are you using acrylic paint?  Nevermind, I went back through the thread and see that you are using Tamiya acrylic.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on September 25, 2018, 06:06:24 AM
I started working on painting the wing last night. The Tamiya acrylic sprays beautifully with my airbrush, coverage was good and smooth. The Tamiya colour range is limited, so the Intermediate and Sea Blue shades need mixing up from other colours, but thats pretty easy as mix ratios can be found on many plastic modelling websites. I think the blue tones will look quite pretty when finished, and will contrast nicely with the red bordered 1943 US insignia I'm using. I need to take the texturing and weathering further, as can be seen by the photo of the real one, but its a start.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on September 27, 2018, 08:38:00 AM
Made a bit of a cock-up with the US National insignia on the Corsair wing. I used a mask to cover the white foam whilst I sprayed blue paint, then painted in the insignia detail with a 'OOO' brush. When I went to paint the blue disk I found the star would not line up properly with the white part of the bars. After lots of head scratching, I realised my mistake - I'd never noticed before, but the bar extensions on the side of the Insignia sit slightly higher than centre. Not knowing this I'd placed the mask on the wing the wrong way up, so if the star was to fit would have to have faced backwards! Doh! I have managed to bodge things and it doesn't look too bad. I've built lots of US aircraft with this type of marking, so I can't imagine why I had not noticed it before.
Photo shows a Typical Insignia of the period, against one I have inverted so you can see the bar sitting slightly higher than centre. I've checked a few other sources which are the same, so I don't think its just the artwork I used.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: flydean1 on September 27, 2018, 09:32:39 AM
Hey!  It looks good from my house!


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Prosper on September 27, 2018, 12:08:28 PM
Well spotted Richard, that's a valuable observation. At least you didn't continue the red circle right around, like wot I done on my F6F of last year. The American readers of my thread were too polite to point this out - I hope it didn't make them cringe too much.

Beats me how you can work at this scale. Incredible.

Stephen.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on September 27, 2018, 12:17:44 PM
Well spotted Richard, that's a valuable observation. At least you didn't continue the red circle right around, like wot I done on my F6F of last year. The American readers of my thread were too polite to point this out - I hope it didn't make them cringe too much.

Beats me how you can work at this scale. Incredible.

Stephen.
I like it though Stephen!
A bit more delving and I found the attached...


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Jack Plane on September 27, 2018, 02:31:01 PM

Beats me how you can work at this scale. Incredible.

Stephen.

It beats a great many decent folk how both of you can each work at the scales you do!  ;D


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on September 28, 2018, 08:23:37 AM
I put the National Insignia on the underside of the wing last night - and it got it the right way up too! I also did a bit of line work with my Rotring.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Mefot on September 28, 2018, 04:53:05 PM
There you go with that giant ✋ again !!!

On a more serious note. Do you use any sort of filler ( e.g. microballoons ) in your paint, or do you just spray on the bare foam ?

Always a pleasure and an education to see one of your builds  :)


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on September 28, 2018, 05:04:50 PM
There you go with that giant ✋ again !!!

On a more serious note. Do you use any sort of filler ( e.g. microballoons ) in your paint, or do you just spray on the bare foam ?

Always a pleasure and an education to see one of your builds  :)

Ha ha. Thanks for the compliments. No, no filler at all just finely sanded. These little jobs need to be ultra-basic to keep the weight down. There is really not much too them.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on October 02, 2018, 04:05:27 AM
I managed to get the basic blue shades on the fuselage last night. The white areas are the raw foam, and were simply masked over with Frog tape.
The dash was a tiny paper print-out.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: piecost on October 02, 2018, 06:11:00 AM
That is looking good.

I found a good source of graphics for those of use who are less artistically gifted. The old PC flight simulator IL2 contains artwork for the skins of most WW2 aircraft including their instrument panels. The resolution is fairly low but good enough for up to peanut size.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: OZPAF on October 02, 2018, 08:18:05 PM
Very effective - even the pilot looks suitably aggressive. :)

John


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Rudder flutter on October 04, 2018, 03:33:54 AM
A last push on the Corsair last night, and its just about done. I may hint at a dummy engine up front as that will gain me an extra mark in competition. I carried out a little more weathering and texturing. Weight as in the photos with prop, but no rubber is 2.28 grams. She balances perfectly now, but when the rubber goes in I'm sure a little nose weight will be needed. The glides are quite amazing, even with the massive half-span prop windmilling.


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: g_kandylakis on October 04, 2018, 04:39:39 AM
NICE !!!


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: FreeFlightModeller on October 04, 2018, 05:27:54 AM
Wow .. love it! :)
That is some bang per gram!


Title: Re: Pistachio scale Vought F4U Corsair
Post by: Jack Plane on October 04, 2018, 06:12:02 AM
If there are any Pistachio Zeros out there, they should be running very scared!