F4U-1/2 Progress Report Day 12 – F4F-4 Wildcat

I have started building my F4F-4 Wildcat while I am waiting for the plastic cover for my 1/4-ounce color cup to arrive.

I took Jeff’s advice and used super glue for step 1.

Step 1

I glued the fuselage and the tail section.

The main reason I have started the Wildcat is to be able to paint it with the Corsair, and use the base coat I have mixed the last time.


F4U-1/2 Progress Report Day 10

Nothing to report except the pictures I took yesterday at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. Since it was raining I could not take a picture outside the museum.

Google Maps

I took a guided tour even if I have visited the museum many times before. The guide was young. She was nervous at first since she was doing the tour in French and it was not her mother tongue. Everything worked out fine and the visitors enjoyed the tour.

Now for my pictures…

F4U-1/2 Progress Report Day 9

I just had to think of another alternative to just sitting and waiting…

I decided to use super glue for glueing the outer left wing. I then proceeded to use my airbrush and to learn more what learning curve is all about.

Going back and forth with the airbrush made the paint cup to spill quite a lot of paint. I never thought a paint cup cover would be something quite that useful.

You can see here where the paint was spilled.

Beside this small mishap, using the airbrush worked fine although I will have to use it more often to get the hang of it.

Also working outside, when weather permits of course, is the way to go because of the fumes.

Cleaning is also a breeze…

I will let everything sink in before adding more paint.

Masking with toilet paper worked fine as you can see. Tissue paper is an alternative of course.

The nose is not completely covered up, but that will be remedied with the next color. Today I will be off to Ottawa and I will pay a little visit to the Canadian Air and Space Museum while my wife visits the Arts Museum…

The photo below is taken from Model Airplane Maker’s blog.

You can pay a little visit to Model Airplane Maker while I am away…


About the learning curve

At least I did not order another model kit.

F4U-1/2 Progress Report Day 8

I was all primed and ready to go… Toilet paper was used to fill the cockpit area as well as the wheel wells and the engine.

That was before…

My 50-50 light gray solution of home made gray and thinner was all ready to test on it as a base coat.

I will have to reglue the outer left wing and wait for next week since there is a heat wave coming for a few days around here.

In the meantime…

I think I will start my next project.

F4U-1/2 Late Progress Report Day 7

I had a few minutes yesterday morning to add a coat of zinc chromate before I left for a little two-day vacation.

I also painted the landing gear struts.

I have decide to reglue the radome using clear acrylic paint since I did not want to use liquid glue.

The next step should be using my airbrush for a base coat. I am thinking of using white acrylic paint since part of the underside is white.

I don’t know if this is a good idea…



F4U-1/2 Progress Report Day 6

The temptation was still there to use the airbrush, but priorities first while the granddaughter is here.

Some parts were added early morning like the part aft of the cockpit, the tail elevators, the nose, and the radome.

The instructions for the exhaut pipes were a little bit vague.

Painting the landing gear with a paintbrush as well as the propeller blades will be next if time permits, but I doubt it.

I am still looking for where part B7 goes. The F4U-2 did not have any antenna mast so I can use it on some other models.

As a footnote…

Don’t wait for F4U-1/2 Progress Report Day 7 or 8. I shall return with F4U-1/2 Progress Report Day 9

F4U-1/2 Progress Report Day 5

I got this in the mail yesterday while I was out camping for two days.

I will use it with the airbrush later next week since the grandchildren will be visiting their grandparents for a few days.

I won’t have any sparetime to use the airbrush with the model clip kit.

However I have finally finished the cockpit area and glued the fuselage.

The wings were also completed except for the radome and the pitot tube.

F4U-1/2 Progress Report Day 3

I am still waiting to finish up the cockpit area before glueing the fuselage

I am delighted with what I have painted with the airbrush even if the fear is still there to use it. I chose to paint the landing gear doors instead with a paintbrush.

I have then moved on to step 8 glueing the outer wings and the flaps.

Then I moved on to step 9… although I won’t be using the bomb nor the drop tank on Richard Harmer’s Corsair.

I have glued some parts in step 10.

I won’t be folding the wings.

Next time I will be working hopefully on the cockpit area.