Author Topic: Tamiya 1:32 Scale FG-1 Corsair IV, Lt. Robert Hampton Gray VC, DSC  (Read 68 times)

Offline lcarroll

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   I just completed this off topic Build of the superb Tamiya 1:32 F4U1D Corsair finished as a Royal Navy Goodyear built FG-1 Corsair IV flown off HMS Formidable in 1945 by the last Canadian awarded a Victoria Cross. Lt. Robert Hampton Gray, Royal Canadian Naval Voluntary Reserve perished leading an attack on 8 enemy destroyers at Onagawa Wan, Japan on the 8th of August 1945. The citation describes how, despite being wounded and his aircraft being on fire he pressed home his bombing attack and delivered a direct hit on his target which sank as a result. 
   This is a very impressive Kit, well engineered, superbly detailed, and a pleasant experience all round for an experienced modeller. I added a lot of After market items to the Build and I'm extremely pleased with the final product. It provided a nice contrast to my far more numerous WWI Projects and, along with a few other classics with what I call "Canadian content" I'm pleased to have it in my collection.












   
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Lance

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Re: Tamiya 1:32 Scale FG-1 Corsair IV, Lt. Robert Hampton Gray VC, DSC
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2022, 02:37:36 AM »
Wow Lance - that is a stunning model, and an interesting history behind the subject. Very impressive. The cockpit detail is superb - are those HGW seatbelts?
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Gary

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Re: Tamiya 1:32 Scale FG-1 Corsair IV, Lt. Robert Hampton Gray VC, DSC
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2022, 05:08:14 AM »
Beautiful work Lance! I know from experience these Tamiya kits are immaculately detailed gems - can you please share what aftermarket extras you used?

By the way if anyone wants a 1/1 Corsair in this colour scheme now's your chance! *some repairs required.
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Re: Tamiya 1:32 Scale FG-1 Corsair IV, Lt. Robert Hampton Gray VC, DSC
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2022, 10:58:25 PM »
Gary,
    Thanks for your generous comments, they are very much appreciated. The belts are indeed HGW, I really like their products and far prefer them to the Photo Etched and resin molded variety.
Zac,
    I used A/M canopy masks, Barracuda resin wheels and hubs, some main Markings from EagleCal's Set EC#163 (the "Tail and Serial numbers were produced by a fellow Member here and personal friend on his newly acquired printer), the HGW Belts and a great set of decal Placards and stencils for the cockpit from Barracuda as well. The latter were an exercise in patience however well worth the effort.
    The loss of this aircraft was a sad bit of news. The pilot during its initial period flying with the Vintage Wings group was a fellow pilot here in Cold Lake before he left the RCAF and started his own Aviation Consulting Business. I believe he's also one of the civilian pilots flying the Canadian F-86 in Golden Hawk's livery. I was rather envious when I read that he was, more or less, the main "Driver" of the aircraft! His Test Pilot background certainly brought in a lot of nice "perks"! As an aside I hope someone has the money and desire to put this beauty back into flying condition, it's a real loss to the historical aviation community.
Cheers,
Lance