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Tamiya 1:32 Birdcage Corsair .... and yes of course it will be Royal Navy!

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On 21/07/2020 at 22:10, Blue Noser said:

I was wondering that as well, because otherwise your first step would be above your mid drift! I did a late mark 1:48 Tamiya build and that did have one. I need to look into more, cant believe that Tamiya would miss that out though.

Duxford is open in a week, I'll be up there, can see if I can spot on the Birdcage thats there.

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Good day again one and all, and welcome to this weeks update. I finally went for it this week, the outer wing roundels were in my sight. First I managed to get some Vallejo Air red and blue and tried this out on a bed of grey primer on my paint mule. The red isn't as dull and the blue is a bit lighter but I don't have the hassles of trying to mix and match darker blue, so this was my test bed with a type B over my old type C

 

 

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I am happy with the way they turned out so went for it on the wings. This involved carefully working out the centres of each roundel and making sure the wings were exactly the same, starting with the red inner

 

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A quick dab of red Vallejo air and Voila!

 

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So far so good, you can see I have crosshairs to line up the centres, I'm not sure these helped much anyway! as subsequent layers were mainly done by the Mk1 eyeball + glasses. I masked off the inner red and for the lower ones went with a dash of white and then a dash of blue, then time for the big unveil, would it look ok?

 

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Hmm I think so! One of the red disks is slightly out of register, but I wont say which one lol, as it may just be my eyesight. So I was happy with them, looking at available drawings they look the right size (right shape!) and in the right position, So getting excited I masked off and hit it with a coat of sky (after applying some preshading) to see how it would all look together and suffice to say I am happy with it! (The ailerons are not permanently installed yet!)

 

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Although close inspection revealed a rogue inkdot that has bled through and wont disappear, Doh!

 

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They both look round and I think blend in nicely so job done! Now for the upper …...

 

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Again nicely done and in register ….but.... I don't like the position of them, I think they are too far outboard. I had trouble tracking down a good reference to do it so with then best available I went for it, after which I remembered this photograph!

 

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This confirmed my suspicions, My outers line up with the edge of the aileron but the example shows it should be about 2 ribs over. So I am pondering now, I don't think I can leave it as the more I look at it the sillier it looks, The coatings so far are thin so I might be able to just prime over it and go again without loosing too much detail. But I am glad I found this picture again as it shows a lot of detail for wear patterns on the wing, mine wont be as worn but I do have a better idea. Any hoo that's as far as I got this weekend, I'm also looking at priming the fuselage and going for the roundels and fin flashes on there. Hopefully more coming soon.

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Bob

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Firstly well done as they look great, and as for moving them, a light prime over the top should be enough 

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Wow, fab job on the roundels, patience and more patience needed, but they look much better than decals. 

Niw you've said, moving in slightly will cure the ocd too, "you'll always know" otherwise. 

Keep up this fab build 

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Yep the OCD got the better of me and I have primed over them, will start the process again tonight but hopefully in a better position! and I might go a little smaller as well, mine scaled out to about 50 inches but I'm thinking they should be more 48? I will see how it looks with the Mk1 eyeball!

Bob

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That photo of that dog-eared Corsair was taken at Mill Meece,about 15 miles south west from me:

http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/FAA-Bases/Millmeece.htm#.XyGMg4pKi1t

It was a training establishment with no airfield or landing strip,so all the a/c's seen on those photographs

must have been roaded in on Queen Mary's.

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I thought I read somewhere else that it was Macrahanish but I guessed it was a training establishment by the dog eared, weary collection and the fact they had to tie the buggers down so no one would nick them 😄, Im thinking the senior rate in front of the port wing is an instructor wondering why matey boy is taking a panel off with a hammer!. Would love to have had a walk around there back in the day!

Bob

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1 hour ago, Blue Noser said:

I thought I read somewhere else that it was Macrahanish but I guessed it was a training establishment by the dog eared, weary collection and the fact they had to tie the buggers down so no one would nick them 😄, Im thinking the senior rate in front of the port wing is an instructor wondering why matey boy is taking a panel off with a hammer!. Would love to have had a walk around there back in the day!

Bob

You would !!!

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Well hello again, I have been tinkering away on this again and went ahead with the respray of the upper wing roundels. As well as bringing them in a couple of mm, I also shrunk the overall size by about 2 scale inches to what I thought was a better looking size. The extra paint didn't really hide much detail so it still looks good. Here they are in their glory.

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I next prepared the fuselage for their roundels and flashes, I gave it a prime as per the wings and then worked out the position and size of them, here we are mid way 

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Its looking good so far, so opted for the outer colours!

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Job done I think! Although if you look close enough you can see where the centre of the masking disc is as I forgot to mask over the compass hole! So I'll let them dry for a day or so, mask them off and then do the top coat after a bit of pre shading. You can also see I have fitted the front canopy after applying the kit provided masks. They fit really nice but my only beef is that despite having spent nearly 3 figures on the kit I have to cut them out manually! I mean Eduard masks aren't that expensive and it seems a bit of a cop out from Tamiya, but never mind, at least they print them accurately. I also used the masks to cut another set to apply to the inside. I didn't want to apply the internal colour to the outside as it gives it a glossy look, OK for smaller scales, but not for a kit this size. After a couple of hours masking I sprayed the inside black and then finished off the front cockpit and secured it on. Ill mask off the rest of the cockpit before going ahead with the external colours. 

I am carrying out an experiment with some painting and wear on my paint mule so in the meantime I need to look at the engine cowling and also the main landing gear. Its all starting to come together now, so hoping to complete this by the end of the month err sorry next month!

Until next time, stay safe!

Bob

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Mick Allen at Turweston and Steve Atkin both re-paint real fighters in the same way that you're doing here Bob.

Primer-mask and paint the markings-mask the markings-paint the cammo.

Good job mate.

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Looking good.  I'm starting to get into painting markings with masks, I'm doing a Spitfire with some masks made for me by one of my fellow IPMS Milton Keynes members who has a cutter.  It's really satisfying, isn't it?

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Thanks for the positive encouragement!

4 hours ago, MikeC said:

Looking good.  I'm starting to get into painting markings with masks, I'm doing a Spitfire with some masks made for me by one of my fellow IPMS Milton Keynes members who has a cutter.  It's really satisfying, isn't it?

I've always been quite wary of doing this mainly because I had never found a satisfactory way of accurately cutting circles. I found an Olfa cutter which is like a compass and I find works well and accurately. I'd love to get one of those expensive, computerised shape cutters, I'd probably never look at decals again lol. My next big project will be a 1:32 Royal Navy Kingfisher which has decals and also masks. I'm going to opt for masks on this one as well as they look better than large decals. I almost feel liberated lol!

Bob

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masks generally work for me when I can get them they are just less faffing about with different chemicals etc 

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5 hours ago, Blue Noser said:

I found an Olfa cutter which is like a compass and I find works well and accurately.

That's what I tend to use for roundels.  I know this link is to a subscription site, but here's my Snipe, all roundels except the fuselage (which are decals), rudder stripes and squadron markings were done with an Olfa compass cutter, Artool Ultra Mask and Tamiya tape for the straight edges.  https://www.scalemodellingnow.com/aircraft-wingnut-wings-sopwith-snipe-late-mc

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Just another quick update for tonight, been tinkering with this over the weekend fitting a few more little bits and pieces. I finally made my mind up about the engine cowling and decided to go for it closed. I just couldn't summon up the enthusiasm to build up all the working mechanisms so a bit of a cop out but I felt I just wanted to keep this build going. So this enabled me to finally get then engine on and start looking at painting the whole thing. I have assembled the front end now but the engine wrap around cowls are just slotted in place for now. They are a good fit loose and I want to have the option to have them installed or removed. I then carefully masked off all my markings so I didn't waste all that time, and I opted for a coat of Aluminium around where the high wear areas will be. I have been experimenting with gentle wear and this is the method I will try on this. A base coat of ally, followed by a varnish coat then a yellow chromate and finally followed by a top colour coat. I experimented with a gentle rub of a cotton bud lightly soaked in nail varnish remover and the effects for this looked quite favourable. So that will be the next couple of days worth of work, in the mean time her is where we are at today.

 

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The main wings haven't yet been fully secured in place, the flaps have been assembled and I just need to paint the wing root areas first then I can install the flaps and finish with the top coat. You can see the extent of which I am going for wear. It'll just be where the pilots and aircrew stand on the wing and kick the fuselage. tail planes are complete but again I need to paint the fuselage first before installing them. The only are I haven't started is the main landing gear. Its all starting to come together now!

Cheers now

Bob

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On 31/07/2020 at 21:49, Blue Noser said:

My next big project will be a 1:32 Royal Navy Kingfisher

Which manufacturer is that?

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Here I am again with another update. Last night I had the bare metal on the wear areas and this afternoon I laid down the Zinc Chromate primer on these areas. I then applied a preshading pattern on most areas but mainly avoiding where I had applied the Zinc. I didn't want to have any black showing through when I did the wear so left well clear of that. This is the upperside before I hit the underside with a coat of sky.

 

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I've not gone too mad over this as the effect when I paint is very subtle. I haven't fitted the rear windows yet, Ill paint the skin behind then fit the windows over. I then flipped her over and applied the Sky, I'm using Vallejo Sky type 'S' for this which is a pretty good look.

 

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I have loosely fitted the closed undercarriage doors for this to protect the wheel wells which are already painted. I know the insides are sky as well but there are a couple of different coloured areas I wanted to protect and Tamiya nicely give us some good fitting blanks to cover that area. I also butchered the tail doors to cover that area as well. The preshading looks quite non existant in this phot but it is quite pronounced if a tad subtle. I also took this time to paint the flaps and tail planes.

 

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Bit of a quick fuzzy pic, but you get the idea. Not sure what to do for the fabric effect yet, maybe mask off the tapes and go lighter, or cover the tapes and go darker. Just want to get a bit of tonal difference for the fabric areas. Although I don't know how to go about it for under the roundels, Maybe I should have preshaded them first? Oh well this is turning into quite a learning experience! I think the next thing to concentrate on is the 7 M on the fuselage side. This will be masked and sprayed so out with the scale rule, calculator and fresh scalpel blade!

 

So until the next time, take care, wash hands and stay safe! :D

 

Laters,

Bob

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 One of the things about doing this build was to find out more of the Pilot, FAA Ace Jackie Sewell. Information regarding him personally is quite sparse from what I can find, including his early Naval Career, age at joining up and age at which he perished. There is a bit more of a comprehensive history of his flying career. I have dug out some valuable information from various sources across the net. Below is an abstract from his time onboard HMS Illustrious flying Fulmars in Sept 1940 to his untimely death. It may seem rather long but is well worth a read. He also crops up in Mike Crossley's biography 'They gave me a Seafire'.

 

Alfred Jack Sewell DSC RNVR

 

FLEET AIR ARM. 8 AND 9 DECEMBER 1941, YELVERTON. FLEET AIR ARM PILOTS.

 

SLt ‘Jackie' Sewell served as a Fulmar pilot on HMS Illustrious in the Mediterranean during 1940-41 usually flying with Leading Aircraftman Denis J. Tribe as his observer.

His first claims came on 2 September 1940 when he claimed two S.79s of 235a Squadriglia, 59o Gruppo BT (this is probably wrong since 235a Squadriglia belonged to 60o Gruppo BT) west of Malta

During the great air strike against Rhodes on 4 September 1940 by Swordfish from HMS Eagle and HMS Illustrious he took part in the Fulmar patrols off the island. At 10.30 Lieutenant Barnes and Sub Lieutenant Sewell of Yellow Section engaged four S.79s, these escaping after each pilot had inflicted damage on them. The same pilots met two more of these aircraft at 11.05, the pair attacking down to 80 yards, shooting one down in flames and damaging a second, while Sub Lieutenant Godfrey damaged the engine on a third. The Italian aircraft shot down was a S.79 of 201a Squadriglia, 92o Gruppo BT. Three more S.79s of 92o Gruppo were also hit during this combat, two of them severely, and they landed with two dead and five wounded aboard.

On 12 October, Regia Aeronautica was out in strength to attack the Mediterranean Fleet.
At 11:45, a Z.501 shadower was shot down, victim of Sub Lieutenants Sewell and Roberts of 806 Squadron. They chased it from 3,000 feet down to sea level where it ditched. They strafed it, but saw no sign of life.
Later a total of 31 SM 79 bombers from Sicily attacked the Mediterranean Fleet, finding the Fulmars from HMS Illustrious up and ready to intercept. The first formation of twelve bombers from 34o Stormo attacked HMS Eagle and the bombs fell so close to the old British carrier that the shock waves were critical in damaging it sufficiently to miss the upcoming Taranto operation for defects in the fuel system. All the bombers came back in damaged conditions caused by AA and possibly by the attacks of Lieutenant O. J. Roger Nicolls' Red Section of 806 Squadron, which at 12:30 sighted twelve SM 79s at 14,000ft. Lieutenant Nicolls (Fulmar N1879) carried out a beam attack on the second section of three and then a stern attack on a lone aircraft. He saw white smoke pour from the starboard engine, and pieces flying off. It was considered unlikely that it could get home.
The subsequent formation composed by ten SM 79s of the 36o Stormo was also attacked by the Fulmars, which this time shot down two machines of the 108o Gruppo and the 109o Gruppo. These were almost surely victims of Blue Section of 806 Squadron, which attacked five SM 79s at 13:50, attacking these at 16,000ft. Lieutenant Commander 'Crash' Evans led Sub Lieutenants Graham Hogg and I. L. F. Lowe into beam attacks, claiming one shot down in flames and forcing a second to ditch; both aircraft were credited as shared by the three pilots. Another SM 79 returned damaged with one dead crew member and two wounded while another SM 79 of the 109o Gruppo, flown by Tenente Giorgio Pieri crashed on Mount Etna while coming back to base and was reputed damaged by the British reaction. In general the Italian crews were unable to claim any hits on the British ships because of the heavy opposition experienced.
A third formation of seven SM 79s of the 34o Stormo attacked Italian ships in error, luckily without causing damage, the commander of the Italian formation was removed from his position at the end of the mission.
Fourteen Ju 87s of the 96o Gruppo and SM 79s of the 105o Gruppo Aut. B.T. failed to find their targets.
It is reported that Sunderland L2164 of 228 Squadron, flown by Flight Lieutenant McCall saved the crew of a shot down Italian Cant Z.501 seaplane. It was reported that after a two hours search, three Italian airmen (2nd pilot a Sergeant Major, observer a naval officer and the wireless operator) were found in a rubber boat, the pilot and the gunner were unable to escape from the sinking plane and were drowned The Z.501 was the one claimed by Fulmar pilots (Sub Lieutenants Sewell and Roberts) during the day and although there is little doubt that it was indeed shot down, it is still unidentified.

On 1 November 1940 patrolling Fulmars from HMS Illustrious were vectored onto ‘shadowers’ and Sewell with L/A Tribe in Fulmar ‘Y’ intercepted two Z.506Bs. They shot one down in flames while the other escaped in a damaged condition.

On 6 November 1940 two convoys sailed for Malta, one from Gibraltar and one from Alexandria, the later with codename MB.8. To provide cover for MB.8 directly and for the other vessels indirectly, four Mediterranean Fleet battleships, two cruisers, HMS Illustrious and thirteen destroyers put to sea. Because considerable aerial action was expected, the carrier also embarked two or three of HMS Eagle’s Sea Gladiators as reinforcements (at least N5513 and N5523) for 806 Squadron’s Fulmars on this occasion.
First action came on 8 November, and it was two of the Sea Gladiators that made the first “kill”. At 12:30, Lieutenant O. J. Roger Nicolls and Sub Lieutenant Sewell caught and shot down a Cant Z.501 of the 186a Squadriglia RM. The Italian aircraft had left its base at Augusta at 09:00, three of the crew were rescued by a Sunderland while the pilot and the engineer died.

At 12:20 on 10 November, a Z.501 from the 144a Squadriglia RM at Stagnone (was shot down by Lieutenant Barnes and Sub Lieutenant Sewell, after chasing it down from 4,000 feet to sea level. It was then strafed.
At 13:30, nine S.79s from the 90o Gruppo, 30o Stormo attacked the fleet. Barnes’s Yellow Section of 806 Squadron again attacked one, which started losing height after being hit in the starboard engine, and claimed it as a shared damaged.

On 10 January 1941, he shot down a S.79 together with Lieutenant R. S. Henley at 10:30. During this combat Sewell’s Fulmar was slightly damaged from return fire but he managed to depart for the carrier and landed successfully. He changed aircraft and was in the air when HMS Illustrious was damaged by a Stuka and he and L/A Tribe landed at Hal Far.

After the damage on HMS Illustrious he operated briefly from Malta.

On 16 January 1941, he possibly claimed a Ju 88 or Ju 87 at 14.55 when 806 Squadron operated from Malta in defence of the damaged HMS Illustrious in French Creek harbour.

On 24 January 1941 Sewell was up in one of 806 Squadrons Gladiators on a meteorological flight when he noticed a string of tracers passing his starboard wings, followed a moment later by a Ju 88 diving towards Hal Far. Sewell followed the intruder down and reportedly shot it down off the coast. Lieutenant Vincent-Jones, who witnessed the action, added:

"From the ground it gave the impression of a terrier yapping at the heels of a mastiff!"

It is possible that this was an Ju 88 (L1+HM) of 4./LG1 flown by Unteroffizier Gustav Ulrich who failed to return from a sortie to Malta during this day.

After the operations from Malta he was stationed on HMS Formidable in the Eastern Mediterranean until that vessel too was damaged.

He made a considerable number of claims during this period and was awarded a DSC.

Underway from Alexandria via Crete to undertake a bombardment of Tripoli, the Mediterranean Fleet sailed into the area between the North African coast and Sicily on 20 April 1941. At 10:43, an unidentified plot appeared on HMS Formidable’s radar to which a section of 806 Squadron Fulmars was directed. These fighters were flown by two of the unit’s most experienced pilot, Lieutenant Commander Charles Evans and Sub Lieutenant Sewell, and the intercepted a trimotor identified as a Cant Z.1007bis, apparently on its way from Cyrenaica to Sicily. This aircraft was claimed shot down as a shared at 11:15.
It seems that the aircraft in question was actually a transport S.82 (MM60325) of the 607a Squadriglia, which had taken off from Benghazi and which was lost with the crew KIA.

By the evening on 22 April, the Mediterranean Fleet was nearing Alexandria, having maintained anti-shadower patrols all day, many being reported but without interceptions being made.
At 17:24 a raid was finally plotted closing with the ships, and two sections of Fulmars were scrambled; these were Ju 88s of III./LG 1 out searching in the area north of Tobruk. Two such bombers were spotted 30 miles from the fleet and at once every available fighter was launched until 14 were in the air by the time the intruders got close. The first pair, from 8.Staffel, were attacked by Green Section of 803 Squadron (Lieutenant J. M. Bruen and Sub Lieutenant D. H. Richards) and Grey Section of 806 Squadron (Lieutenant Henley and Sub Lieutenant Julian Sparke). Bruen’s section forced one bomber to jettison its load and make off into clouds, possibly damaged. The second (Ju 88A-10 WNr 2209), flown by Unteroffizier Gerhart Pfeil, was also seen to jettison its bombs, but was then shot down into the sea by Sub Lieutenant Sparke, Henley’s guns having failed to operate. Lieutenant Jasper Godden, the observer in Bruen’s 6A, N1951, recalled:

“We saw nothing until the Fleet was well on its way back to Alexandria – at about 1700 hours we spent 30 minutes in combat with two Ju 88s. One was shot down – not by us – all I had was a Thompson sub-machine gun – you could see the .45 inch bullets trickling out of the muzzle – the muzzle velocity was so low!”

Black and White Sections of 806 Squadrons also intercepted a lone Ju 88, reported to be a shadower, and this was claimed probably destroyed by Lieutenant Commander Evans, Sub Lieutenant Sewell and Sub Lieutenant Orr (N1988).
No damaged was caused to the fleet.

At 11:48 on 25 May four sections of Fulmars were scrambled from HMS Formidable against incoming intruders.
One section comprising 806 Squadron’s new commander Lieutenant Commander Garnett, with Sub Lieutenant Sewell as his No. 2, encountered a pair of II/KG 26 He 111s. Sewell swiftly shot down Oberleutnant Oskar Klapproth’s 1H+CN into the sea.
Within minutes two Ju 88s of II/LG 1 were spotted and Garnett at once attacked, observing hits. Sewell joined the attack and soon the bomber was in trouble, but at that moment Garnet’s Fulmar was hit by return fire. His observer, Lieutenant Desmond Vincent-Jones recalled:

“We were hit in the engine by the rear-gunner (Gefreiter Günther Peschke) and ditched. Jackie Sewell remained in company and orbited over us until the destroyer Hereward saw us. The Ju 88 ditched about 200 yards away – their dinghy worked, ours didn’t!”

Unteroffizier Heinrich Geisenhoff and his crew from L1+CV were rescued with their victors.

Late in 1942 he commanded 804 Squadron aboard HMS Dasher from October to July 1943 taking part in the North African landings on 8 November 1942.

1837 Naval Air Squadron

Officially formed in the US at US NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, on September 1st 1943 as a single seat fighter squadron under command of Lt. Cdr. (A) AJ Sewell DSC RNVR. Initial compliment was 10 Corsair Is. After familiarization with the aircraft and equipment the squadron began training in earnest to prepare for active service. Training included navigation exercises, low flying, formation flying and combat tactics. Training was not without incidents, the first occurred on 13th Sept when Sub Lt GW Wiley RNZNVR, crashed landed in Corsair JT144, his engine failed due to a shortage of fuel, the aircraft was a write off but the pilot survived. The Squadron then moved to US NAS Brunswick on October 1st 1943 to continue training.

It was 3 days later when tragedy struck the Squadron as their Commanding Officer Jackie Sewell in JT190 and sLt David James Falshaw Watson RNVR in JT198 were conducting a formation flying exercise over Yarmouth in Maine. They collided in mid air, one pilot died instantly the other died while trying to parachute out of his falling plane which came down near Pownal, Vermont, both aircraft burnt out, unfortunately neither pilot survived. Their bodies were never returned to the UK, they were laid to rest at the Military Cemetery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Sewell was credited with 1 and 1 shared biplane victories and a total of 5 or 6 and 7 shared destroyed at the time of his death.

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Was at Duxford Monday (sorry, thought I'd posted this) had a look at their Birdcage, this was the best I could get re access due to everything being parked so close.

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