Greater New Orleans, Louisiana Area Model Maker

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March 15, 2019

The XF4U-3B resin set is designed to be used with the 1/48th scale Tamiya F4U-1/2, -1A, -1D.

Cut the bottom wing where indicated and remove catapult hooks.

Cut fuselage at engraved panel lines. Sand. Super Glue resin fuselage front.

Subassembly after casting runners and plugs have been removed and sanded flush.

Remove engine crankcase locator on kit part A19 and sand flush for new resin crankcase.

Engine with new crankcase (drill hole for propeller shaft before gluing) and cowl flaps in place.

Make a mark on inside cowl lip for the top panel join line. The mark will indicate the top of the cowling after extension is removed. The cowl panels are not the same size.

The extension on the top of the engine cowling will need to be cut off.

Remove casting plug from base of prop hub. Drill hub for prop shaft.

Draw 2 perpendicular lines or use graph paper to make alignment jig for 4 prop blades.

Assemble propeller. Note there is a flat side on each prop blade to maintain proper blade pitch to prop hub. A...

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I built my first model when I was 6 years old. Unbeknownst to me, the kit box had been opened and the instruction sheet and decals were missing. It didn't matter. I had to have a model of the jet that flew over my house as it approached for landing at the Naval Air Station. I built it and painted the markings using the raised decal locator lines. It was messy, but it was mine. And I have had a passion for model making and thinking "Outside the box" ever since.

I was influenced by the film, Star Wars. I liked movies and I liked model building. I had to find a way to combine both into a career. I worked my way through college as a self-employed professional model maker, building architectural and engineering models.

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