Detailed 1/48 scale assembly model kit of the Chance Vought F4U Corsair, a single-seat carrier and land based fighter of the United States NAVY and Marine Corps.
The F4U saw service in both World War II and the Korean War. The Corsair was a formidable fighter aircraft as it was both fast and maneuverable, thanks in large to its Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial (capable of speeds up to 400mph) and advanced aerodynamics. The F4U was universally feared by Japanese pilots, and by the end of World War II, the Corsair had accumulated an impressive 11:1 kill ratio in air-to-air engagements.
This 1/48 scale model kit depicts the F4U1A variant fitted with a wider clear-view two frame canopy and extended rear wheel landing gear shaft.
- Detailed cockpit with one pilot figure.
- Parts to construct optional folding wings.
- Centerline bomb and assorted ordinance.
- Separate flaps can be constructed in up or down position.
- Decals with markings for 2 different aircrafts.
Suggested Paint Colors (not included):
AS-19 – Intermediate Blue (USN)
AS-20 – Insignia White (USN)
AS-8 – Navy Blue (US NAVY)
X-10 – Gun Metal
X-11 – Chrome Silver
X-18 – Semi Gloss Black
X-4 – Blue
X-5 – Green
X-6 – Orange
X-7 – Red
XF-1 – Flat Black
XF-15 – Flat Flesh
XF-16 – Flat Aluminum
XF-19 – Sky Grey
XF-3 – Flat Yellow
XF-5 – Flat Green
XF-52 – Flat Earth
XF-55 – Deck Tan
XF-57 – Buff
XF-58 – Olive Green
XF-7 – Flat Red
After enduring heavy losses to the Japanese Navy's Zero fighters in the
early stages of the Pacific War, the U.S. Navy became focused on developing new
fighters capable of turning the tides of aerial combat. Among those fighters was
the Corsair, first developed to be a high speed, carrier borne aircraft. Built
around the new Pratt & Whitney R-2800 2000hp engine, and turning the
largest propeller ever attached to a fighter plane (4m dia.), this gull-winged
wonder was destined to be a success.
In June 1942, the F4U-1 production models made their maiden flight. However, due to their restricted forward field of view, and because of a propeller wash effect caused them to stall left wing first during low speed landings, they first were used as land based fighters. Succeeding the F4U-1 in the summer of 1943 was the F4U-1A, which was equipped with an extended rear wheel landing gear shaft, a slightly modified glazed canopy, and a small triangular strip of metal bolted to the right leading edge of the wing to equalize the stall and avoid the roll to the left at touch-down.
Despite these improvements, the new F6F Hell Cat was adopted as the main carrier-borne aircraft, and the first combat Corsairs became relegated to land based US Marine squadrons in the South Pacific. Major Boyington and 2nd Lieutenant Hanson of the U.S. Marines, Lt. Kepford of the Navy and other ace-pilots, bravely flew the F4U-1A into fierce air-combats, overpowering the Japanese Zero fighters with tremendous top speed and six 12.7mm heavy machine guns.