1/48 Corsair II JT422
This is the Tamiya F4U-1A kit suitably modified to FAA Corsair II standards. I clipped the wingtips, added the 3 fuselage air scoops found on RN Corsairs, and added a British whip antenna set up. JT 422 was a Goodyear built Corsair and as such, is painted in US equivalent colors with a silver prop hub. I finished it with Humbrol enamels and Aeromaster roundels and serial numbers. The white codes came from an Xtradecal sheet, and finally the individual a/c letter “T” was chalked on using an artists pencil. The a/c flew from HMS Victorious during the strikes against the oil refineries in Sumatra and was damaged in a hard landing on 06 Jan 45 by Sub Lieutenant (A) G. W. Wiley, RNZNVR.
As usual, I made a mistake on this one by mixing up the finished seat for this one with a -1A destined to wear USMC markings. Long story short, this kit is sporting American seat belts.
A decent photo of the real thing can be found on page 44 of The British Pacific Fleet, by David Hobbs.
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