Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1 Corsair
Here’s my version of Tamiya’s 1/48 F4U-1 ‘birdcage’ Corsair, finished in the nondescript markings of a Marine squadron based in the Solomons in 1943.
This build was almost straight ‘out-of-the-box’ – the only things added were seat belts, and some brake lines to the main gear. These kits are real treats to build – if you are careful, you won’t have to fill a single seam. I know a Marine Corsair based in the Solomons would be probably not have the wings folded, but I really like the look of a plane with dropped flaps, folded wings, open canopy, etc. I also kept weathering to a minimum, mainly because I don’t know how to portray a heavily weathered effect properly.
These Tamiya Corsairs are clearly the best in 1/48 scale, maybe in ANY scale – I just wish they’d do a -4 version…
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