Vought F4U-4 Corsair, Hasegawa 1/48
First completed build of the year. It wasn’t supposed to take this long! Having pulled this one out of the stash last November thinking it would be a quick build, I wasn’t expecting life to intervene as much as it did.
This is the old Hasegawa kit with a True details cockpit and exhaust stacks fabricated from small pieces of brass tubing. The cockpit is a major improvement over the kit offering and was well worth the investment. Kit went together very well with minimal filler needed. The only problem I ran into was the kit decals, which carried the markings I wanted for VMF-323, the Death Rattlers, operating in Korea. Unfortunately, the decals decided not to cooperate, first not wanting to come off the backing, then disintegrating when they did come off. Finally found a set on evil bay that came from an old Mongram offering that worked just fine after an application of Microscale decal film and a lot of Solvaset. Paint is Model Master dark sea blue weathered by drybrushing and light washes. I had intended to hang a napalm tank and 500-pound bomb underneath, but I liked the clean look better , so I left it unladen. The Death Rattlers squadron patch was given to me by a pilot friend who I met while working on a Corsair restoration a few years back. He flew with the squadron in Viet Nam.
Hopefully, the next one won’t take so long.
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