1/48 Minicraft F4U-4B VMF-214 Korea
I built one of my Minicraft 1/48 F4U-4B kits with Tamiya 1/48 F4U wing fold hinge parts.
I made resin copies of Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1 oil cooler inlets, then cut out 3 of the vanes to modify them to match F4U-4 inlets. They have a much better shape than the Minicraft ones.
I used a resin copy of the Hi-Tech late P&W2800 crank case and magnetos on the kit engine.
The Minicraft kit fuselage is incorrect from the firewall to the rudder. Too wide, and the rudder is not offset. I thought I had taken pictures of how I modify the fuselage to correctly get the rudder to be offset and the fusealge to be correct in cross-section, but I could not find them to attach to this article- will have to see if I can find them and add them later!
I used vac canopies to replace the kit canopy parts (since they were too wide anyway!) by using F4U-4 vac canopy main sections and the windscreen out of the F4U-5 replacement canopy set of the Squadron replacement canopy sets. The F4U-4 set has straight windscreen frames, but the correctly bulged canopy part.. no choice but to use the F4U-5 canopy windscreen as they should have tapered frames.
I used the True Details F4U-4 replacement cockpit, and added a reflector to the gunsight.
I also used two HVARs from the Hasegawa late Corsair kit, and 250lb bombs from the Monogram Panther, with one Hi-tech 500lb bomb with etched fins, and a Hasegawa drop tank.
Wheels are resin copies of the Hasegawa F4U-4 resin wheels included in some boxings they released. Tail wheel is a Tamiya corsair kit added to the modified Minicraft tail wheel gear. I cut out the floor of the tail wheel bay, which meant I had to modify the kit leg to look more realistic. Prop is a spare Tamiya P-47 Prop.
Thanks for looking!
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