1/48 Monogram Pro-Modeler Vought F4U-5N Corsair (Hasegawa Mold)
I just cannot build enough F4U’s, especially the later version models such as this “-5N”. This particular model was sitting in my stash for over 10 years. I had passed it over many times because it was just a “Monogram” kit and did not give it much credit over some of my supposedly better, more complex kits. So I was between some big projects and wanted something relaxing to play with. I am always in the mood for another Corsair so I gave it a second look. After all, despite being a Monogram kit it was the Pro-Modeler version with bonus PE sheet…WOW. Putting my sarcasm aside I opened the box and was surprised at what I found. It was a very sharp set of parts with modern moldings, great details, no flash, great looking decals and finely recessed surface detail. I did a little research on the kit and found it to be a re-issued Hasegawa kit so that gave me more motivation to give it a go. I am glad I did b/c it turned out to be a joy to build.
The overall engineering and parts fit was fantastic. It was just the right combination related to ease of build vs. detail. It just fell together. It is mostly OOB except for a few added parts in the cockpit area to busy it up a bit. You do have 2-choices to build her as a “-5”, or a “-5N”. Some of the differences include the addition of the wing radar, and .50cal guns vs. 20mm. Decals are support the different versions. The only flaw I recall were the sink marks that cover the outside circumferences of the main gear tires. I did not notice them until way to late so I just let them be.
When finished with the assembly it was time to paint, which is my favorite part of any build. I wanted to go with the overall Navy Blue due to ease of painting, but did not want to have a plain mono-chromatic look. So I engaged in a lot of pre-shading followed by multiple tones built up in light layers to arrive at the final color. It still needed more so I “beat her up” with some scratches, dirt, wear, and tear. I also went with the more colorful “Naval Reserve” scheme with the orange bands. I know that reserve units do a better job with overall maintenance and cleaning of their aircraft so I do not think the worn appearance was accurate but I could not resist the temptation. Consider it a bit of artistic license. Another inaccuracy due to my choice of options is related to the installed night-radar unit on the wing. This is because it is my belief that the Reserve unit only flew the “-5” mark and I had her configured as a “-5N”. Please forgive me…LOL! After all I do this for fun and that is just the way I wanted it.
In summary, to all you corsair fans, I cannot recommend this kit enough. I dont think I used a drop of filler anywhere, and the fit is just great. She looks great once built up and it makes for a fun build of a famous fighter. Hope you enjoy the photos and as always please provide comments.
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