1/32nd FG-1A Corsair
I suspect most any modeler who has been at it for a while decides to take on a challenge to do something a bit off the beaten track. I've always been attracted to the F4U Corsair and have lost track of how many of them I've built over the years. Back in the late 60's when Revell released their 1/32nd F4U-1A I was absolutely delighted and build several of them and even more as the years went by. Actually for its time it was a pretty good kit. But as time passed and the state of the modeling art progressed it became obvious to me that the Revell offering was pretty much spartan with little interior detailing. Still, the exterior was very much a Corsair. So, recently I decided to see what I could do with that kit using it as the basis for a build and incorporating some of the available after-market parts currently available. The finished model seen in the pictures below is the result of my efforts to produce a respectable Corsair from that kit. The finished model represents an FG-1A from VMF-114 as seen on Peleliu in October of 1944. The build was accomplished using the Lone Star resin wheel wells (which required some very tedious trimming to make a proper fit) and Mike's wheel and tire set and tail wheel doors. The cockpit interior was from True Details. I used the resin prop offered by Two Mikes. I 'pirated' the engine and flaps and main wheel well doors from the Trumpeter F4U-1D kit and the Brewster bomb rack and 500-lb bomb from the Tamiya F4U-1A. The decals consisted of the National Insignia's from the Fundekals sheet which are among the finest decals I've ever worked with and I highly recommend their decal sets. The white numbers were from ye ole decal stash box. The black lettering decals on the front landing gear doors and tail were done for me by a fine modeler and most generous helpful person, Pip Moss. The model is airbrushed with Model Master enamel paints.
The final photo in the pictures below is the actual aircraft I was modeling. I realize my model doesn't reflect the degree of weathering seen on the real plane. Frankly weathering a model is a skill I have yet to acquire without botching it up so I opted to leave it in a pretty clean condition. Note that the antenna arrangement is different from what is normally seen on that version Corsair but the Corsairs from VMF-114 were rigged that way, at least from the time period that photo was taken.
Any comments and/or questions are welcome.
10 additional images. Click to enlarge.