“Nose Art Group” (almost)
Taking a break from all of the excitement going on around here right now, the YouTube shooting within view from my home and with helicopters hovering over my house I decided to post this.
This is an (almost) “Nose Art Group” build, Marking on the side is close. This is an F4U-1 Corsair flown by 2nd Lieutenant Kenneth Walsh while with VMF-124 out of Munda, New Georgia in August of 1943. The markings for this are shown in the Squadron Signal F4U in Action, by Jim Sullivan, page 13. The decals are from the excellent BarracudaCals decal sheet. I don’t need to go into the quality of the Tamiya kit except to say it is excellent.
I had the privilege to meet and have a lengthy lunch with Ken Walsh in 1989 at the Marines Memorial Club in San Francisco. He was indeed a true gentleman. He began his USMC flying career as an enlisted man and we got along famously as we were both, at one time, USMC corporals. We stayed in contact up to the time of his passing. I tried to include a photo of us at the Marines Memorial. He was there to autograph a painting of his aircraft painted by a very talented artist, Larry Lapadura.
10 additional images. Click to enlarge.