F4U-1A, wheels down, flaps down, hook down.
This is the 1/48th scale Tamiya Vought F4U-1A Corsair. The markings are from Superscale Decals sheet number 48-501.
‘Big Hog’ VF17, USS Bunker Hill. Aeromaster paint was used for the main colours.
After looking at photos of Corsairs coming into land, I changed the following:-
I cut the main undercarriage into two sections, and rejoined them using a small diameter twist drill bit as an extension to represent the undercarriage hanging down.
The hook was lowered.
I cut the rudder from the fuselage, and reattached it slightly to the right which compensated for the engine torque during landings.
The horizontal stabiliser was removed and reattached slightly up.
I used lead foil to represent the pilots harness over his shoulders.
The Eduard Corsair zoom set was used for the instrument panel, cockpit detail and some of the undercarriage detail.
Lowered flaps option come with this kit, so I didn’t need to touch these.
The base is Perspex, painted black from underneath.
I made this model when it was first released in 2000. I still don’t know why I didn’t do anything with the propeller. Maybe I should have waited for the motorised version that followed shortly after.
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