Fleet Air Arm Corsair IV
This is the Tamiya 1/48 scale kit of the F4U-1D Corsair as supplied to the British Fleet Air Arm & represents a Corsair IV in the markings of 1842 Sqn. as flown from HMS Formidable in July 1945. The markings are those adopted by the FAA in the final year of WWII in the Pacific theatre to avoid confusion between the Allies.
My local IPMS club is conducting an ‘out – of – the – box’ competition later this year & I thought I’d get in early. The only extras permitted are after market seat belts & different decals. For this model I’ve used stretched sprue for hydraulic lines & ignition leads & fitted a clear tail light also from clear sprue. My reference photo clearly shows the earlier framed blown canopy & I understand these were fitted to early F4U-1Ds. These Tamiya Corsairs are brilliant , as are the Eagle Cals decals & I look forward to doing more!
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