F4U-1A Corsair Arii 1/48
Hi all , it’s been a while since my last posting but here we are. This is an Arii kit of the brilliant F4U Corsair, it seems strange for me to say that as a lifelong modeller I’ve never built one of these before in any scale so when I saw it on a traders stand for a very reasonable price I picked it up.
O.K. , the kit – it is quite a basic kit and not in the same class as the Tamiya Wildcat that I was building at the same time , that one has now been parked up in the hangar awaiting paint and decals as the aircraft I want to build is on a different decal sheet ,”Yanks with roundels Pt 2″, and that sheet is currently sold out at Hannants, anyway I digress, the kit is a little basic with recessed panel lines which are way to faint to highlight without re-scribing (I couldn’t be bothered!) there is no tailwheel well interior and the engine could be a lot better but on the plus side the fit of all parts was great, the wings located nicely and the pilots office was good enough with the closed canopy, I added a pilots harness made from Tamiya masking tape cut into thin strips and that was all. I bought the decal sheet “Yanks with Roundels Pt1” which comes with full sets of markings for two different FAA Corsairs ,an FAA Grumman Avenger (Tarpon) a Grumman Hellcat and a Grumman Wildcat also FAA, though not the one I want to build, so very good value at under £10 and at some point I can build some of these aircraft in FAA markings as well. the kit also comes with a really nice glossy full colour print ,the instruction sheet is all in Japanese which looks great and was not a problem, all in all a nice little retro kit and I can recommend it to anyone fancying a nice ,simple, no pressure build.
I added a picture of the Corsairs massive prop’ next a Spitfire prop’ and a Wildcat for comparison.
P.S. I need to thank Jim Sullivan for the very helpful information he supplied during the painting and finishing stage -Cheers Jim !
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