Soccer War…1/48 Goodyear FG-1D Corsario Fuerza Aerea Salvadorena vs. Vought F4U-5N Corsario Fuerza Aerea Hondurena
So, here are the last two refreshed latinas from 2016.
FAS Corsair: Tamiya kit with Aztec decals, Tamiya and Gunze paints, EZ Line for brake lines, plastic rod for antenna. According to fellow Hyperscaler/Britmodeller Marco, the wheel wells and landing gear were also painted in camo. Got that info too late so my dad kept them the way they were.
The model shows one of the five El Salvadorian Corsairs that took part in the 100 Hours War or Soccer War between El Salvador and Honduras from 14th to 18th July 1969, the last time Corsairs went into battle.
FAH Corsair: Hasegawa kit with Aztec decals, seatbelts added, scratchbuild parts for the armament switches on top of the instrument board, brake lines and antenna wire with EZ Line. The kit includes a 1000lb bomb but the biggest ones the FAH had were 500lb bombs. This one, together with the smaller clamps were taken from a Hasegawa P-51 kit. The “T” antenna on the rear belly was taken from Hasegawa´s ancient F4U-4 kit.
Painted with Gunze H54 Navy Blue. The flags were painted too, only the stars are decals.
The model shows the a/c of Major Fernando Soto Henriquez who became an ace in the war by shooting down two FAS Corsairs and one FAS Mustang on July 19th 1969. Most probably the plane didn´t have the noseart anymore when the war started, but it looks good and I´ve never seen FAH609 done with it so we decided to apply it.
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