USS Saidor VMF-213 Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1D/FG-1D
At the 1976 Rickenbacker AFB Airshow I saw my first Corsair…love at first sight. The Canadian Warplane Heritage had owned and operated her for years before selling her to Brian Reynolds. Brian owns and operates the Olympic Flight Museum near Seattle. Brian elected to send her to John Lane for a complete restoration. When she emerged it was wearing the colors of VMF-213. Paying homage to her CWH history she was painted as Aircraft 115. As of this post date she has been sold and moved on to new owner in CA.
This model is straight out of the box, I only added P/E seatbelts and cut the tail feathers. This is one fine kit…I’m just amazed at the quality. She’s painted with Tamiya, Mr. Color, and Alclad metal paints. I experimented a lot with this one, using hairspray chipping, salt for fading the prop, and oil paints to fade the actual finish. The only reference photo I have of the original 115 depicts a pretty clean airframe so I didn’t want to over due the weathering. It still needs an antenna, the tires need some “wear” and brake lines. This kit sure makes building fun!
12 additional images. Click to enlarge.