1/48th Hasegawa F4U-7
Here's my just completed model of a F4U-7 Corsair in USMC markings and it's not a 'whatiffer' but modeled after one I saw and photographed at the USMC Museum in Quantico, VA in May of 1967. The Vought F4U-7 was designed for and flown exclusively by the French Navy but after their service was completed several of them made their way back to the USA. The Quantico museum took possession of F4U-7 133710, still in French markings on arrival. They did some restoration work on it and painted it in spurious USMC markings for display. Eventually it was traded off for another Corsair type the USMC did fly. 133710 went thru several owners and flew the airshow circuit for a while. It was then cosmetically altered to represent an AU-1 and put into the gray/white paint scheme with Quantico markings. Presently it's undergoing repair after an accident but will likely be seen once again flying the airshow circuit.
The model was built with the True Details cockpit and wheels and PE belts from Eduard. It's finished with MM dark sea blue and decals from ye ole decal stash. I was unable to mount the full rocked load as seen in the two photos of the real Corsair. The pylon holes on the model were drilled out according to the indentations on the inside bottom wing halves but later when I attempted to mount the ten rockets I discovered that there was not enough separation between those pylons to allow enough spacing between the rocket fins so I just went with the six rockets instead of the full load of ten. Other than that aggravation the kit went together smoothly.
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