F4U-5N Corsair 1/48 Hasegawa
This is the Hasegawa 1/48 F4U-5N Corsair. The cockpit is from Wolf Pack with an Eduard seat some added photo etched seat buckles with tape belts. The engine received a lead wire wiring harness. The elevators are from Pavla. The wing fold is also from Wolf Pack. I made a hinge of brass wire so I can take the wings off to transport otherwise I doubt it would handle a road trip. The wing tip lights are clear acrylic sanded to fit in the cutout notch . The wheels are from Ultracast. I am not aware of any Korean war era Naval Aviator figures other than seated ones from the Monogram F9F and another seated figure from PJ Productions. So, to make a standing figure I modified a Luftwaffe torso from Verlinden because the life preserver is similar, legs from a Verlinden carrier deck crewman, arms from a 70’s era Monogram pilot figure…the helmet had to be modified to make it look like goggles instead of a visor, and a head from my parts box. The belt is tape with a photo etched buckle. The pistol and magazine pouch are from Tamiya infantry set as is the knife, a cut down bayonet. I sliced my finger with an x-acto knife so I had to stop here for now. Looking at the photos I see some little details I missed. Funny how I see those in the photo but missed them on the actual model. I will tweak it a bit more but its basically done. This is Guy Bordelon’s aircraft. The decals are from CAM and wrinkled with Micro Sol and wouldn’t lay down at all.
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