Guerre d'Algérie...1/48 Vought F4U-7 Corsair, Aviation Navale

January 14, 2022 · in Aviation · · 9 · 1.4K


After the P-40K, my dad has already finished the next bird in 2022.
boxing of the -7 kit, decals from (Model Design Constructions) and the kit, wheels from Reskit, camo done with Gunze H54 Navy Blue mixed with a touch of blue, EZ line for antenna wires and brake lines, scratchbuilt weapon switches on the IB cover, late style K-14 gunsight taken from a Hobbycraft F8F, "T" shaped antenna on the belly from the sparesbox, triangle antenna on the spine done with plastic sheet because the kit´s one was too small, belly whip antennas with plastic rods. The French Corsairs in the Maghreb usually had a bomb rack on the belly too. But didn´t find a good close-up pic to recreate it.

Build thread here:

The French navy made some good post WW2 use of the , AU-1 and F4U-7, using them in Indochina and North Africa.
Model shows an AU-1 that served with Flotille 17F during the Algerian War from 1954 to 1962 and the Tunisian conflict in July 1961.

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9 responses

  1. Your dad is clearly continuing his excellent builds in 2022, Reinhard @grimreaper
    Beautiful work on this Corsair as well.

  2. Amazing result on your Corsair, Reinhard!

  3. Great look for a land-based, sun bleached Corsair! Superb.

  4. Reinhart @grimreaper
    This has to be the finest French Corsair I have ever seen. Well done and I'll be sure to check the "like" box before I leave.

  5. Great Job! The weathering is wonderful and looks very realistic. I keep looking at my Hasegawa F4U-5N and your build is an inspiration to start my kit.

  6. Unfortunately, an F4U-7 is not an AU-1. They're cousins, not identical twins. The good news is, F4U-7s were used in Algeria, and by Flotille 17. So all that needs changing is editorial with the typo.

    That's good weathering. When F4U-7 BuNo 133722 came back from France 48 years ago, unchanged from when she was removed from service with 17 Flotille, the finish looked a lot like this.

  7. Beauty! I have an Italeri kit in 1/72 of the -7, along with a similar set of decals. You've just provided the reference photos I need!

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