OK everyone……….. I have made a HUGE mistake and want to correct this before it goes any farther…….
In my last post I mentioned the outer wings were supposed to be metal covered. To sum it up easily, I was WRONG !!!
The outer wing panels were not covered with metal until Vought produced the next model, the F4U-5. I was looking online and saw what was written on Wikipedia and here is what they had to say…………
I was not believing what I was reading, and at the same time learned something new here, (so that part was cool). All of my life I thought the outer wings were covered with metal starting on the F4U-4. Oops, my bad !!!
So in order to confirm this, I looked at one of my many books on the F4U. Here’s what our fellow Imodeler and Corsair “Guru” Jim Sullivan had to say about it in one of his earlier books on the Corsair. It seems that Wiki got it right………….and this was confirmed by Jim, but most likely it was the other way around. Jim’s book was out decades before Wiki came into existence, so the credit goes to Jim in my book…….. Jim is always the “Go-to” guy about anything Corsair related.
So if I have caused anyone confusion that was not my intent………..
This is also backed up with photographic evidence. Here are some pictures to prove what I am saying. Look at these F4U-4’s They obviously have fabric covered outer wing panels.
The plane flying in formation alongside this Corsair with the wheels down also obviously has fabric covered outer wings. Going by the US Stars and Bars, and the location of the outer / upper wing light, this plane is also most likely a F4U-4………
This last photo I just had to put in here………….. Many of you have heard here on Imodeler, that all US Navy aircraft were quickly touch up painted if any bare metal was exposed while serving on duty……. This next color photo shows that this is not always the case………… This Corsair is obviously tied down on a US aircraft carrier deck……….. and it has plenty of bare metal exposed, as do the others parked behind it.
So it pays to check your references, do a little digging, and not believe everything you hear……especially from those self proclaimed “Experten” who often get it wrong…
Having read this news in various places, and having photographic proof to confirm what I just read about the cloth covered wing panels on the dash 4 series of Corsair I suddenly had a wonderful thought.
I DON’T have to fill in the wings with putty after all, so that’s a big time win for me……
Here’s the final verdict on the wings in this version of the Hobby Boss kit.
They look good to me, but I didn’t check on things like scale measurements or position of things like the navigation lights or landing lights and things of that nature. You can look at the photos of the kit parts I provided and make your own judgement. They look good enough “as is” for me. Hope this helps.
As always, comments are encouraged.