Stanley Winfield ‘Swede’ Vejtasa’s first assignment was with Scouting Squadron 5 (VS-5) aboard the carrier USS Yorktown from August 1939 to May 1942, during which time he shot down 3 Japanese fighters and damaged 1 while flying an SBD-3 Dauntl[...]
29th of May 1940: Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft Division test pilot Lyman Bullard, Jr. took the U.S. Navy’s new prototype fighter, the XF4U-1, Bu. No. 1443, for its first flight at the Bridgeport Municipal Airport, Bridgeport, Connecticut. The hull[...]
Hugh Dundas, only 19 years old on May 28th, 1940 (Group Commander by age 23), experienced his first dogfight. His relaxed demeanour, ‘scruffy’ appearance, and attachment to his dog (below) did not endear him to the esta[...]
Just completed for our IPMS group build display in July. The Corsair has to be a Tamiya kit, built out of the box (seat belts & pilot are permitted) I was surprised to find that this is my fifth build of this kit, with my enthusiasm undimini[...]
the VF-17 "Jolly Rogers" were formed on January 1,1943 at NAS Norfolk under the command of LT. Commander John T. "Tommy" Blackburn as CO and Roger Hedrick as XO...Blackburn was a Buffalo and F4F pilot but VF-17 was the second naval squadron to[...]
This FG-1A was delivered to the Islands with the wing folding part removed , wings bolted shut, wing folding area filled in. Tail hook was removed and area metaled over . Model was painted with Mr color paints . Scheme was one off and had to do [...]
F4U-2 Corsair BuNo.02624 No.212 'Midnite Cocktail' flown by Capt Howard W Bollman, VMF(N)-532, Kagman Field, Saipan, 14 April 1944...two kills
these had the bullet proof glass removed for night visibility
should not have had the blown canopy [...]
Painted free hand with Mr.Paint laquers
Little nasty(tricky) kit, had some problems fitting the half wings. Otherwise, pure joy.
I picked up this little gem last year and have been working away at it off and on for some time.
Despite what Revell says it is more likely to be a F4U -1D, and there is some debate as to whether the makings are right for this time period howeve[...]