F4U-4 Corsair

Kit: Hasegawa
Markings: Impact Hobby Decals' VMF-225/VMA-225 Piston Engine Aircraft
Size: 1/48 scale; 8 1/4 inches long, 10 1/8 inch wingspan
Completed May 2, 2011


   Chance Vought's F4U Corsair was used as an aircraft carrier based fighter plane in the 1940s and well into the 1950s. Distinctive for its graceful "Reverse Gull Wings," Corsairs flew over the Pacific during World War Two and variants were still flying alongside jet aircraft during the conflict in Korea.

   While not very sleek or threatening looking compared to high-tech fighter jets flown today, the Corsair was considered  one of the more successful fighter planes of the Second World War.

Image of the actual aircraft, courtesy Dave Gorman

  My father served in the U.S. Marine Corps, working as a mechanic on Corsairs after World War Two. This is Hasegawa's 1/48 scale kit of the F4U-4 aircraft with markings by Impact Hobby Decals historically depicting one of the Corsairs in my father's squadron.

   The model was built mostly out of the box with few modifications. The spinning propeller is a disk of clear plastic with the "blurred" propeller airbrushed on.


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