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 during World War Two and variants were
still flying alongside jet aircraft during the conflict in Korea. While
not very sleek or threatening looking by today's high-tech fighter jet
standards, the Corsair gained a reputation for being one of the fiercest
fighter planes of the Second World War.
Image of the actual aircraft, courtesy
During a recent conversation with my father, he talked about his service
with the U.S. Marine Corps, working as a mechanic on Corsairs after the
war. This is Hasegawa's 1/48 scale kit of the F4U-4 aircraft with markings
Hobby Decals historically depicting one of the Corsairs from my father's
| 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.
You can read a tutorial about the building of this model HERE.
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by Ed Dietrich