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F4U-1d Corsair

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History
The Vought F4U Corsair is an American fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. Demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought's manufacturing capability, resulting in production by Goodyear and Brewster: Goodyear-built Corsairs were designated FG and Brewster-built aircraft F3A. From the first prototype delivery to the U.S. Navy in 1940, to final delivery in 1953 to the French, 12,571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured, in 16 separate models, in the longest production run of any piston-engined fighter in U.S. history (1942–53).

The Corsair was designed as a carrier-based aircraft but its difficult carrier landing performance rendered it unsuitable for Navy use until the carrier landing issues were overcome by the British Fleet Air Arm. The Corsair thus came to and retained prominence in its area of greatest deployment: land based use by the U.S. Marines. The role of the dominant U.S. carrier based fighter in the second part of the war was thus filled by the Grumman F6F Hellcat, powered by the same Double Wasp engine first flown on the Corsair's first prototype in 1940.[7] The Corsair served to a lesser degree in the U.S. Navy. As well as the U.S. and British use the Corsair was also used by the Royal New Zealand Air Force, the French Navy Aéronavale and other, smaller, air forces until the 1960s. Some Japanese pilots regarded it as the most formidable American fighter of World War II, and the U.S. Navy counted an 11:1 kill ratio with the F4U Corsair.

After the carrier landing issues had been tackled, it quickly became the most capable carrier-based fighter-bomber of World War II. The Corsair served almost exclusively as a fighter-bomber throughout the Korean War and during the French colonial wars in Indochina and Algeria.

History adapted from Wikipedia.
The Model
With the excellent kit of TRUMPETER I tried to represent the aircraft White 167 of Lt.Roger Hedrick of the VF-84, which was active from the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill in the Pacific in 1945.

I want add a little more detail on this very special aircraft, I purchased the excellent set of Grey Matter Corsair engine bay GMALB 3203, and decals No. 32 018 of Techmod. Certain set of Grey Matter intended for the corresponding Corsair of Tamiya. So I had to modify it so that it fits properly in the kit of our own manufacturing .

You can say that I struggled enough at this point . There were constructions as follows : gun bay, engine bay, landing gear cockpit , fuel tank , antenna wireless , cowling and opened some variation panels painted with excellent colors Gunze: H5 Blue, H55 Midnight Blue and the bottom of the vessel H11 Flat White. The interior was painted with H58 interior green and H 4 Yellow GUNZE.

In the end the aircraft sprayed with acrylic matte varnish WINSOR-NEWTON from the series Galleria.
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About the Author

About Christos Papadopoulos (chrispap)
FROM: THESSALONIKI, GREECE / Ελλάδα


Comments

At long last, we present the 5th large scale aircraft from the prolific Christos. Link to Item If you have comments or questions please post them here. Thanks!
NOV 18, 2016 - 12:22 PM
WOW!!! Loving the detail and weathering on this build, awesome work. Cheers, D
NOV 18, 2016 - 04:43 PM
Thank you very much for your nice comments Damian.This build gave me so much pleasure!
NOV 18, 2016 - 08:51 PM
Christos, Another amazing build. The level of your added detail is so far ahead of what I could even think of accomplishing without screwing up the build. Then there is your excellent paint scheme, decaling, coupled with just the right amount of weathering for a well maintained operational aircraft. Well done my friend, very well done. Over the last few years I've paid particular attention to the various 1/32 Trumpeter builds as I'm planning on building both Tamiya kits along with the Trumpeter -1D, and 4. The Trumpeter kits are generally considered pretty accurate except for the wheel well covers and wells them selves as they've got the shape completely wrong. It's a minor detail, but when you spent the countless hours researching and then detailing your build, I just thought I'd pass along this information. Joel
NOV 20, 2016 - 03:27 AM
Dear Joel,thank you very much for your beautiful comments.The most important things of this construction is the research on the subject and then the accesories that I use.In my oppenion the kit of Tamiya is the best because it has better details and it has fewer mistakes.In the other hand the kit of Trumpeter has more mistakes but it offers more accesories.You are right for the wheel covers .Furthermore I want to add that the wheels have a different form in this specific aerplane.Thank you for your imformations.Best wishes Joel!
NOV 20, 2016 - 06:18 AM
Thanks for the great build, this has to be 1 of my favorite planes from the WWII. I have seen the Corsair from the Red Bull Flying Team do a fly by. It was just GREAT.
NOV 23, 2016 - 09:46 AM
Many thanks Ronnie. I agree with you,it is beautiful and wild!You are very lucky that you have seen the Corsair in action.Take care.Christos. LINK (click here and you will see the great kit of Grey Matter Figures)
NOV 25, 2016 - 02:18 AM
Really great results. I like all the details.
NOV 30, 2016 - 05:38 AM
Thank you very much David for your nice comment!I'm happy that you like it!Christos.
DEC 01, 2016 - 03:55 AM
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