Tamiya 1/48th scale Chance Vought F4U Corsair built and painted by Everard Cunion in July 2020
The finished model has a ten inch span and is eight inches long. A pilot is included with the kit, but the ‘spinning’ propeller — a disc of transparent plastic — is not. However, the latter is easy enough to make. I use a soldering iron to make the center hole to fit of the hub, which is the kit’s propeller with the blades removed.
I used acrylic paints, including the Hataka Early US Navy & USMS paint set in their ‘blue line’ range, which is optimized for brush application, which I use, rather than airbrush. Expensive, but excellent.
Unlike many kits, the undercarriage doors of this one fitted almost perfectly in the closed position. Unfortunately, the model is ‘optimized’ for building with folded wings and flaps deployed, which caused me problems in those areas.
The Corsair is one of the larger single-engine aircraft of World War II.
The early war color scheme of some Marine Corps Corsair squadrons featured a division between the top and underside colors high on the fuselage sides.
Phantom over Vietnam, John Trotti’s F-4 in 1/48th scale, also in U.S. Marine Corps service