【 A Unique Aircraft 】 The Corsair was originally developed by the American company Vought in response to a February 1938 request for proposal for a carrier fighter aircraft by the U.S. Navy. Designed to surpass even land-based fighters, it featured a 2,000hp engine and massive 4-meter propeller and - most memorably - a unique inverted gull wing. This first version of the Corsair (which means "pirate") was given the nickname "birdcage" due to the large frame sections used in the canopy structure. Thrown into front line action from February 1943 onwards, the aircraft took part in the U.S. military's counter-offensive which was based in the Solomon Islands; it was mainly used by the U.S. Marine Corps and used an advantage in speed and armor over the Japanese Zero fighter to prove a valuable weapon in the arsenal of the U.S. military.
【 About the Model 】 Plastic model assembly kit of the F4U-1 Corsair. ★1/32 scale. Fuselage length: 318mm, Wingspan: 390mm. ★Features faithful recreations of fuselage, unique inverted gull wing and large propeller, and more. ★Inverted gull wing can be assembled in folded or extended position as the modeler chooses; details on the inside of the fold joint are also captured accurately. ★ Choose between up or down elevators and flaps. ★Two-part engine cowls can be removed from the model, even after completion. ★Select retracted or deployed main landing gears and tail wheel. ★Includes two figures depicting the pilot, one seated and one standing. ★Comes with 3 sets of markings to depict U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft. ★The set includes a full-color, 12-page booklet detailing the history of the Corsair line of aircraft.
■Instantly-recognizable inverted gull-wing features excellent attention to detail.
■1/32 scale enables even more precisely-molded parts.
■Main landing gears and tail wheel can be assembled in deployed or retracted positions. A stand is included to depict the plane in flight.
■Choose open or closed "Birdcage" canopy, with separate parts to create open or closed rear window.
■Clear parts recreate the window in the bottom of the floorless cockpit, and are also used on instrumentation panel, lights and more.
■This picture of the underside of a model Corsair in flight shows an example with bomb racks attached.
■Inverted gull wing can be constructed in folded or extended position as the modeler desires.
■3-piece flaps and elevators can be recreated in up or down positions.
■Model even features precise detail on the inside of the wing fold joint. Synthetic rubber tires feature realistic tread patterns.
■2-piece engine cowling can be removed after completion, while cowl flaps can be depicted open or closed.
■Beautiful molding on the P&W R-2800 engine showcases its details. Cylinders and covers are recreated using separate parts.
■Realistic recreations of the main landing gear extend to its housing. The underside window is also a point of interest.
■Gull wing root air intakes feature separate parts to recreate airways and oil coolers, with photo-etched parts provided to depict oil cooler mesh.
■Separate parts recreate the identification and navigation lights.
■2 upper rear fuslage panels included to recreate initial and late versions of the aircraft.
■Kit includes both standing and seated pilot figures.
■Comes with photo-etched parts to recreate seatbelts and more, plus masking stickers to aid with painting the canopy.
■12-page B5 bookelt contains a written history of the Corsair line, plus detailed color images of the aircraft.
■Contains dedicated parts for both extended and folded gull wing, allowing appreciation of their construction. (Image shows parts pre-assembly.)
■Fine molding captures rivets and panel lines on the face of the fuselage. (Image shows parts pre-assembly.)
■Tail wheel can be assembled in retracted or deployed position. Details such as the interior bulkheads have been accurately reproduced. (Cross-section model in image is for demonstration purposes only.)
U.S. Navy VF-17, USS Bunker Hill, 1943
U.S. Marine Corps VMF-213, Munda, Solomon Islands, 1943
U.S. Marine Corps VMF-215, Munda, Solomon Islands, 1943