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F4U-1/2 Bird Cage Corsair (1/48 Scale) Aircraft Model Kit

SKU: TAM61046


This is a Plastic 1/48 Scale Chance-Vought F4U-1/2 Corsair Airplane from Tamiya. The Corsair was primarily used as an offensive fighter and ground attack aircraft. Initial versions had poor handling on aircraft carriers and so they served with the Marines off and-based airstrips. Pratt & Whitney R2800 engine required the classic inverted gull wing design for acceptable propeller clearance. Early versions were called "Birdcage Corsairs" due to the heavily framed canopy.


First Flight 1940; later versions served into the 1960's. Highly detailed 1/48th scale plastic kit for static display. Markings included for 1 Navy and 2 Marine aircraft. Approximately 100 parts in light grey and clear with fine recessed panel lines. Optional wing radome parts for radar equipped F4U-2 nightfighter. Cockpit is a work of art in plastic. Highlights: the seat, rudder pedals with foot troughs, detailed side consoles, control stick with linkages, beautifully detailed instrument panel/front bulkhead. Separate flaps designed to be attached in the dropped configuration. Wing outer panels are separate and parts are included to allow the wings to be modeled folded or extended. Wheel wells have ribs and stringers and landing gear is fully detailed. Detailed PW R-2800 engine with parts for open and closed cowl flaps. Single engine, carrier-based, single-seat fighter aircraft.


A single sheet of InvisaClear decals contains aircraft code letters, serial numbers, national insignia, stencils, cockpit instruments, and seat belts. Invisa-Clear decals by Superscale are made using a special process which ensures that a minimum amount of clear film surrounds the coloured part of the decal. Four aircraft: 1: A/C No. 02337, "17-F-13", VF-17 (aboard USS Bunker Hill), USN. Upper Surfaces: Two tone Dark Blue/Intermediate Blue. Lower Surfaces: White w/Dark Blue wing panels outboard of fold line. 2: A/C No. 37242, "20", VMF-213, USMC. Upper Surfaces: Light Blue Grey. Lower Surfaces: Light Grey. 3&4: A/C No. 3212, "212"; and 0246, "205", VMF(N)-532, USMC (nightfighter). Upper Surfaces: Light Blue Grey. Lower Surfaces: Light Grey. Additional paints Required: Flat Colors: Black, White, Yellow, Yellow Green, Green, Flesh, Medium Blue, Sky Grey, Deck Tan, Buff, Olive Green, Red Brown. Gloss Colors: Blue, Red, Yellow, Gunmetal, Chrome Silver.


One 1/48 Chance-Vought F4U-1/2 Corsair Airplane Kit


Assembly Hobby Knife Paint: (see MARKING OPTIONS) Brushes Sandpaper Cement for plastics (TESR3512) Nice-to-have tools: Needle File Set, Sprue Cutter, Airbrush and Accessories


Scale: 1/48 Wingspan: 9-1/4" (23.6cm) Fuselage Length: 8" (20.5cm)