With a highly complex P&W R-2800 engine generating 2,000hp, a 4-meter propeller and striking gull wings, the Corsair was certainly a memorable aircraft; it was effective, too, and was one of the mainstays of the U.S. Navy. The F4U-1A variant was assigned to units from Summer 1943, and featured upgrades such as a semi-bubble canopy (to improve previously limited visibility), plus the ability to carry bombs of up to 1,000lb. It saw a large amount of action in fighting with the Japanese Navy around the Solomon Islands; the Corsair continued to serve through the Korean War in the guise of further variants, the bomber capability pioneered by the F4U-1A proving a most effective addition to the aircraft's inherent ability.
Abou the model.-
This is a 1/32 scale plastic model assembly kit of the F4U-1A Corsair. Fueslage length: 318mm, wingspan: 390mm. ★Features specific to the F4U-1A such as the semi-bubble canopy, starboard leading edge spoiler and extended tail wheel strut are captured with accuracy. ★The model accurately reflects the new F4U-1A seat position and accompanying changes in the cockpit. ★Assemble with flaps and elevators in up or down position as per your preference. ★2-piece engine cowling can be removed after assembly to allow appreciation of the breathtaking engine recreation. ★Aircraft can be assembled in parked or airborne state. ★3 included marking options recreate U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps units.
- Reviewed by Brett Green.- Once again, Tamiya has delivered a truly outstanding model. If you have the slightest interest in the F4U Corsair family, Tamiya’s new 1/32 scale kit will be an essential ornament for your modelling bench. Do yourself a favour and build one soon. Tamiya's 2013 Birdcage Corsair was an outstanding kit, and so is this -1A variant. Advantages: Perfectly moulded; accurate; excellent detail with full engine, cockpit, and wheel wells; wings may be posed either folded or extended; separate control surfaces; positionable undercarriage; updated parts to represent -1A variant; includes display stand. Highly Recommended... (see more at: http://www.hyperscale.com/).
- Reviewed by Rob Benson.- This kit is an excellent value and well worth the price. I enjoyed every second of work on this kit. The number of small parts may be initially daunting. However the parts have near perfect fit right off the sprue. The instruction booklet thoroughly documents all possible kit options in 58 well-illustrated pages. There is very little trimming, cutting, fitting and other distractions from the fun of building. There are nearly 400 plastic parts, about 50 PE parts, a masking sheet, and “flying” display stand hardware. Not all of the parts are used. This kit is excellent. I read many complaints about the cost of the kit, so I kept that perspective in mind throughout this build. One could get more kits for $213 certainly, but the problem-free assembly, excellent fit, high-level of detail, and pure enjoyment make this kit well worth every cent. I give my highest recommendation for this kit... (see more at: http://web.ipmsusa3.org/)
- Reviewed by Tom Cleaver.- Tamiya’s F4U-1 and F4U-1A are definitely the most detailed and accurate Corsair kits yet released in any scale. However, the “miss” with the engine gives an “A-“ rather than “A” grade. For those who love the Corsair, the kit can result in an excellent model, and for those who want to correct all the little details, the result can be an outstanding model. Highly recommended... (see more at: http://modelingmadness.com/).
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