This is a 1/72 Plastic F4U-1 Corsair Model Kit from Academy Plastics. It's for ages 10 and up.
The F4U was designed in 1938 to meet the U.S. Navy's need for a high-speed carrier-based fighter. The governing principle behind the design of this plane was to place the largest possible engine in the smallest frame. This changed the possible landing gear configurations and ultimately resulted in the introduction of the inverted gullwing. While the plane proved to be unsuitable for carrier operation, it was used extensively in a land-based role.
Plastic pieces attached to sprues and molded in light blue..
The surface of the plane is decorated with fully engraved pane lines and rivet detail..
Highly detailed cockpit interior includes a seat and controls..
Authentic engine assembly with propeller..
Modelers have the option of attaching an assortment of bombs and a external fuel cell to the fuselage..
Clear plastic canopy allows close inspection of cockpit..
Detailed pictorial instructions guide you through assembly..
Length: 5" (12.6cm) (approximately)
Width: 6-3/4" (17.1cm) (approximately)
Height: 2" (5cm) (approximately)
One Decal Sheet with Markings for Two Aircraft
1: F4U-1A, VF-17 Squadron C.O., Cdr. Tommy Blackburn, Late 1943
Academy consistently produces model kits that are easy and fun to build without sacrificing detail or accuracy. This Corsair kit is not the most detailed one available, but it is more than adequate; it also fits together beautifully and without any struggles. When I make a model kit I enjoy having plenty of pieces to actually glue together -- the point of the hobby is to build things, after all -- but I also like it when those pieces fit cleanly. The kit offers two canopies, a bomb or a drop tank, and two basic decal choices, which are not the most exciting options. However, I was pleasantly surprised when the decals performed as advertised, since I've had some unpleasant experiences with Academy decals in the past. Instructions are clear, the plastic is high quality, and ultimately it delivers a sturdy, solid little aircraft.
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