F4U1 Corsair Fighter

This is the Academy F4U-1 Corsair 1/72 scale plastic model airplane kit.

Academy F4U1 Corsair Fighter Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/72 Scale #12457
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 5" (12.6cm) (approximately)
  • Width: 6-3/4" (17.1cm) (approximately)
  • Height: 2" (5cm) (approximately)
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"Usual Academy fare"
Just enough detail to make it worthwhile. Great fit, very little flash. Nice kit. Recommend for beginners.

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  • 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..


  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 5" (12.6cm) (approximately)
  • Width: 6-3/4" (17.1cm) (approximately)
  • Height: 2" (5cm) (approximately)


One 1/72 Plastic F4U-1 Corsair Model Kit

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"First Kit by Academy"
Oscar M
This is the first kit I have purchased made by Academy. I am getting back into the hobby after 30 years away. Overall fit and finish are good. Very pleased with the detail on such a small scale kit. I look forward to building more kits by Academy.

"Academy's Corsair"
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.


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.


  • One Decal Sheet with Markings for Two Aircraft
    • 1: F4U-1A, VF-17 Squadron C.O., Cdr. Tommy Blackburn, Late 1943
    • 2: VMF-212, Capt. P.C. Delong, 1945
  • Airframe Colors
    • 1: Flat Navy Blue, Medium Blue, Flat White
    • 2: Gloss Navy Blue
    • Detail Colors: White, Black, Yellow, Silver, Metallic Gray, Clear Red, Clear Blue, Clear Yellow


  • Keep small parts and sharp edges away from children..
  • Care should be taken when using tools and modeling knives..
  • Modeling paint should only be used by an adult in a well-ventilate area..

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