Vought F4U-1A Corsair Fighter Aircraft

In June 1942, the F4U-1 production models made their maiden flight. However, due to their restricted forward field of view, and because of a propeller wash effect caused them to stall left wing first during low speed landings, they first were used as land based fighters. Succeeding the F4U-1 in the summer of 1943 was the F4U-1A, which was equipped with an extended rear wheel landing gear shaft, a slightly modified glazed canopy, and a small triangular strip of metal bolted to the right leading edge of the wing to equalize the stall and avoid the roll to the left at touch-down.

Tamiya Vought F4U-1A Corsair Fighter Aircraft Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #61070
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Tamiya Item # tam61070
Features :
  • Two figures (seated and standing) included.
  • Equipped with an extended rear wheel landing gear shaft.
  • Selectable external props.
  • Weapons included.
  • Extended and folded wings.
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"Corsair F4U-1a"
I generally enjoyed making this kit. As a novice builder, I liked the straight forward instructions and assembly involved. There were some rough spots with the wings not comfortably fitting in regards to the fuselage, but it was overcome with a dabbling in application of putty and some sanding. After making a couple of Japanese planes, I was struck at just how much the Corsair dwarfed the former. This kit also includes a staggering amount of decals for all three different versions you have the option of making.

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  • Two figures (seated and standing) included.
  • Equipped with an extended rear wheel landing gear shaft.
  • Selectable external props.
  • Weapons included.
  • Extended and folded wings.


  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9-1/4" (23.6cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 8" (20.5cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61070


1/48 Vought F4U-1A Corsair plastic model kit

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"Corsair excellence"
Another great model for the price. Tamiya rarely fails at putting forth a good product and this version of the Corsair is no exception. The fit was excellent going together with no problem and a minimum amount of putty being used. The wing joints need some extra care and attention to get them to set properly but that was the biggest issue I had. As always, a good look at the instruction sheet before beginning will allow the builder to rejig the assembly order in order to avoid finishing issues. A pretty good selection of stuff is available to be hung underneath and the decal sheet is excellent. Cheers, Jeff

"Fantastic F4U-1D kit"
On opening the kit, the first impression is of the fine details, scribed panel lines and overall quality that has become Tamiya's hallmark. The overall parts count is higher than ancient Monogram F4U of the '70s, due to the great amount of detail Tamiya has provided. What a difference 40 years makes! Following the well-written instructions results in an easily assembled and very detailed model. The parts fit is excellent, and no putty was required. If the folded wing version is desired, the outer wing panels should be left off till final assembly, as with the outer panels glued onto the folding mechanism, the wing fold spar that connects the outer panels to the inner panels would be easy to break. The finished model is simply a gem, and sets the standard for 1/48 Corsair models.

"Fun to build corsair"
kajoe55 (Indiana)
Anyone is has seen my reviews will know I think Tamiya makes some of the finest kits in the business. The Corsair is exceptionally fun to build, paint, and makes into a model you will be proud to display. The build, and the instructions are easy, but my model came with options not discussed or identified. I wasn't sure if this was for a different version or not. For example there are two rudder pedal assemblies so I stayed with the guidance and built the ones called for. Dry fit the wings once assembled to the fuselage as I had a slight problem with fit. My model was finished in the three color Navy/Marine scheme and could have made it easier on myself if I had done the engine cowling with the engine exhaust flaps so they matched up perfectly. The decals proved a bit more challenging than I remember other Tamiya kits as the national emblem on the wing actually tore (easy to match up and fix) as did the black walkways for the flaps connecting to the wings. I plan on putting some pictures of it on HobbyLinc, as this was built for a fellow USAF member who used to be a Marine and who has actually seen a wrecked Corsair on Guam. I think it is one beautiful aircraft and plan on buying another for my own collection. Its highly recommended and as always enjoy the build and have fun, especially if you need a break from a more difficult project.


  • Decal Options:
  • 1): 122, Star Insignia, Stripe Insignia.
  • 2): Skull/Crossbone Insignia, Star Insignia, Big Hog, Hand Grip.


Please keep all small parts and sharp edges away from children ages 3 and under.

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