Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D Corsair

By Olivier Barles

Here are a few pictures of my Trumpeter Corsair F4U-1D in 1/32 scale I've just completed.

A lot of work to do as the model proposes a cockpit with a floorboard (when Corsairs did not have one) and lacking many details as well...

Then, the usual work on the engine (adding pipes and cables), some pipes to also add into the landing gear wheels, the closing system of the cowling flaps to build as Trumpeter leaves no choice than having those flaps open (flaps needed also to be shortened as much too long) and it is very observable when the flaps are opened...

I finished by detailing the mechanism used to adjust the mirrors of the sliding part of the canopy and the canopy locking system - all that being very visible on the real plane.

On the markings side and for a F4U-1D, no choice than painting it in full Navy Blue...

Finally, some light weathering job because F4U-1D operated from carriers for not that long (deployment in the very last months of the Pacific War) and they were very well serviced by their crew.

© Olivier Barles 2015

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This article was published on Saturday, April 25 2015; Last modified on Saturday, April 25 2015