Vought F4U-1A Corsair

    Vought F4U-1A Corsair

    Plastic model kit from TAMIYA, for the assembly of an US aircraft Vought F4U-1A Corsair of the WW II, on 1/48 scale

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    Plastic model kit from TAMIYA, for the assembly of an US aircraft Vought F4U-1A Corsair of the WW II, on 1/48 scale. Includes sprues with plastic parts, assembly instructions, clear parts and decals.

    The Vought F4U Corsair is an American fighter aircraft which saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. Designed and initially manufactured by Chance Vought, the Corsair was soon in great demand; additional production contracts were given to Goodyear, whose Corsairs were designated FG, and Brewster, designated F3A. The Corsair was designed and operated as a carrier-based aircraft, and entered service in large numbers with the U.S. Navy in late 1944 and early 1945. It quickly became one of the most capable carrier-based fighter-bombers of World War II. Some Japanese pilots regarded it as the most formidable American fighter of World War II and its naval aviators achieved an 11:1 kill ratio. Early problems with carrier landings and logistics led to it being eclipsed as the dominant carrier-based fighter by the Grumman F6F Hellcat, powered by the same Double Wasp engine first flown on the Corsair's initial prototype in 1940. Instead, the Corsair's early deployment was to land-based squadrons of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy. The F4U-1A was a mid-to-late production Corsairs incorporated a new, taller, wider canopy with only two frames along with a simplified windscreen. The pilot's seat was raised 7 in (180 mm) which, combined with the new canopy allowed the pilot better visibility over the long nose. Three hundred and sixty F4U-1As were delivered to the Fleet Air Arm.

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