Production of the Corsair began in 1942, a lightweight fighter paired with the most powerful engine then available. It was used successfully as a carrier-based fighter bomber by the US Navy and Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War 2. It had a distinctive front profile with its inverted gull-wings, necessary to give enough ground clearance for the large propeller. A total of 12,681 Corsairs were produced. This model showcases squadron VMF-312 which had distinctive 'checkerboard' markings. In honor of Major Richard M. Day, the men nicknamed the squadron 'Day's Knights.' They were later known as the 'Checkerboarders.' Marine Fighting Squadron 312 (VMF-312) was commissioned at Page Field, Parris Island, South Carolina on June 1st 1943. VMF-312 is still active today as VMFA-312.
A unique, full-color nameplate is included in this magnificently detailed model. Unlike diecast metal, finer detail can be molded in plastic, and this Easy Model 'Platinum Collectible' aircraft is sure to be a valuable addition to any 1/72 scale collection or diorama.