The F4U-1 Corsair is a unique aircraft, with its characteristic inverted gull-wings, powerful 2,000hp engine and massive propeller. Its powerful 12.7 mm machine guns made the Corsair a formidable opponent for the Japanese Zero Fighters. In October of 1940, it was the first American fighter to achieve a speed of 400 mph. Initial production models of the aircraft featured a striking canopy called the 'Birdcage.'
In order to capture the aircraft as accurately as possible, Tamiya designers not only inspected, measured and examined the real aircraft at five different museums across North America, they were also given access to Northrop-Grumman's blueprints. The result is a highly detailed and precise 1/32 scale model of the legendary F4U-1 Corsair.
- 1/32 scale assembly kit with photo-etched parts and decals included
- Main landing gear may be assembled in raised or retracted position
- Armament includes Mk. XLI bomb rack
- 2 pilot figures; 1 seated and 1 standing
- Synthetic rubber tires with authentic tread pattern
- 3 sets of markings (17th Fighter Squadron, U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, Bunker Hill, 1943; #213, United States Marine Corps, New Georgia, 1943; #215, United States Marine Corps, New Georgia, 1943), painting guide and masking material for 'birdcage' canopy
- Model stand to depict the aircraft while airborne
- 12-page commemorative booklet
- Removable 2-piece engine cowl
- Extra parts to assemble canopy in open or closed position
- 2 sets of rear fuselage parts to recreate initial production or late production aircraft
- Fuselage length: 15.35 inches (390 mm); Wingspan: 12.52 inches (318 mm)
Tamiya kit no. 60324