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||Osprey Modelling 24 -
Modelling the F4U Corsair, by Brett
Osprey Publishing Ltd
||Soft cover; 80 pages plus covers
GBP£12.99 or USD$17.99 available online from Osprey Publishing
||Process of building well
described at various skill levels; plenty of photographs; interesting schemes; useful
weathering techniques; handy list of reference books; includes colour
Osprey's Modelling the F4U Corsair will be available online from
Here we have a very good introduction to modelling the “Bent-Wing
Mr Green begins with a short introduction to the Corsair's
development history, and a list of variants that takes up two pages all
by itself. Then he discusses the kits available in all scales, with
their plus and minus points and again a list of those available when the
book was written. Next are four pages of reference photographs of
preserved examples, including some very handy shots of engine details.
The first modelling chapter is at Master level, and backdates the
Trumpeter 1/32 scale F4U-1D to an F4U-1 with several resin conversion
and accessory sets and a good deal of scratchbuilding to provide missing
details and improve what’s in the kit. This chapter shows just what can
be achieved by a skilful modeller and provides a standard to aim at.
Like all the other models in the book, the whole process is described
and exactly how to do it is shown in photographs.
Then to start improving your modelling skills there’s a 1/72 scale build
of the Tamiya F4U-1A, at Intermediate level and using only basic
accessories to make small improvements. This is a great chapter for
those wanting to know how to improve their models, giving just the
information they need.
The next model is at Advanced level and converts the Hobbycraft FG-1D to
a Fleet Air Arm Corsair Mk II. Here Brett shows how to use more
aftermarket accessories to good effect in correcting the cockpit and
engine as well as replacing other parts with better ones. An excellent
follow-up to the previous chapter for those wanting to go a bit further
in the detailing process.
An El Salvadorian FG-1D comes next, at Advanced level and again using
aftermarket parts to add or improve the details of Tamiya’s 1/48 scale
F4U-1A. The next build is another Advanced level item, this time
building a Korean War close support F4U-4 by converting Tamiya’s 1/48
F4U-1D with a multimedia conversion set from CMK and several other
aftermarket sets and accessories. Again, it’s a step further in
improving one’s skills.
Going back to Intermediate level for those who don’t feel quite ready to
tackle the previous three conversions, the next model is a simple
upgrade of the High Planes’ 1/72 scale F4U-5 or 5N kit to improve its
details. This is a small company product using low-pressure injection of
the plastic into its moulds, and we are shown very clearly how to deal
with the problems that this kind of manufacture can throw up.
The final chapter has been contributed by Steve Palffy and is again
at Intermediate level and in 1/48 scale. This time we are shown how to
improve Hasegawa’s F4U-7 with a few tweaks using simple methods plus a
set of aftermarket wheels.
Each chapter includes painting notes, and in every case the most
appropriate aftermarket sets and decals are named so following the steps
described will be simple even if the work seems challenging until you
get the hang of it. All photographs are in colour and there’s a handy
list at the end of good reference books and useful websites.
A great handbook for Corsair modellers, and highly recommended.
|Modelling the F4U
Osprey Modelling 24
Author: Brett Green
US Price: $17.99
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: October 10, 2005
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841768804
Review Text Copyright © 2005 by John Prigent
This Page Created on 10 October, 2005
Last updated 27 February, 2006
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