Four Kit Corsair
by Alan Greenstadt
I started research and work on the Corsair in New Orleans and finished it here in Los Angeles. The photos I took at the air show held at the Naval Air Station in Belle Chase, Louisiana helped a great deal.
I used the Trumpeter and three Revell 1/32 kits to create this model.The reason I used three Revell kits has to do with how poor they are. After I initially got started, I decided to scratch build a lot of the model, as the quality of the Revell parts was not very good. After several abortive tries at different parts of the plane, along came Trumpeter. By then I had moved to L.A.
The landing gear are scratch built, primarily from Evergreen styrene plastic. Most of the cockpit detail came from a resin molding company called Lone Star Models, with touches here and there (belts hardware gauges etc.) from Waldron.
The canopies were a real challenge so I simply removed the “glass” and kept the frame on the sliding portion. This gives a better view of the cockpit. Paint is Tamiya except for the cockpit which is Humbrol
Anyone considering the trumpeter kit should be aware that the wings really only work in the folded position. As I had parts from the Revell kit, I got one wing down. Also, the thickness of the larger surfaces on the Trumpeter requires bracing here and there, and scribing panel lines should be approached with caution.
Photos by Alan Greenstadt