Hasegawa 1/48 Vought F4U-4 Corsair

VF-193 ‘Ghostriders’, US Navy, USS Princeton 1951

Hasegawa’s F4U-4 is of an older vintage than their later Corsair models, of which I have four. This was the first model I consider to have successfully rescribed; the kit does have raised panel lines. I built this straight from the box and it went together with no problems. It’s a nice, simple kit with no vices. I used Humbrol enamels for the glossy sea blue finish and light blue trim, and then a coat of Johnson’s Klear. A brown oil wash was used and then the kit decals applied, followed by a coat of matt varnish. The exhaust was sprayed, and although it seems a bit OTT at first glance, a photo I have of this very machine shows the exhaust staining to be very extensive and quite a light shade of brown. At this stage in my modelling career my finishing was still quite patchy — note the canopy framing is still glossy whereas the rest of the airframe is matt/satin.

Year bought: 1998 (Model Zone, Guildford)

Year built: 1998 (Send Marsh, Surrey, UK)

© Copyright 2004. All Rights Reserved. Jonathan Bryon.


  1. James d Wyrick · April 4, 2018

    My late father, Commander, USN, James Woodrow Wyrick, flew the F4U-4 just after WW2.
    He loved it, and said that “you just had to watch it.”
    I suppose that he meant that the pilot had to be careful of the prop’s torque, which would tend to throw the craft off to starboard as it cruised.
    You might find Dad’s history by googling “James W Wyrick USN Enterprise Battle of Santa Cruz”.
    Best, and keep history alive!
    Jimbo Wyrick

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  2. john sexton · March 5

    I served on USS Princeton as Flight deck AB and all of Korean War , VF153 was assigned to CAG 19

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