Hasegawa 1/48 Vought F4U-4 Corsair

US Navy, VF-193 ‘Ghostriders’, 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.

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