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1/32 Aircraft Series No.24
1/32 Vought F4U-1 Corsair® "Birdcage"
Item No: 60324

Length: 318mm. Image shows assembled and painted kit.

A Unique Aircraft
The Corsair was originally developed by the American company Vought in response to a February 1938 request for proposal for a carrier fighter aircraft by the U.S. Navy. Designed to surpass even land-based fighters, it featured a 2,000hp engine and massive 4-meter propeller and - most memorably - a unique inverted gull wing. This first version of the Corsair (which means "pirate") was given the nickname "birdcage" due to the large frame sections used in the canopy structure. Thrown into front line action from February 1943 onwards, the aircraft took part in the U.S. military's counter-offensive which was based in the Solomon Islands; it was mainly used by the U.S. Marine Corps and used an advantage in speed and armor over the Japanese Zero fighter to prove a valuable weapon in the arsenal of the U.S. military.

About the Model
Plastic model assembly kit of the F4U-1 Corsair. ★1/32 scale. Fuselage length: 318mm, Wingspan: 390mm. ★Features faithful recreations of fuselage, unique inverted gull wing and large propeller, and more. ★Inverted gull wing can be assembled in folded or extended position as the modeler chooses; details on the inside of the fold joint are also captured accurately. ★ Choose between up or down elevators and flaps. ★Two-part engine cowls can be removed from the model, even after completion. ★Select retracted or deployed main landing gears and tail wheel. ★Includes two figures depicting the pilot, one seated and one standing. ★Comes with 3 sets of markings to depict U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft. ★The set includes a full-color, 12-page booklet detailing the history of the Corsair line of aircraft.


■Instantly-recognizable inverted gull-wing features excellent attention to detail.

■1/32 scale enables even more precisely-molded parts.

■Main landing gears and tail wheel can be assembled in deployed or retracted positions. A stand is included to depict the plane in flight.

■Choose open or closed "Birdcage" canopy, with separate parts to create open or closed rear window.

■Clear parts recreate the window in the bottom of the floorless cockpit, and are also used on instrumentation panel, lights and more.

■This picture of the underside of a model Corsair in flight shows an example with bomb racks attached.

■Inverted gull wing can be constructed in folded or extended position as the modeler desires.

■3-piece flaps and elevators can be recreated in up or down positions.

■Model even features precise detail on the inside of the wing fold joint. Synthetic rubber tires feature realistic tread patterns.

■2-piece engine cowling can be removed after completion, while cowl flaps can be depicted open or closed.

■Beautiful molding on the P&W R-2800 engine showcases its details. Cylinders and covers are recreated using separate parts.

■Realistic recreations of the main landing gear extend to its housing. The underside window is also a point of interest.

■Gull wing root air intakes feature separate parts to recreate airways and oil coolers, with photo-etched parts provided to depict oil cooler mesh.

■Separate parts recreate the identification and navigation lights.

■2 upper rear fuslage panels included to recreate initial and late versions of the aircraft.


■Kit includes both standing and seated pilot figures.

■Comes with photo-etched parts to recreate seatbelts and more, plus masking stickers to aid with painting the canopy.

■12-page B5 bookelt contains a written history of the Corsair line, plus detailed color images of the aircraft.

■Contains dedicated parts for both extended and folded gull wing, allowing appreciation of their construction. (Image shows parts pre-assembly.)

■Fine molding captures rivets and panel lines on the face of the fuselage. (Image shows parts pre-assembly.)

■Tail wheel can be assembled in retracted or deployed position. Details such as the interior bulkheads have been accurately reproduced. (Cross-section model in image is for demonstration purposes only.)

U.S. Navy VF-17,
USS Bunker Hill, 1943
U.S. Marine Corps VMF-213, Munda, Solomon Islands, 1943 U.S. Marine Corps VMF-215, Munda, Solomon Islands, 1943

■Tamiya Color paints for painting the Vought F4U-1 Corsair® "Birdcage"

Tamiya Color Item No.
AS-8 Navy Blue 86508
AS-12 Bare-Metal Silver 86512
AS-19 Intermediate Blue (US Navy) 86519
AS-20 Insignia White (US Navy) 86520

Tamiya Color Acrylic Colors
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Enamel Colors
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Tamiya Color Acrylic Colors
(Item No.)
Enamel Colors
(Item No.)
X-1 Black 81501 80001
XF-8 Flat Blue 81708 80308
X-4 Blue 81504 80004
XF-9 Hull Red 81709 80309
X-7 Red 81507 80007
XF-10 Flat Brown 81710 80310
X-10 Gun Metal 81510 80010
XF-15 Flat Flesh 81715 80315
X-11 Chrome Silver 81511 80011
XF-16 Flat Aluminum 81716 80316
X-17 Pink 81517 80017
XF-18 Medium Blue 81718 80318
X-18 Semi Gloss Black 81518 80018
XF-19 Sky Grey 81719 80319
X-21 Flat Base 81521 80021
XF-20 Medium Grey 81720 80320
X-23 Clear Blue 81523 80023
XF-24 Dark Grey 81724 80324
X-25 Clear Green 81525 80025
XF-49 Khaki 81749 80349
X-26 Clear Orange 81526 80026
XF-55 Deck Tan 81755 80355
X-27 Clear Red 81527 80027
XF-56 Metallic Grey 81756 80356
X-32 Titanium Silver 81532 80032
XF-57 Buff 81757 80357
XF-1 Flat Black 81701 80301
XF-60 Dark Yellow 81760 80360
XF-2 Flat White 81702 80302
XF-64 Red Brown 81764 80364
XF-3 Flat Yellow 81703 80303
XF-65 Field Grey 81765 80365
XF-5 Flat Green 81705 80305
XF-66 Light Grey 81766 80366
XF-7 Flat Red 81707 80307

■Specialist tools for use with photo-etched parts
74066 Diamond File (for Photo-Etched Parts)
74067 Bending Pliers (for Photo-Etched Parts)
74068 Modeling Scissors (for Photo-Etched Parts)

74084 Bending Pliers mini (for Photo-Etched Parts)

■Make the details stand out!
Items 87131, 87132, 87133 & 87140: Panel Line Accent Color (Black), (Brown), (Gray), (Dark Brown).

The information on this page is correct as of June 17, 2013. Please note that specifications may change without notice.

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