- Highly detailed realistic collectible model
- Diecast & plastic parts.
- Display stand included. Interchangeable landing gear.
- Measures approximately: 8.25” L x 10” Wingspan
- Box dimensions: 11.3” L x 11.3” H x 4.2” D
- Display model, recommended for hobbyists and collectors 14 years and above.
This Hobby Master model is a replica of a Vought F4U-1A Corsair from USMC VMF-214 which was led by Greg “Pappy” Boyington and because it was comprised of pilots gathered from other squadrons it became known as the “Black Sheep”. Boyington and his pilots earned a reputation as being unconventional on the ground and in the air. On January 3, 1944, as part of a 46 aircraft sortie the “Black Sheep” headed for a fighter sweep of Rabaul with Greg Boyington in command. Boyington shot down 1 Zero and but his 915 was shot down and he became a POW until September 1945.
The Vought F4U Corsair is an American fighter aircraft which saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. Designed and initially manufactured by Chance Vought, the Corsair was soon in great demand; additional production contracts were given to Goodyear, whose Corsairs were designated FG, and Brewster, designated F3A.
The Corsair was designed and operated as a carrier-based aircraft and entered service in large numbers with the U.S. Navy in late 1944 and early 1945. It quickly became one of the most capable carrier-based fighter-bombers of World War II. Some Japanese pilots regarded it as the most formidable American fighter of World War II and its naval aviators achieved an 11:1 kill ratio. Early problems with carrier landings and logistics led to it being eclipsed as the dominant carrier-based fighter by the Grumman F6F Hellcat, powered by the same Double Wasp engine first flown on the Corsair's initial prototype in 1940.Instead, the Corsair's early deployment was to land-based squadrons of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy.
The engine was so massive and produced so much energy that a Hamilton Standard 13 feet 4 inch propeller, the largest of WWII, was required. The F4U was the first American fighter aircraft to exceed 400 MPH. The Corsair was referred to by the Japanese as “Whistling Death” and became a legend in its own time. This aircraft was one of the most distinctive designs with it bent wings making it an icon.
From the 759th aircraft onwards, the framed canopy of the F4U-1 was quickly replaced by a much neater plexiglass "bulb" with small frames. The raising of the seat by 18cm slightly improved the view over the nose, and the new type also offered some rearward vision. Later this modification was associated with a change of designation to F4U-1A,