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F4U-1 Corsair Part 1

BarracudaCals, 1/48 scale


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Decals for 5 subjects, colour-printed painting and markings guide, plus stencil placement guide.


Available on-line from BarracudaCals US$11.95 and Hannants for £7.45

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First Look


Excellent production quality and attractive subject choices.


Nothing of consequence.


Excellent production quality,  good instructions.

Reviewed by Mark Davies

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F i r s t L o o k


The F4U Corsair is a true classic and a justifiably popular modelling subject, so a new decal sheet covering some interesting schemes is sure to be welcomed. In this respect BarracudaCals is right on the money in my opinion, with the selection of schemes reviewed here.


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The subjects covered by this sheet are:

  • F4U or FG-1D Corsair. Bu no. unknown. “Mad Cossack” VMF-512. Pilot unknown. USS Gilbert Islands (CVE-107) July 1945

  • F4U-1D Corsair. Bu no. unkown. “Palpitatin Pauli” VMF-441. Flown by Capt. Floyd C. Kirkpatrick. Yontan Airfield, Okinawa. April 1945

  • FG-1D Corsair. Bu no. unknown. Yellow FF75 VMF-351. Flown by Lt. Col. Donald K. Yost. USS Cape Gloucester (CVE-109) East China Sea, August 1945

  • F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair. Bu no. 02310. “VIVA!” VMF-124. Flown by 2nd Lt Kenneth Ambrose Walsh. Henderson Field, Guadalcanal 28 May 1943

  • F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair. Bu no. unkown. “Tojo Eats Shit!" Squadron, pilot, base and date are all unknown at this time.

The decals are supplied in the ubiquitous  A5 zip-lock plastic bag with the folded instructions providing attractive bag-art. The instructions are nicely produced in colour, clearly indicate markings placement and provide FS paint codes. A written description of the paint scheme is given for each subject covering features such as the degree of wear and paint dulling etc. The instructions also invite the modeler to visit BarracudaCals’ web-site for more information in this regard. Black & white outline plans cover stencil placement.

The decals themselves look to be superbly printed and with excellent colour density. They are printed by Cartograf.

Whilst five subjects are covered there is only one set of stencils, and one set each of the two national insignia styles. Not a major issue, especially as national insignia will normally come with the kit being built, but worth pointing out. Obviously at least another whole sheet would be required were complete decals for all five schemes to be provided, which in turn would push the cost up. Many purchasers will probably only choose to use one or two schemes anyway.



C o n c l u s i o n

This is a superbly produced set of what in my opinion are some very attractive and interesting F4U-1 schemes. It should come as no surprise then that I highly recommend them.

Thanks to BarracudaCals for this sample.


Text and Images Copyright 2011 by Mark Davies
This Page Created on 14 January, 2011
Last updated 14 January, 2011

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