Photo Feature by Steve
F4U-1 "Birdcage" Corsair
o d i f i c a t i o n s a n d A d d i t i o n s
This is the Tamiya 1/48 scale kit of the F4U-1 "Birdcage" Corsair. The
construction of this kit has been well covered elsewhere in HyperScale (see links at the
bottom of the page), but I have listed my deviations from the kit instructions below:
* True Details
wheels (minus the 'love handles'). Tamiya wheels too tall and wide.
* Squadron Canopy (rear
half). Sits better.
* Remove headrest and
add extra head armor.
* Eliminate inboard
trim tabs. Not on the earliest F4Us.
* Install trim tab
control rods for elevator and rudder.
* Fill in fuselage
panel lines and some wing panel lines.
* Fill in step hole in
* Modify flaps for
proper alignment and greater drop.
* Reposition flap
filler between flaps...up.
* Sand off tail wheel
faining on gear doors.
* Remove tail hook.
* Recess engine so the
prop doesn't hang out too far.
* Shorten tail strut
and main gear. If the real F4Us where this tall, the pilots couldn't get on the wing!
d d i t i o n a l I m a g e s
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Model, Text and Photographs Copyright © 1999 by Steve Hawley
Page Created on 10 February, 1999
Last updated 26 July, 2007
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