Saturday, May 20

Updated preview: Vought Corsair F4U-1A/2 in 48th scale From Magic Factory

Magic Factory's new double kit boxing of the Vought Corsair F4U-1A/2 "Dual Combo" has all-new CAD drawings & markings that show us the details of the new kits a little clearer. We add them to our preview for you today...

Updated preview:  Vought Corsair F4U-1A/2 in 48th scale From Magic Factory

Vought Corsair F4U-1A/2 (2 in 1)
Limited Edition
From Magic Factory
Kit No #5001
1/48th scale
Plastic injection model kit
Photo-etch included
Four Marking choices included.
Cockpit masks included
Price: $102USD from Hobbylink Japan
The subject - The "Invincible Corsair" over Pacific-US Fighter Aircraft F4U Corsair
F4U Corsair - a famous carrier-based fighter aircraft deployed by U.S. Navy in WWII. With the first prototype manufactured in 1940 and final variant produced in 1953, it has the longest production run of any U.S. piston-engine fighters. F4U is a single-seat, single-engine and inverted "gull wing" fighter who is renowned for its good performance, speed, ruggedness, and firepower. It is the first fighter in US with a speed over 640km/h and one of the fastest piston-engine fighters. as well as a fighter, it was also used as a tactical bombing aircraft.

The F4U-1A
The F4U-1A is an upgraded variant of F4U-1. The most notable distinction from F4U-1 includes lifting the pilot’s seat by 18cm, replacing the -1's "birdcage" framed canopy with a semi-bubble canopy, retaining only two frames on either side and a distinctive metal hood over the pilot's head. Thus the pilot’s overall visibility was greatly increased. Furthermore, based on actual experience of F4U-1, F4U-1A also removed top cowl flaps of cowling and replaced the open window in the floor of the cockpit with a mental plate.
The F4U-2
The initial design of night-fighter Corsair was finished in Dec 7 1941, the date of Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The first prototype, designated XF4U-2, was modified based on a F4U-1 of first mass production and took its first fly. There were total 32 F4U-2s were converted from F4U-1s at Naval Aircraft Factory at Philadelphia.

The F4U-2 has an AIA radar antenna mounted in a radome, placed two thirds of the way along the starboard wing. The outermost machine gun was removed from that wing to help balance the additional weight. The AIA radar system is capable of searching enemy fighters within a range of 6km. Moreover, F4U-2 was also equipped with a flame damper, radio altimeter, radar beacon responder, and autopilot, improved the lighting system, and replaced the standard high-frequency radio with a very high frequency radio.

Magic Factory's new twin boxing of the Corsair in 48th scale
Last week Magic Factory placed this intriguing image and text on their Facebook page - we were intrigued, what could their new release be? (Now we know of course).
The two in one boxing, (two kits in the one box) with the first kit being an F4U-1A, the second, an F4U-2 kit, both in 1/48th scale. The box shows both kits on the box top with a load of features...
Features of this new kit are:
-Two kits are included in this one box - the F4U-1A & an F4U-2
-The wings can be built to fold and unfold positions.
-Optional positions for separated rudder control surface, flaps and ailerons.

-Detailed rivets and panel lines of the aircraft's outer skin are replicated.
-Exhaust pipes for both types included
-Accurate engine appearance and external details.
-Gun bay can be built open or closed, with gun and ammunition belts provided
-Detailed landing gear and wheel well. The tail wheel is seen below...
-Finely printed decals included for four painting schemes are included - two for each aircraft supplied in the box
- The four marking schemes - two for each type in the box, are now revealed...
-Photo-etched parts are included.
The cockpit is a detailed piece, with etched harnesses included. Instrument panel parts with or without details for modelers to use aftermarket 3D decals easily.
Masks are provided for both cockpit canopies
That is all we know about these two models in the one box for now - Check out the Magic Factory Website & Facebook Page