This is a highly detailed model recreating the F4U-1A variant of the
highly popular Corsair model. Newly-designed parts are included in the
kit to accurately capture the modifications which distinguish it from
the original F4U-1. The F4U-1A drew on the experience of Navy and US
Marine Corps pilots’ experience with the original aircraft, making
modifications to further improve the performance of this legendary bird.
One of the most noticeable alterations was the discarding of the
«birdcage» cockpit and its extensive frame sections that hampered
visibility; a semi-bubble canopy with minimal frame was installed
instead, which improved the pilot’s view and made it easier to land the
F4U-1A. Additional upgrades included raising the pilot’s seat 18cm to
help with visibility, and later extending tail wheel struts by 16.5cm. A
wedge shaped spoiler was added to the starboard wing to correct the
tendency of the port wing to stall first and roll out of control.
Such modifications contributed greatly to the F4U-1A’s suitability
for use from aircraft carriers; although by this time it had been passed
over for that duty by the F6F Hellcat. Unlike its predecessor, the
F4U-1A would later be used as fighter-bomber, and was given the
capability of carrying a drop tank under the fuselage, plus a bomb rack
for use on raids supporting ground troops. This combination of fearsome
performance in the air and bombing capability made the F4U-1A a vital
component as the Allied forces conducted their ‘island hopping’ strategy
progressing through the Solomon Islands.