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Revell 1/48 F4U-4 Corsair- completed

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  • Member since
    November 2022
Revell 1/48 F4U-4 Corsair- completed
Posted by Brian C on Friday, October 27, 2023 10:58 PM

Hello all,

It's been a bit, but I wanted to share this one. The basis for this build was the Revellogram F4U-4- yes, that one. The notorious old kit from 1963 with all the working features. I had been wanting to build a Korean War era Corsair, and Hobby Lobby had one on the shelf during a 40% off sale. I built this kit twice as a kid, with mixed results. The working bits worked for roughly 8 minutes after completion back then. Anyway, I wanted to try to make something respectable out of the old kit, using scratch building and as much of the kit as possible. 

This build used a fair amount of putty and patience. I scratch built the wing folds, except for the angled bits- those were leftover from a Tamiya kit. Other small pieces for the landing gear were scratched from styrene, and the kit engine/cowl was wired. The cannons were enhanced with styrene rod, and I reconfigured the rockets to F4U-4B configuration. The kit canopy was incorrect for an F4U-4B, so the molded frame was cut and sanded away, and a Falcon vacuform canopy was used. The wing support struts were fashioned from styrene. 

Paint is Vallejo Model Air, topped with Mr Hobby aqueous semi gloss. Chipping was done with Vallejo Metal Color aluminum, applied with a sponge on the forward facing areas, and a stiff fan brush on the wing roots. The exhaust staining was done with "engine soot" topped with Flory wash "light" shot through an airbrush. 

The kit decals were used, accented with some aftermarket stencils.


Thanks for looking- feedback is welcomed. 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, October 28, 2023 12:00 AM

Turned out really nice.  Great job with the old boxing.  I have the HobbyBoss F4U-4B in the stash.  I like the interesting HVAR missle configuration of these birds



  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Saturday, October 28, 2023 6:44 AM

Great job!

I go back and do this kit for pure nostalgic fun about once a decade. It's about time for #6! Big SmileYes


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  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Saturday, October 28, 2023 11:07 AM

Nice job on the Corsair!  What color did you use for the blue?


  • Member since
    November 2022
Posted by Brian C on Saturday, October 28, 2023 1:28 PM


Nice job on the Corsair!  What color did you use for the blue?



I used Vallejo Model Air gloss sea blue, thinned and built up in layers over a black primer base that was mottled with gray, violet gray, hull red and NATO black.

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, October 29, 2023 11:39 PM

That's a very high quality rendition of that kit.  I still have the remnants of one I built when the kit was first issued, and it is clear that the molds have suffered badly since then. Congratulations!


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  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, October 30, 2023 12:45 AM

Very nice work! Yes Yes Yes

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