This superb Corsair is finished in the colours and markings of a US Navy F4U-1D Corsair, serving with 152 Squadron VF-84 aboard USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) during February 1945.

Designed for 60cc and larger petrol engines, the ZP 62cc engine is a perfect choice and provides plenty of power for sustained warbird manoeuvres. The large fibreglass cowl will however accommodate many different sizes of engine with the minimum of fuss and bother, and without the need to cut huge chunks of the cowling away. A suitable airflow and exhaust outlet is all that’s needed.

The three-piece wing comes ready to accept optional Robart twist and turn retractable landing gear, and either air or electrically operated they are a simple drop-in fit. Likewise an optional retractable tail wheel is also uncomplicated to fit.

The center section of the wing can be left connected to the fuselage for ease of assembly at the flying field with no need to connect landing gear air-lines or flap servo leads. This nmakes the model very easy to transport and also means that it can sit on its main wheels when being stored at home or carried in a vehicle.

The three-piece working flaps are quite easy to set up and feature independent flap servos in each side of the center section of the wing. The outer wing panels each have their own aileron servo meaning only they need connecting before flight.

Inside the huge fuselage there is plenty of room to mount the on-board electronics. Servos, receiver battery, retract air tank, the filling valve and receiver switches can easily all hidden from sight, thus helping preserve the scale look.

The canopy frame, fiberglass engine cowling comes pre-painted as do the gear doors and there is the option to fit working inner doors should you choose for the ultimate in scale realism.

Thanks to the fibreglass parts and traditional balsa and lightweight plywood construction used throughout, the overall airframe is not only rugged, it is also relatively light for a model of this size, and with its “Corsair” blue Ultracote colour scheme complete with authentic US Navy graphics and nomenclature the model is certain to draw admiring looks wherever flown.

Once completed and in the air the Corsair handles all of the typical “warbird” manoeuvres smoothly and flies just like the real thing with a purposeful presence in the air. On the ground this giant scale Corsair is equally impressive and with its attention to scale outline and detail it can best be described as a truly handsome model.

Source: Horizon Hobby UK

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