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AU-1 Corsair

by Bernhard Schrock


Vought AU-1 Corsair


Hasegawa's 1/48 scale AU-1 Corsair is available online from Squadron




I have completed a another Marine bird - the Chance Vought AU-1 Corsair from Hasegawa in 1/48 scale



Hasegawa has done a fine job, but the kit builds up to the F4U-5 and has detail errors.

For example I corrected the layout of the instrument panel, that should be missing the radar scope. The seat from the kit looks like a toy, so I have refined them. The typical panels at the hood of the instrument panel are missing too, so I scratch built them.



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I also modified the wheels. All late Navy-propbirds such as the AU, AD & F6F has pressed metal wheels (not cast-wheels). Fortunately I had set of this style of wheels from Hi-tech in my spares box with the correct wheels, so I combined the Hi-tech wheels with the Tamiya tires.

The last point was the engine.



The late Double Cyclone engine with cylindrical gear is moulded with a lot of the typical bolts, but with "early" magnetos: cylindrical too, and not including the hood.

I married the very fine kit engine with the magnetos from Hi-tech's R-2800 powerplant.



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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2003 by Bernhard Schrock
Page Created 02 April, 2003
Last Updated 17 March, 2004

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