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Catalogue Number and Description
Models 4253 - F4U-1 Corsair Control Surfaces
Contents and Media:
||Seven parts in
||Excellent detail and casting;
easy way to represent typically dropped elevators
scale F4U Control Surfaces will be available online from
in Airies Hobby Models Masters Series provides resin control surfaces
for the Vought F4U-1 Corsair.
kit comprises seven resin parts, and these are:
Left and right horizontal stabilisers.
Left and right elevators.
parts have been cast in a mid-grey coloured resin that is reminiscent of
that used by Cutting Edge. As we have come to expect from Airies, the
casting is superb, so nice in fact that once they have been separated
from their casting plugs you are hard pressed to recognise them as resin
pieces at all.
Airies do not identify which F4U kit that they have produced the kit for
but when you place the Airies parts next to the parts from the Tamiya
offering, you can easily see that they have been modelled from the kit
parts. They are not exact copies however as the detail on the trim tab
actuators are a little finer and there is no antenna mount on the top of
the rudder. Thankfully, Airies have retained the positive locking tabs
that Tamiya engineered into their kit and once removed from the casting
plugs and cleaned up, they will click into place on the Tamiya kit and
fit as if they had been produced by Tamiya themselves.
Kit parts (below) and resin Aires parts (above)
trailing edges of the pieces are nice and thin, again, just like the
Tamiya pieces. The trailing edges of the horizontal stabilisers have
been cast with an undercut so that the leading edges of the elevators
(that have been cast with rounded leading edges) will slot right in.
The leading edges of the rudder and the ailerons get the same rounded
Whilst the rudder and ailerons are nice to have, the horizontal
stabilisers and the elevators are worth the price of the kit. If you
have a look at pictures of F4U-1s, you will see that the elevators are
just about always in a drooped position. The kit pieces are moulded so
that the elevators are in the raised and neutral position. Sure, you
can modify the kit parts if you like but for my money, (and time) this
set from Airies makes the task a whole lot easier.
Assembly instructions are simple yet more than adequate exploded view
black and white line drawings and the kit comes packed in a plastic
baggie with a stiff cardboard header.
Thanks to Aires for the
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