“Maturing” the Corsair creates
a more realistic look!
TEXT & PHOTOS BY RICH URAVI TCH
No doubt about it, among warbirds, the Vought F4U Corsair
ranks way up near the top as a favorite with modelers. ;e bent-wing
bird, as it’s often called, has a look like no other WW II fighter. From its
big, round cowl through its aft cockpit to its unique inverted gull wing,
there’s no mistaking a Corsair. ;is is the second Corsair makeover
I’ve done, the first being a .50-size glow version that I transformed
from a traditional overall blue ARF to an attractive gray-on-gray
rendition of a Royal Canadian Navy machine in the July 2012 issue of
MAN. For this presentation, I started with the all-foam (EPO) Corsair
o;ered by Tower Hobbies.
Instead of a complete re-paint, I decided to take the alternative route of using the stock version as a basis for a “weathered,”
or in-service look, which the real Corsair was likely to have experienced. ;e techniques employed are relatively easy and
inexpensive, and you really can’t make a serious mistake. Equally important is the fact that these techniques can be used even
after you’ve repainted your model in order to give it a personalized look. While both the refinishing and weathering techniques
improve the overall appearance, the refinish changes the look while weathering, or properly done aging, enhances the realism.