Easy Model 1/72 Vought F4U-4 Corsair
|Date of Review||January 2007|
|Pros||Nice details, finish and markings|
We recently had the opportunity to look over some examples from the Easy Model line of products distributed by MRC and seen on quite a few hobby store shelves. In this example, we have a Vought F4U-4 Corsair in a rather unusual paint scheme.
The aircraft comes mounted to a clear tray and held securely in place by one wire around the rear fuselage and retaining tape near the wingtips. The aircraft was not going anywhere during shipment! Extracting the model from the tray took just a few seconds.
What comes in the box is the aircraft, a two-piece display stand, and a placard identifying the product. The aircraft comes gear-down, so you can use the stand or display the F4U-4 Corsair on its gear.
As you can see from the box, the shape and details of the model look right, and then there is that paint scheme. Where most folks expect to see dark blue or blue-camouflaged Corsairs (and Easy Model offers a number of those as well), this one is painted in a Gull Gray over White post-war scheme for a typical US Navy Reserve squadron. When the unit painted the aircraft, they left the undersides of the wings in its wartime dark blue colors, and the rudder came from an active duty aircraft from Airwing 3 off the USS Leyte (CV 32).
It amazes me just how nice many of these pre-fabricated display models look in terms of detail and finish, especially for the price! The variety of color schemes will give the shopper many choices, but this one is definitely an eye-catcher.
The shape and finish of this aircraft is nicely done and would look good on the shelf of an aviation enthusiast who is either not a modeler or a modeler who doesn't have the time to model.
My sincere thanks to MRC for this review sample!