by Rich Dann
Hasegawa's 1/48 scale AU-1 Corsair is available online from
Enclosed are some shots of my latest model. It is
the Hasegawa AU-1.
I like this model, but I think the kit is really a compromise. It takes
a little effort to make this thing look right.
First off, I built an armored seat and added armrests for the cockpit. I
also added the switch panels to the right and left of the gunsight on
the instrument panel coaming. No further effort was expended here.
I have seen my share of these late Corsairs built up and I find that if
you are not careful, you'll end up with a model where the dihedral is
all screwed up. I actually added a 10 thou wedge to splay the fuselage
enough to where it would fit properly to the lower wing center section.
Doing this seemed to cure any flat dihedral.
One other thing I did was to cut open the oil cooler waste gate on the
lower wing center section. I added sides to it and glued it in an open
Model Master Gull Gray over Insignia White are the main colors I used.
I have many Corsairs and plan on building all the sub-variants before
too long. I will probably do the -7 next
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