New Tamiya Birdcage Airplane Model Kit - Whats in the Kit?

13 December 2013 by

The latest addition to our Aircraft models is this gorgeous Corsair by Tamiya. 

The F4U-1 Corsair was a truly unique aircraft, with a powerful 2,000hp engine and a massive 4 metre propeller, not to mention the highly characteristic inverted gull-wings. 

In October of 1940, it was the first American fighter to achieve a speed of  400mph (nearly 640kph). Initial production models of the aircraft featured a striking canopy called the "Birdcage". The aircraft took part in operations from February 1943, and with its powerful 12.7mm machine guns proved to be a formidable opponent for the Japanese Zero Fighters.

In order to capture the aircraft as accurately as possible, Tamiya designers not only inspected, measured and examined the real aircraft at five different museums across North America, they were also given access to Northrop-Grumman's blueprints. 

The result is a highly detailed and precise 1/32 scale model of the F4U-1 Corsair.

Limited edition clear cowl parts are included in the export version that we are selling. 

This allows for appreciation of the exquisite detail on the P&W engine

 Instantly-recognizable inverted gull-wing features excellent attention to detail.

Main landing gears and tail wheel can be assembled in deployed or retracted positions. 

Clear parts recreate the window in the bottom of the floorless cockpit, and are also used on instrumentation panel, lights and more.

Inverted gull wings can be constructed in folded or extended position as the modeller desires.

3-piece flaps and elevators can be recreated in up or down positions.

Model even features precise detail on the inside of the wing fold joint. Synthetic rubber tires feature realistic tread patterns.

2-piece engine cowling can be removed after completion, while cowl flaps can be depicted open or closed.

Beautiful molding on the P&W R-2800 engine showcases its details. Cylinders and covers are recreated using separate parts.

Realistic recreations of the main landing gear extend to its housing. 

Gull wing root air intakes feature separate parts to recreate airways and oil coolers, with photo-etched parts provided to depict oil cooler mesh.

Separate parts recreate the identification and navigation lights.

2 upper rear fusilage panels included to recreate initial and late versions of the aircraft

Comes with photo-etched parts to recreate seatbelts and more, plus masking stickers to aid with painting the canopy.

12-page B5 booklet containing a written history of the Corsair line, plus detailed color images of the aircraft is included.

Contains dedicated parts for both extended and folded gull wing, allowing appreciation of their construction.

Fine molding captures rivets and panel lines on the face of the fuselage

Tail wheel can be assembled in retracted or deployed position. Details such as the interior bulkheads have been accurately reproduced.

★1/32 scale. Fuselage length: 318mm, Wingspan: 390mm.

★Features faithful recreations of fuselage, unique inverted gull wing and large propeller, and more.

★Inverted gull wing can be assembled in folded or extended position as the modeler chooses; details on the inside of the fold joint are also captured accurately.

★ Choose between up or down elevators and flaps.

★Two-part engine cowls can be removed from the model, even after completion.

★Select retracted or deployed main landing gears and tail wheel.

★Includes two figures depicting the pilot, one seated and one standing.

★Comes with 3 sets of markings to depict U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft.

★The set includes a full-color, 12-page booklet detailing the history of the Corsair line of aircraft.