1/48 Hobbycraft Corsair IV

Gallery Article by Ian T.M. Holahan on June 22 2012



After completing a string of involved jet builds, I decided to work on something fairly simple. This is a Hobbycraft 1/48th scale Corsair IV that I just finished recently. It was a straight-forward build, although I did add a True Details resin cockpit. The cockpit set, although made for the Tamiya Corsair kit, fit reasonably well into the Hobbycraft model with a small amount of trimming.


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Since the plane I was wanting to depict was going to be a Fleet Air Arm machine, the wings were clipped and the replacement tips were used that came with the Hobbycraft Fleet Air Arm boxing. I used under-wing hard-points from the Tamiya Corsair kit and one Tamiya drop tank was added as well. I also added Squadron vacu-form canopies since the kit canopies were fairly thick and the hood would not fit over the spine.

The model was sprayed with Model Master Sea Blue and some panels were lightened, especially on the top of the airplane where it was exposed to the hot Pacific sun. The plane was given a top coat of Acryl semi-gloss which leaves a slight sheen so the plane does not look to be completely flat yet. Aeromaster decals were used to depict a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Corsair IV from H.M.S. Colossus in 1946 in the Pacific. This was a simple fun build and the Hobbycraft Corsair builds up into a good replica with the addition of some after-market improvements.

Best wishes, Ian

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Photos and text by Ian T.M. Holahan