on 9/20/2007 12:27 AM email@example.com said the following:
The first F4Us were not suitable for carrier use until the end of 1944.
Identification, as were all paint jobs other than the basic camouflage
It's not really striping - it's tape; masking tape or duct tape,
whatever was on hand. Seems there was an issue with fuel fumes entering
the cockpit, and crews would tape over the skin seams to try and lessen
the problem. That's the straight scoup.
Yeah - the Tamiya one is your best bet. I think there is another one
(Academy?), but Tamiya's builds like buttah.
No, that's white "speed" (duct) tape to cover the panel junctions on
the area housing the forward fuel tank.
They had trouble with fumes from that tank getting into the cockpit and
causing the pilot to get woozy, so stuck tape over the seams.
The pattern varies from aircraft to aircraft.
The Tamiya kit can't be beat and can be found relatively cheap.
Otaki made a very nice F4U-1A. It has been released under other labels such
as Airfixand ARII. The cockpit, landing gear and engines details are
simplistic and/or wrong, but the airframe itself is accurate and goes
together well with excellent engraved panel lines. It does not have a
folding wing or postionable flaps.
Hobbycraft made a somewhat similar Corsair but with better, more accurate
details and the option of extended flaps and cowl flaps. However, all
reviews I've read state that these don't fit well. It came in -1, -1A
and -1D variants.
AMT made a -1 Birdcage Corsair- don't go there.
Search eBay for "1/48 F4U". The supply must be huge because you can get them
Yeah, it's been years but it was extremely simplified, sort of a
snap-together. I believe it was the first Birdcage Corsair in this scale,
and it has an interesting way of locking the wings together inside the
fuselage. I suppose you could make something out of it but point is, with
the alternatives, it's only for collectors or as a curiosity.
: and what is the purpose of the white striping in front of the cockpit?
Nobody has explained why tape would seal out fumes, or
why there would be fuel fumes to start with.
On the other hand, radials are notorious for oil leakes
(consider the sheer number of mating surfaces in a radial),
and they MUST use non-detergent oil (carbonized oil does tend
to stop leaks. Detergent in oil tends to clean carbonized
So, the reason I have read is that it was to keep oil off
of the windscreen. Later model birds had better sealing on
the upper panels to help prevent that problem.
Neither does the Tamiya. It's flaps down or nothing--or cutting and
They take a little shaving, but much less work than raised flaps on
the Tamiya. Also, there are more variants, including RN and -1, and it
I've never seen a real explanation of why there were fumes,
other than that's where the fuel tank is. As for oil leaks, since the
tape is so far back from the firewall, I don't see what that would
have to do with oil, but this is the first time I've seen reference to
oil. The only real Corsiar I ever spent lots of time with was a -4 &
we never had a problem with fumes & I had seen where Vought improved
the tank sealing.
Most aircraft fuel tanks are actually rubber or neoprene bladders, which
allow them to be self-sealing in the event of penetration. SOme are
hard cased, but many are not. Such tanks are prone to cracking and/or
weeping when left unfueled for periods of time. Oil isn't that much of
an issue because it's so much less aromatic.
Most WWII fighters also generally had their main fuel tanks beneath
and/or behind the pilot (Me 109, P-51, etc.), and so any residual fumes
would naturally drift aft of the cockpit in the slipstream. Not so the
Corsair - by placing the fuel bladder ahead of the cockpit, the fumes
from any fuel seepage could enter the cockpit. So in the early models,
crews applied tape to the panel joints to try to at least contain the
fumes to the interior of the forward fuselage. I believe the tanks
and/or structure were redesigned after the -1A to reduce the problem.
: Not so the
: Corsair - by placing the fuel bladder ahead of the cockpit, the fumes
: from any fuel seepage could enter the cockpit. So in the early models,
: crews applied tape to the panel joints to try to at least contain the
: fumes to the interior of the forward fuselage. I believe the tanks
: and/or structure were redesigned after the -1A to reduce the problem.
Sorry, Rufus. I was thinking that the F4U-1 was redesigned
to accomodate a 50 gallon oil tank, moving the cockpit aft, but
apparently the leading edge fuel tanks were deleted, and replaced
with the aforementioned fuel tank.
Or is that the oil tank mounted inside the fuel tank? I note there are
three different cap assemblies in the area; one red one on top of the
circular "hatch" and two other ones mounted further aft.
I never could understand what advantage they thought they were going to
get by covering a comparatively small section of the wing in fabric
rather than metal skinning.