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AU-1 Corsair, Flotille 14F, Indochina


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Hi Everyone,

 Finished working shifts for the week, so hope you don`t mind me sharing some photo`s of my latest effort:

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My attempt at recreating one of the French Navy`s: half painted, hastily prepared AU-1 Corsairs, that they obtained from the USMC to take the place of Flotille 12F`s Hellcats....

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who`s pilots were grounded on Doctors orders during the battle for Bien Dien Phu, during the Indochina War.

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Built from Hasegawa`s 1/48 kit that`s recently been reissued, using left over decals from the stash and bombs from the spares box.

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Apart from some seat belts, ignition wires, brake pipes, pilots step and extra aerials is otherwise from the box

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Found a great Site after much searching called `Bent Wing Pirate` that I used as a reference.

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Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking

Cheers Russ 

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Great Corsair Russ , I do like the weathering just wish we could get a 1/32 French F4u-7 .

 

Guy

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Bravo Russ !!!

You really did a great French Corsair that looks both terrific and very aggressive.

OK it is an AU-1 but I thought the French Corsairs of the Aeronavale were F4U-7 ?

Can you tell me what is wrong with my knowledges ?

But your model is really fantastic.

Congratulations. Polo.

 

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59 minutes ago, polo1112 said:

Bravo Russ !!!

You really did a great French Corsair that looks both terrific and very aggressive.

OK it is an AU-1 but I thought the French Corsairs of the Aeronavale were F4U-7 ?

Can you tell me what is wrong with my knowledges ?

But your model is really fantastic.

Congratulations. Polo.

 

Thanks Polo for your very kind words; re AU-1`s and F4U-7`s, 25x  AU-1`s were obtained from the USMC at short notice and ferried to Indochina to replace Flotilla 12F`s Hellcats and pilots who had been grounded for medical reasons ( Battle Fatigue ? ) and who had been flying ground support missions over the very besieged French Garrison at Bien Dien Phu. I read that all but two were condemned as unserviceable on arrival and by a great effort by French and US ground crew most were made flyable in the space of about two days where they resumed where 12F had left off. 

The F4U-7`s came later after Bien Dien Phu had fallen as the standard equipment F4U for the French Navy.

Hope this answers your question OK.

It`s explained better on the site I mentioned `Bent Wing Pirate` which I used as my main reference.

Thanks for your interest and for looking, Russ

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That is another beauty Russ and an interesting subject to boot,....... excellent stuff!

 

Cheers

            Tony

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Hello,Russ - Tony has summed up my thoughts exactly on this superb 'Corsair' build.Your hallmark skills have made this subject every inch the great warbird she is.😉👍 All the very best,Paul.

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Thank you very much  Russ for your explanations about the Corsairs of Dien Bien Phu.

This was a historic moment in the history of Indochina (and France too) that I was not aware of.

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