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Vought F4U Corsair Vol 1

Vought F4U Corsair Vol 1 Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2005 Title Vought F4U Corsair Vol 1
Author Andre R. Zbiegniewski Publisher Kagero
Published 2004 ISBN 83-89088-41-X
Format 106 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $24.95


Kagero has been turning out some very interesting and well-researched monographs on many subjects. In this release, Kagero examines the operational history of the US Navy's air superiority aircraft during WW2, the Vought F4U Corsair. Published in both Polish and English, the author walks the reader through the initial design of the fighter through the initial introduction into the Marine Corps and early combat operations.

The coverage includes:

  • Introduction
  • Cranked Wings
  • USMC Debut
  • South Pacific Concerto

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In addition to the early history of the aircraft, the title has line drawings of the F4U in 1/48 and 1/72 as well as a nice color profiles of the aircraft.

As is customary for the Kagero series, a sheet of Techmod decals is included representing selected subjects from the color profiles in the title. In a new push, Kagero has elected to provide fewer subjects on the decal sheet in favor of providing those subjects that are covered in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32. All modelers win with this approach! The subjects include:

  • F4U-1, VMF-213, 10, Guadalcanal, Jun 1943
  • F4U-1, VMF-213, 11, Guadalcanal, Jun 1943
  • F4U-1, VMF-215, 76, 'Spirit of 76', 1943
  • F4U-1A, VMF-212, 777, Vella LaVella, 1943
  • F4U-1A, VMF-214, 883, Vella LaVella, 1943, 'Pappy' Boyington
  • F4U-1A, VMF-321, 042, USS Kwajalein, 1943

You'll definitely want to add this title to your reference library. You can find Kagero books at your favorite hobby retailer.