PYN-up Decals 1/48 & 1/32 F4U Corsairs
Another new aircraft for PYN-up Decals is the F4U Corsair, and they
have decided to release this sheet in both 1/48 (PYN48019) and 1/32 (PYN32002)
scales, taking advantage of the new Trumpeter 1/32 Corsair kit. The aircraft
presented are the same, being an F4U-1 flown by 1st Lt. Edwin L. Olander
of VMF-222 out of Munda in October of 1943, and an F4U-1A flown by 1st
Lt. Stout of VMF-422 out of Engibi Island in May of 1944.
Starting with Olander's machine, this is an early birdcage Corsair,
camouflaged in M-485 blue gray over M-495 light gray, and is very weathered.
The plane, BuNo 02576, is coded White 576, over a previously painted
out code. The national insignia have simple white bars, with no outlines.
The plane carries the name "Marines Dream," next to a sitting
blonde woman wearing a skimpy top and a small skirt. On December 13,
1943, this plane flipped over while making an emergency landing at the
unfinished Torokina airstrip on Bougainville, with many photos of its
recovery documenting the markings.
The second aircraft, the F4U-1A from VMF-422, is just your standard
Corsair from that time period. Camouflaged in ANA 607 Sea Blue, ANA 608
Intermediate Blue, and ANA 601 White, this plane has red outlined national
insignia and is coded White 8. This plane carries a small piece of artwork
on the tail, that being a Vargas cowgirl. Apparently this artwork was
not painted on the fin, but lacquered on instead after being prepared
off the plane. The instructions state that it is unknown whether this
artwork appeared on the port side, but they include extras just in case.
Both of these aircraft offer something interesting for Corsair aficionados
and are bound to be popular. While the Marines were not much into extravagant
nose art like their counterparts in the USAAC, these aircraft prove that
they were just as willing to decorate their aircraft in their own fashion.
My thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample.