A New 'Cute' F4U-4 Corsair...
...a new kit from Tiger Models
Tiger Models have among their range a series of 'Cute' models, which are effectively caricatures of famous aircraft types. This caricature style of model is quite popular recently, with other manufacturers making similar style models of aircraft, ships and AFVs.
They go together very neatly and capture the look of the originals rather well. No scale of course, but these really are a bit of fun to build. They can be assembled without any need for glue, though you can use glue if you want a more permanent fix. They are also great to encourage youngsters to have a go, and get interested in plastic modelling as a hobby. Because hey can be assembled without glue, and they provide 2 options for transfers, both water-slide and simple stickers, ideal for youngsters.
Their latest addition to the range in No.4, a US Navy F4U Corsair. A feature of this kit is that the wing fold mechanism is made to work, and still the outer sections lock cleanly into the inner parts so it can be switched between the two arrangements and looks really effective. It built very well. If you want to paint the cockpit interior, as I did, that is straightforward and then assembly goes to completion, except for fitting the wing mounted rockets as these need to wait until after the underwing transfers have been applied.
I am now calling mine complete, with rockets added under the wings once markings were applied. In usual circumstances I would have used the water-slide transfers which are provided, but for the sake of trying them out I went for the self-adhesive 'stickers' which are there to help youngsters and wanted to see how well they worked. Actually I am quite pleased with them. though I did choose to paint the propeller tips rather than use the stockers for those. Nice also to have the option of being able to fold the wings as well.
Thanks to Tiger Models for my example. Other good news is that there is now a UK importer, and appropriately this is Tiger Hobbies UK, which despite the name is an entirely separate business. This Corsair is one of the kits due in with them very soon.