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The Corsair was always one of the most breathtaking warbirds ever made. The typical Gull Wing though was a nightmare to build for every modeler, so before the composite age, not too many have been made. What a shame…
Well, things can change in an instance…
The Warbird Fever is back at CARF Models. Our 1:4.5 Scale F4U-1D Corsair will be setting the benchmark for all scale warbirds, accompanying our P-51 D Mustang in our catalog. While our P-51 kit is a design from 1996, the Corsair features all our latest molding and manufacturing technologies, which have elevated our ARF Aerobatic Planes and Sport Jets over all competition. The CARF Models Corsair is a true marvel. Absolutely scale in outline and in panel lines, it even features the scale fabric surface on outer wings, elevator and rudder right out of the molds.
On top of that, we have engineered a wing folding mechanism which can make your CARF Corsair the absolute highlight on every flying field and every airshow. It is your choice if you order the economical plug-in wings or grab a bit deeper into you pocket to go with the folding wings. We at CARF think, it’s worth it.
The retractable landing gear is a treat in itself. Painstaking design work and brilliant machining makes the main and tail gear a real master piece of engineering. It also features a pair of scale main wheels with aluminum hubs. The struts lock down with the same mechanism as the full scale. The whole gear and geardoor system is operated with air.
The all silver finish of the composite parts is a perfect base for any type of scale paint job. Without using further primers, the final coat can be applied directly on to the scuffed surface, so that panel lines and other details don’t get filled. Moreover can these details be scratched and sanded, so that the silver base coat shines through. An authenticly weathered scale finish can be obtained with very little effort.
We chose the Corsair’s scale of 1:4.5 so that the Moki 215 / 250 cc radial engine would fit perfectly under the cowl. On the other hand, this scale is not too big for a safe flying weight below the 25 kg (55 lb) limit of many countries.
Talking about flying: A Corsair is a well flying airplane by principle. Most important is that airfoils and incidences are chosen to resemble the original angles of attack and speeds in flight. After flying the plane at TopGun ’08, we have the proof that this one was done right! Even in windy conditions the CARF Corsair tracks like on rails, and the control surface’s efficiency is perfectly smooth. Stall characteristics are uneventful, and due to the huge flaps the landing speed if very slow. In the air, though, with the throttle fully open, and the beast comes alive and shows what she was designed for…
With the CARF-Models F4U-1D Corsair a dream comes true for us – and maybe for you, too.