|This new decal
sheet from Cutting Edge
Modelworks includes markings for two different 1/48 F4U-4 Corsairs.
The recommended kits for these decals is either the 1/48 Hasegawa F4U-4 or the
Academy F4U-4 kit. One thing to remember if the F4U-4B has two 20mm
cannons in each wing instead of three 50 cal. machine guns of the F4U-4.
first aircraft is a F4U-4B corsair with the Naval Reserve Training Unit in
Olathe, Kansas in March in 1956.
This particular Corsair is a US Navy Corsair painted overall Non-Specular
Light Gull Gray (FS 36440) on top and Glossy Insignia White (FS 37880) with
Glossy Sea blue (FS 15042) on the underside.
There is a flat black anti-glare panel over the whole top of the engine
include a large black #5 on the forward side of the engine cowling.
The rudder is blue and the tail has large white letter ‘K’ and on the
side of the fuselage is a large red and white US national with the large letter
“NAVY” and below that the word ‘OLATHE’.
On the fuselage below the tail is the ‘F4U-4 97286’.
One stand-out feature of the paint scheme is the orange fuselage band
near the tail.
This band was prone to paint fading, so modellers will have to keep this
fact in mind when they build this paint scheme.
The Navy Reserve aircraft were kept in very good shape.
second aircraft is a F4U-4B corsair “Commander John ‘Tex’
O’Neil” with VF-113 off the USS Princeton in 1950.
This particular Corsair is a US Navy Corsair painted overall Glossy
Sea blue FS 15042.
Markings include a light blue tip on the tail.
both sides of the tail has large white letter ‘V’ and on both sides of
the fuselage is a large white #’301’ followed by a red and white US
On both sides of the fuselage below the tail is the F4U-4 NAVY and
the BuNo????’….one problem here is the BuNo is unknown, so a full set
of numbers is included and you’ll have to figure out the BuNo on your