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The Bent Wing Bird
The F4U Corsair is an easy Metal Earth model with 15 unique pieces on one sheet of metal. All of the instructions fit in one picture. A shrunken-down picture of the instructions is provided here so you can see what you're getting into. The Corsair was the most powerful carrier-based aircraft in WW2.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products tab).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14.
Are you curious...?
The Chance Vought F4U Corsair was designed as a carrier aircraft, but tricky handling at low speeds and poor visibility over its "horse nose" made landing on a pitching deck difficult, so it didn't fill that role until late in the war, initially for the Royal Navy. It's remembered instead as the main WW2 land-based fighter of the US Marine Corps. From the first prototype in 1940 to the final delivery to the French in 1953, 12,571 Corsairs were manufactured in 16 different models -- in fact, that was the longest production run of any piston-engine fighter in US history. Demand was so strong during the wartime peak that Goodyear was pressed into service building the FG and Brewster built the F3A. Some Japanese pilots feared the Corsair as the most capable fighter in the US arsenal, and the Navy counted an 11:1 kill ratio. The Japanese Zero could out-turn the Corsair at low speeds, but the faster Corsair could out-climb and out-dive the Zero.
The F4U's 2,000 hp, 18-cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engine made it the first US warplane to exceed 400 mph (644 kph) in level flight. Its characteristic inverted gull wings allowed designers to keep the undercarriage short in spite of using the large diameter propeller that the powerful engine demanded.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there are just 45 privately owned F4Us registered in the US today.