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Classic Wings Magazine WWII Naval Aviation Research Pacific Warbird Digest
Final Cut-The Post War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors - 5th Edition


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:37 pm 
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It seems the F4U-7 Corsair Alberta Blue is being 'converted' to a U.S. Marine Corps Vought AU-1 Corsair (BuNo 129378)

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A U.S. Marine Corps Vought AU-1 Corsair (BuNo 129378) parked at MCAS Quantico.

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Very cool! It'll be good to see a Corsair in GG/W again after all these years. Can't hardly wait! :drink3:


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At least it ain't blue. :f4u:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:15 pm 
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Lon Moer wrote:
At least it ain't blue. :f4u:

or with a sharks mouth or invasion stripes.

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Being painted at Flying Colors Aviation in Benton Harbor, MI. The same shop responsible for the latest repaint of the CAF P-51C.

I believe it will be based in the Chicago area when completed.

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There seems to be a little problem with the markings of the F4U-7 "Alberta Blue". The F4U-7 were constructed specifically for the French Navy starting around 1950. Alberta Blue has a 1944-45 era US insignia on an aircraft that was not to be constructed for five years!! Conversion to an AU-1 is a good alternative.

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It has the wrong insignia, and wrong color blue for a Corsair, because it was used in the production of Baa Baa Black Sheep so many years ago.
It was the four-blader with the wing cannons that Pappy was seen flying most of the time.

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Love both the color scheme and the possibility she'll be based in the upper midwest.

Should we assume the conversion ends with paint? Will anything FWF be changing?

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Nice. Always wanted to see an F4U in the Grey/ White scheme.

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Based in Chicago? I hope to see her at a future Thunder Over Michigan.


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I knew those markings were familiar! Off by one digit.
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Chris Brame wrote:
I knew those markings were familiar! Off by one digit.
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One of my favorite box arts EVER! I have that box and have the art on my computer--would have posted it yesterday but I'm a victim of Photobucket. Thank you for doing it!

BTW, the kit in the box is an F4U-1A. When I was a kid I had a 2-kit set from Hawk that had the Corsair and a Douglas F4D Skyray. Both were molded in white IIRC.


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I tried to build that Hawk kit, and never decided what version of Corsair they had in mind.

Is it too soon to nit-pick the new paint scheme? It looks like the rear fuselage gray/white demarcation should be less straight and about a foot higher at the wing root.

Going to be a handsome plane though.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:53 am 
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T J Johansen wrote:
Nice. Always wanted to see an F4U in the Grey/ White scheme.

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Ditto!

Though Alberta Blue does hold a place near and dear to my heart in the history of the warbirds movement (Baa Baa Blacksheep was must see TV in my youth), the Grey/White scheme is really going to be unique among extant Corsairs.


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