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Diecast Airplanes
1/72 Warplanes
Matchbox United States

Type Fighter
Corgi item no. 91093
Number made Unlimited--discontinued

Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
Chance Vought F4U-1A Corsair, Maj Gen Marion Carl
Collectibles, 2002 release. This mold is excellent, and in many ways is better than the Corgi 1/72 version of the same plane. Not having landing gear on the Matchbox version is a drawback, though the pilot and cowling are both excellent (and the cowling doesn't have the permanently open cooling vanes of the Corgi version). Note that Matchbox was painting props in 2002, something Corgi didn't do until three or four years later. Whoever attached the spare tank on this F4U got it a bit off; check the larger picture below. One nice touch is the silver-painted pushrod tubes on the engine.

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