Corsair Cockpits F4U-1 Family

Published on
June 13, 2022
Review Author(s)
Book Author(s)
Dana Bell
Other Publication Information
Softbound, 72 pages, 153 B&W photos, 2 color photos, 79 B&W and Color drawings. Book is available on Amazon, eBay, and other various sellers , self-published.

This is volume 1 in a series. The book is by Dana Bell, well known author to modelers and historians alike for his work in aircraft colors. He is a retired researcher and Tech specialist for the NASM.

This volume covers the multitude of changes in the cockpits of Corsairs from the XF4U-1 through 1D built by Vought, The F3A-1 and 1A built by Brewster and those from theFG-1 to FG-1D built by Goodyear.

This book is a super-detailer’s dream. Changes in cockpit configuration are specified out by both contract and bureau number so you can detail out your specific build as accurately as you wish to.

The book is broken down into sections dealing with specific details. Starting with the XF4U-1 and then covering the birdcage variants canopy and armor. These are followed by sections detailing the raised cockpit canopies, seats, gunsights, eyebrows, main panel, rudder pedals, bomb window, joystick, left and right consoles, radios, colors and finishing with serial number listings.

This is a nice book showing details, drawings, and painting information (even the elusive “salmon” color is addressed). This book is the most detailed look at Corsair cockpits I have ever seen. It is of significant use to the modelers, historian, and restorer. I can see anyone restoring one of the models of Corsairs covered within being able to create a Grand Champion warbird. I can recommend it to anyone building a model of this aircraft and to those that are interested in the total assessment of cockpit details across early Corsair production

Our thanks to Dana Bell and Rivet Counter Guides Publications for the review copy and my thanks to IPMS/USA for the review opportunity


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