Reviewed by Brett Green
This is a simple replacement set for the horizontal tail surfaces and rudder on Tamiya's excellent F4U-1 kits. The parts will be suitable whether you are building the F4U-1, F4U-2. F4U-1A or F4U-1D versions of the kit.
Casting is very good indeed. Fabric detail is slightly more subtle than the kit parts. I believe this is appropriate. Attachment points to the casting blocks are quite thin, so removal won't be a problem. The kit rudder will have to be cut from the fuselage before the resin part is added.
CMK supply a rudder, two elevators, two horizontal stabilisers, and separate trim tabs. I was pleased to see the horizontal stabs with their curved mating surfaces. This will make positioning the resin elevators very easy. Trailing edges of all parts are nice and sharp. The separate trim tabs are a thoughtful touch too.
The tiny fairings for the various actuators (the small control rods that move the control surfaces on the real Corsair) are moulded in place, but the modeller will have to add short lengths of wire for the actuators themselves. This is a much more realistic depiction of these parts than the overscale mouldings on the kit parts. However, it would have been nice for the instructions to mention this detail.
CMK does not supply all of the control surfaces. Tamiya provide separate flaps in the kit, but ailerons are not included. Getting the correct deflection for separate ailerons tends to drive me batty and anyway, most aircraft on the ground are seen with the ailerons in the neutral position.
This is a simple and effective way to customise your Corsair!
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2001 by Brett