The Vought F4U Corsair is an American fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. Demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought's manufacturing capability, resulting in production by Goodyear and Brewster: Goodyear-built Corsairs were designated FG and Brewster-built aircraft F3A. From the first prototype delivery to the U.S. Navy in 1940, to final delivery in 1953 to the French, 12,571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured, in 16 separate models, in the longest production run of any piston-engined fighter in U.S. history. ▪ Maximum speed: 446 mph (718 km/h; 388 kn)
* Stall speed: 89 mph (143 km/h; 77 kn)
* Range: 1,005 mi (873 nmi; 1,617 km)
* Combat range: 328 mi (285 nmi; 528 km)
* Service ceiling: 41,500 ft (12,600 m)
* Rate of climb: 4,360 ft/min (22.1 m/s)
* 6 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns, 400 rounds per gun or, 4 × 0.79 in (20 mm) AN/M3 cannon, 231 rounds per gun. It can also hold up to 4000lbs of bombs.
Macchi C.200 Saetta
The Macchi M.C.200 Saetta (Lightning) was one of the most important Italian fighter aircraft during the first years of Italian involvement in the Second World War, but was outclassed by its more modern opponents.
The prototype M.C.200 made its maiden flight on 24 December 1937. It was a low-wing monoplane of metal construction, with a well-streamlined fuselage and a well designed fully enclosed cockpit canopy. The engine was mounted comparatively low compared to the main part of the fuselage, giving the aircraft a slightly humped appearance, but also improving visibility.
The new aircraft had a good rate of climb, was manoeuvrable and was strongly built. It did suffer from two major problems. The first was the limited firepower provided by the two .50in machine guns, which gave it only a third of the weight of fire of the eight-gun British Hurricane and Spitfire. The second was its radial engine. Towards the end of the Second War World radial engines would develop so much power that they were able to overcome their high level of drag to produce excellent aircraft such as the American Thunderbolt and Corsair, but the Fiat radial engines used in the M.C.200 combined high drag and comparatively low power.
Despite this limit the M.C.200 had a top speed of 313mph, only 10mph slower than the Hawker Hurricane I with its 1,030hp Rolls-Royce Merlin, so at first the Regia Aeronautica could be satisfied with its new aircraft. The limits of the radial engine became more obvious when compared to the slightly later Supermarine Spitfire I, which with the same engine as the Hurricane had a top speed of 362mph.
One for the almost finished shelf, few minor small parts to attach including pilot and canopy, need to finish off weathering and add a few paint touch ups (such as to the spinner) and then finally decals. I’m really happy with how this has turned out so far, I have pushed myself to step out of my comfort zone and use different techniques which I am really impressed with if I do say so myself! Anyway this is the Airfix 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf109E-3