Hobby Master HA8205 Royal Navy Chance-Vought Corsair Mk. II Fighter - Sub Lt. Donald J. Sheppard, No. 1836 Squadron, HMS Victorious, Sakishima Islands, East China Sea, May 1945 (1:48 Scale)
"Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror."
- Greg "Pappy" Boyington
Its gull-wing shape made it instantly recognizable. Its characteristic sound while in an attack dive led the Japanese to call it "The Whistling Death." Combined with its high speed, agility and toughness, the Vought F4U Corsair was one of the finest fighters ever built. Originally thought to be too powerful to fly from a carrier, the Corsair weaved a path of destruction in battle after battle during WWII, totally outclassing the much-feared Zero. The last of the great piston-engine fighters, the Corsair went on to become an important component of the US naval air power during the Korean War. Even while it was being replaced by jet aircraft, pilots flying this tough warbird were credited with downing a few MiG-15 jet fighters.
Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a Royal Navy Chance-Vought Corsair Mk. II Fighter that was piloted by Sub Lt. Donald J. Sheppard, who was attached to No. 1836 Squadron, then embarked upon the HMS Victorious, which was deployed to Sakishima Islands, East China Sea, during May 1945.
Wingspan: 10 inches
Length: 8-1/4 inches
Release Date: August 2012
Historical Account: "Illustrious Career" - HMS Victorious (R38) was the third Illustrious-class aircraft carrier after Illustrious and Formidable, ordered under the 1936 Naval Programme. She was laid down at the Vickers-Armstrong shipyard at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 1937 and launched two years later in 1939. Her commissioning was delayed, however, until 1941 due to the greater need for escort vessels for service in the Battle of the Atlantic.
Her service in 1941 and 1942 included famous actions against the battleship Bismarck, several Arctic convoys and the Pedestal convoy to Malta. She was loaned to the United States Navy for a brief period in 1943 and served in the south west Pacific as "USS Robin". Victorious contributed to several attacks on the Tirpitz. The elimination of the German naval threat allowed her redeployment first to the Eastern Fleet at Colombo and then to the Pacific for the final actions of the war against Japan.
After the war, her service was broken by periods in reserve and an extensive rebuild in the 1950s. The reduction in Britain's naval commitment in the late 1960s prompted her final withdrawal from service and she was scrapped in 1969.