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Franklin Mint Armour Collection B11B810
Vought F4U Corsair Diecast Model
USMC VMF-214 Black Sheep, "White 86 / Lulubelle", Pappy Boyington, Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, November 1943

1:48 Scale   Length   Width
Vought F4U Corsair   8.25"   10"

In September 1943, Maj. Gregory Boyington took command of VMF 214, the "Black Sheep Squadron." Boyington was a superb leader and fighter with VMF-214, scoring 22 victories with the Marines, plus six from the AVG. Under his command, VMF-214 claimed 94 victories against the Japanese. At thirty-one years old, he was ten years older than most of his pilots, earning him the nickname "Pappy." On 26 November 1943, Boyington posed in the cockpit of Corsair "White 86" for a publicity photo. Japanese flag "kill markings" were applied so hastily that some were accidentally reversed. Some speculation exists as to whether the aircraft was called "Lucybelle" or "Lulubelle", since the name was partially obscured in the final photograph. Boyington was recognized as the leading Ace of the US Armed Forces, and when he was shot down on a mission over Rabaul on 3 January 1944, he was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. But Boyington survived Japanese captivity, and President Truman pinned the Medal of Honor on him on 5 October 1945.

Vought F4U Corsair

Designed to meet a US Navy requirement for a single-seat carrier based fighter, the F4U was first flown on May 29th, 1940. This versatile aircraft saw service with both the Navy and Marine Corps in WW II and in the Korean War. During its lifetime, the Corsair underwent numerous improvements such as a lengthened fuselage, a high visibility bubble-top canopy and folding inverted gull wings that provided clearance for a large propeller. Its performance advantage, 400 mph capability, the ability to withstand punishment and six .50 Browning machine guns made the F4U a devastating weapon against aircraft, ground targets and ships.

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The Franklin Mint's 1:48 scale Corsair series includes mid- and late-war variants with a taller and wider clear-view canopy. The large canopy provides a clear view of a fully rendered cockpit interior and instrument panels, and a nicely detailed radial engine is clearly visible inside the cowling behind an all metal propeller. Below the solid metal wing, the all metal fixed landing gear with textured tires is wonderfully detailed. The late war variant has a four-bladed propeller, and each release features a variety of ordnance such as bombs or external fuel tanks below the fuselage or high velocity rockets mounted below the wings.

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Franklin Mint Armour Collection

The Franklin Mint "Armour Collection" range presents diecast detailed, ready-made diecast models of military and civilian aircraft. Armour Collection diecast airplanes from The Franklin Mint require no glueing or painting. Each model is an instant display piece or diorama centerpiece straight from the box. Made from diecast metal and plastic components, the die cast airplanes in the Franklin Mint's Armour Collection are 100% true to scale.

Franklin Mint "Armour Collection" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Detailed cockpit interiors.
  • No pilot figures.
  • Sturdy fixed metal landing gear for static display.
  • Authentic fixed ordnance loads.
  • Accurately detailed underside.

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