1/32 F4U-1D Corsair gun bay set

 product # 2098 for Trumpeter kit

Product Article by Steve Bamford on Jan 22 2010


This latest release from Aires features a complete resin gun bay set for the F4U-1D Corsair from Trumpeter. 

This detail set includes;

  • 2 gun bays

  • 8 machine guns with barrels (although you'll only use 6)

  • 10 thinly cast gun bay covers with detail on both sides of the panels

  • Photo Etch parts for added detail

  • Various parts to replicate the belts of bullets etc

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The quality of the resin casting is flawless and bubble free.  The instructions are well laid out with parts numbers and various line drawings. The bullets are beautifully cast and I would think the real challenge is going to be painting the bullets and gun bay.  Some of the belts are cast separately to make painting easier.  By using a combination of careful painting with drybrushing and washes should give you very good results.

The Corsair was a lethal fighter with it's 6 machine guns and these detail rich gun bays are sure to give you the wonderful detail in this area that you crave for your big 1/32 Corsair. 

You can purchase this and other fine resin detail items directly from Aires or from the many retailers that carry their products.  A list of some of those retailers can be found here.    


I would like to thank Aires for providing me with this review sample.

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Photos and text by Steve Bamford