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Clear-Vax set 12: US Navy, World War II, part 2 (1/48 scale)

1. Chance Vought F4U-1 "Birdcage" Corsair. Suggested kit: Arii/Otaki F4U-1A.

This canopy is the later type birdcage canopy. Most late production F4U-1 aircraft, particularly those in Marines service, had the rear fuselage windows painted over or deleted. Fill In the shaded area on the kit fuselage at the lines marked X and Y. For the internal armourglass, cut a piece from the backing sheet to the shape shown and fit it inside the windscreen as marked Z.
Suggested references: US Navy Carrier Fighters of World War II (Aerodata International). (This book also covers the Buffalo and Bearcat); F4U Corsair In Color (Squadron/Siqnal); Squadron/Signal In Action No.29.
2. Grumman F8F Bearcat. Suggested kit: Testors/Hawk F8F-2.

The drawing shows the canopy in the open position. Some late production F8F-2s had an extra frameline on the rear section - research should reveal whether the particular aircraft you wish to model carried this or not.
Suggested reference: Squadron/Signal In Action No.99.
3. Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair. Suggested kits: Hasegawa or Academy/Minicraft F4U-4.
4. Douglas AD-6 Skyraider. Suggested kit: Monogram AD-6.

Suggested reference:
Squadron/Signal In Action No.60.
5. Grumman J2F Duck. Suggested kit: Glencoe J2F-2.

The drawing shows the pilot's canopy open and the gunner's canopies stowed. The wing struts and rigging have been omitted from the drawing for clarity. Use the kit side windows.
Suggested references: AirEnthusiast No.23; Scale Models International, May 1986.
6&7. Brewster F2A Buffalo. Suggested kit: Tamiya F2A-2.

The rear of the sliding section is designed to overlap the fixed piece. A hole will need to be drilled in the windscreen to accept the telescopic gunsight of the F2A-2.
Suggested references: Profile 217; Squadron/Signal In Action No.81.
8. North American SNJ Texan. Suggested kit: Monogram T-6/SNJ.

The drawing shows the canopies in the open and stowed position. The Clear-Vax parts are designed to overlap each other.
Suggested references: Squadron/Signal In Action No.94; Harvard: The North American Trainers in Canada (DCF Flying Books).
9. Douglas TBD Devastator. Suggested kit: Monogram TBD.

The rear of the pilot's sliding canopy is designed to overlap the main piece. Drill holes in the windscreen to accept the gunsight.
Suggested references: Aero Series No.23; Squadron/Signal In Action No.97; US Navy Carrier Bombers of WWII (Aerodata International).
10. Chance Vought F4U-1 early "Birdcage" Corsair. Suggested kit: Arii/Otaki F4U-1A.

Cut away the kit fuselage at the lines marked X and Y. Fit the headrest fairing in place, then fit the rear window piece over this. Refer to drawing 1 for the shape and placement of the internal armourglass.

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