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 REVIEW: Hobby Master HA8205 Royal Navy Vought Corsair Mk.II, No. 1836 Squadron, Sub Lt. Donald J. Sheppard DSC, RCNVR

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PostSubject: REVIEW: Hobby Master HA8205 Royal Navy Vought Corsair Mk.II, No. 1836 Squadron, Sub Lt. Donald J. Sheppard DSC, RCNVR   Wed Mar 22 2017, 01:26

Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
HA8205
Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Vought Corsair Mk.II
Sub Lt. Donald J. Sheppard DSC, RCNVR
No. 1836 Squadron
HMS Victorious, Sakishima Islands
East China Sea, May, 1945

June 2012 Release


Sub Lt. Donald J. Sheppard was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve
(RCNVR) who served with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. He was assigned to the 47th Naval
Fighter Wing, 1836 Squadron flying a Corsair II. On January 7, 1945 Sheppard shot down two
Oscars and later in January he shot down two more aircraft and two shared kills. On May 4
1945 flying 13-6 P JT537 he shot down an Asahi D4Y1 Model 11 Suisei (Judy) making him the
only FAA Corsair ace.



Above: Lt. Ron Hayter, Lt. Don "Pappy" McLeod and Lt. Don J. Sheppard stand before one of their camouflaged Corsair aircraft aboard HMS Victorious. The best known aircraft flown by Sheppard was one of these tropic sea camo painted Corsairs.



Above: S/Lt. Donald J. Sheppard lands his Corsair II aboard HMS Victorious January 1945

The second Royal Navy Corsair release by Hobby Master and the second Canadian Piloted one as well.

The model assembled easily with no noticeable gaps in the outer wing panels which can be displayed either folded or spread out for flight. Hobby Master has correctly portrayed the RN Corsairs with the squared off wing tips which were shortened by 8 inches to fit into the height restricted hangars of the RN Aircraft Carriers. Overall the quality of the model was very good with all parts fitting together well. Three external fuel tanks are provided, however I believe they were either carried singly on the centre line or in symmetrical pairs. The canopy is a full Malcolm hood and I believe lacks the thin horizontal bars that would have been present on the Corsair II. Otherwise a very good replica and one that I heartily recommend for anyone with a Collection with a Royal Navy or Canadian theme.

Dan
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Below: Pictured with HA8204 Corsair IV flown by Canadian Lt. Robert Hampton Gray VC, DSC, RCNVR (wings folded).

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