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 REVIEW: Hobby Master HA8204 Royal Navy Vought Corsair Mk.IV, Lt. Robert Hampton Gray, VC, DSC, RCNVR, No.1841 Squadron, HMS Formidable, August 1945

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PostSubject: REVIEW: Hobby Master HA8204 Royal Navy Vought Corsair Mk.IV, Lt. Robert Hampton Gray, VC, DSC, RCNVR, No.1841 Squadron, HMS Formidable, August 1945   Wed Mar 22 2017, 01:58

Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
HA8204
Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Vought Corsair Mk. IV (FG-1D)
Lt. Robert Hampton Gray VC, DSC, RCNVR
(Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve)
1841 Sqn., Royal Navy HMS Formidable
9th August 1945








First a bit of History.

Robert Hampton “Hammy” Gray was a Canadian Naval Officer with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm in 1941 and joined 1841 Squadron on HMS Formidable in 1944. The Aircraft Carrier was transferred to the British Pacific Fleet in 1945. On August 9, 1945 (The day the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki and the last day of the war) while leading an attack at Onagawa Bay Japan, Lieutenant Gray’s Corsair was hit and burst into flames. Lt. Gray continued his bombing attack and scored a direct hit sinking a destroyer just before he crashed. He was later awarded the Victoria Cross Posthumously. He was one of Canada's last casualties of the Second World War and was the last recipient of the Victoria Cross.

I suggested this model to William at Hobby Master very shortly after their Corsair Tooling was announced (Robert Hampton Gray having been born in my home Province of British Columbia). There have been two flying restored Corsairs painted to represent Gray's famous Corsair. The first was part of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Collection in Hamilton, Ontario and was tragically lost in a Hangar fire in 1993. The second is currently flying with Vintage Wings Canada based in Gatineau, Quebec. Unlike those restored examples the model has the correct shortened (by 8 inches) wings. Royal Navy Corsairs had their wing tips shortened by eight inches in order to accommodate the Corsair in the restricted height hangars of British Carriers.

The model itself is just plain Gorgeous! The paint and finish are top notch and the parts fit very well. My example did not have a significant gap when displayed in the wings "unfolded" mode. The markings are accurate in my opinion. There are no known photographs of Gray's Corsair so the markings are a consensus of what Historians have come to agree on as to how this aircraft appeared in August of 1945. (This is made more difficult as there were multiple Corsair IVs on HMS Formidable that carried the numbers 115 at one time due to a combat losses). The pins in the wings to which the outer wings are attached are now painted in a zinc chromate colour and is much less noticeable than previous releases where they were bare metal. The pins on my model are not removable. A blue external fuel tank is provided but no bombs have been included. This may have been due to there being some question as to wether British circular finned bombs or American square finned bombs would be correct in this case.

All in all a highly recommended Corsair release. A must have for any Canadian or Royal Navy collection.

Dan
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PostSubject: Re: REVIEW: Hobby Master HA8204 Royal Navy Vought Corsair Mk.IV, Lt. Robert Hampton Gray, VC, DSC, RCNVR, No.1841 Squadron, HMS Formidable, August 1945   Wed Mar 22 2017, 19:59

I've always likes this one. The wings are a bit clipped. A real shame that aircrews were being sent into these flak traps this late in the game. The USN owes the Royal Nave a big thank you as it was they who proved the Corsair was carrier capable when the US brass had other ideas.

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