Trim Pak Chance-Vought F4U-5 Corsair Plastic Model Kit

Trim Pak Chance-Vought F4U-5 Corsair Plastic Model Kit
Description This auction is for the Trim Pak model kit of the Chance-Vought F4U-5 Corsair (kit # A-2). The immortal F4U Corsair was widely regarded as the finest naval fighter of WWII. It possessed an outstanding performance and gave its pilots a decided edge over the once-feared Mitsubishi Zero. It ran up an 11:1 kill ratio over the Japanese. No less than 12,571 were built in 16 different versions between 1942 and the final production year of 1953 - the longest production run of any piston-engined fighter in US history, surpassing even the mighty P-51 Mustang. It went on to serve in the Korean War and in the navy's of many allied countries. It soldiered on in Naval Reserve squadrons until the late 50s. The Trim Molded Products Company of Burlington, WI entered the plastic model field briefly in the 1950s using the name Trim Pak. Kit numbers indicate as many as a dozen models were possibly produced, but only four have been confirmed. They were marketed in both bagged and boxed versions. This auction is for the rare bagged kit which comprised a heat-sealed cellophane (not vinyl!) bag over a header card with the directions on the reverse. It sold for the princely sum of 29¢. These molds were eventually acquired by Lindberg in the early 60s, who released them in their own
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