Today’s title is about as tenuously linked to Easter as it’s possible to get, but seeing as egg-laying rabbits have about as much to do with Easter as a 1940s fighter aircraft, we’re going with it.
This is a US Navy Vought Corsair, made Eastery with only a minor spelling amendment, created and presented in this wonderful vignette by Nicholas Goodman of Flickr. Pictured in the Solomon Islands in 1944, Nicholas has deployed superb attention to detail, using fantastic building techniques, custom mini-figures, and hiding a few period-correct easter eggs in the vignette too.
The results of the last TLCB poker night have caused this writer to owe a substantial beer-based debt to our editor (You have until Monday.Ed.). Knowing when to fold is everything it seems, and whilst this writer definitely doesn’t, TLCB newcomer Dan Nguyen sure does, with this wonderful 1940s Vought F4U Corsair.
Being a carrier-based fighter, the F4U Corsair needed to fit inside flight-deck lifts and on-board hangars, and as such featured wings that could fold neatly upwards whilst in storage before returning to their horizontal position for flight.
Dan’s model captures this feature beautifully, using some cunning techniques to recreate the Vought’s complex wing shape and fuselage, and enhancing the realism further with accurately replicated US Navy decals.
This isn’t Henrik Jensen’s first Vought F4E Corsair. In fact he built one way back in 2014, which didn’t feature here as it didn’t quite meet our standards. Or we weren’t paying attention. One of those two anyway. Henrik’s second iteration updates his previous design with LEGO’s latest dark blue parts and folding wingtips, and adds a gloriously cool brick-built checkerboard engine cowling that frankly every plane should have. Custom decals complete the aesthetic accuracy and there’s more of Henrik’s superbly realistic F4E Corsair to see at his Flickr album by clicking these words.
This magnificent aircraft is a World War II Vought F4U-1A Corsair, pictured at Ondonga Airfield in the Solomon Islands in February 1944. It comes from crash_cramer of Flickr who has built this spectacular scene for the upcoming Great Western Brick Show. The fighter itself is one of the finest Lego aircraft that we’ve ever featured and there are loads more images to see at crash_cramer’s photostream. Head to the island via the link above.
But lovely nonetheless. This beautiful recreation of the Vought F4U4 Corsair is the work of Flickr’s Dornbi, making his return to TLCB. You can check out all of the images at Dornbi’s photostream – click the link above to make the trip.
Kingfisher. It’s a name that’s used a lot. For a children’s book publisher. A rather good beer. An airline. A bird. And this; the World War II era Vought OS2U floatplane. Over 1,500 Vought Kingfishers were produced after its introduction in the late ’30s, and we think it might be one of the prettiest planes ever made. TLCB favourite Henrik Jensen has reproduced the unusual aircraft superbly, and you can see more his recreation on MOCpages.
This stripy fighter is an American F4U-5 Corsair, built by Sydag, and displayed in the livery used by the French Navy during the ’50s Suez Crisis. Egypt had nationalised the Suez Canal, royally annoying the British, French and Israelis who had trade interests in the area. Their response was to bomb Cairo, until pressure from the USSR, and USA of all people, forced the British and French to withdraw within the year. Israel continued alone for a while after this, and to some extent secured a degree of control over the trade route. Learn more in your local library : )