Tamiya Vought F4U Corsair of LCDR Tommy Blackburn in 1/72 Scale

John “Tommy” Blackburn was an Annapolis graduate and was serving as a flight instructor when Pearl Harbor was attacked.  He commanded VGF-29 aboard USS Santee (CVE-29) during the Torch landings.  Most of their Wildcats got lost in bad weather, Blackburn himself spending three days in the water before he was rescued.  He was then reassigned to command VF-17 “jolly Rogers” on the new F4U Corsair.  At the time the Navy decided that the Corsair was unsuited for carrier operations and VF-17 deployed to an airfield on Ondonga, New Georgia in October 1943.

The deployment produced thirteen aces, including Blackburn with 11 victories.  His best day was on 06FEB44 when he claimed four A6M Zeros.  He survived the war and eventually rose to command the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CVB-41) in 1958.  He retired from the Navy as a Captain in 1962.

This is the F4U-1A Corsair of LCDR Tommy Blackburn, Commanding Officer VF-17, operating from Ondonga, New Georgia, November 1943.

3 thoughts on “Tamiya Vought F4U Corsair of LCDR Tommy Blackburn in 1/72 Scale

  1. A gorgeous build! While USN birds don’t give us much variety, I’ve always found this scheme so attractive and colorful.
    So VF-17 carried the red outlined insignia well beyond the August cutoff?

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    1. Thanks Warren! I noticed the red borders as well. All the depictions of Blackburn’s Corsair show the red borders carried past the changeover date. I’m not sure if it’s a repeated error or if they actually never re-painted the boarders. It wouldn’t be the first exception.

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      1. No, it wouldn’t. For me and my house, it’s one of those things that makes it such an interesting scheme. FWIW, I find the red-outlined nat’l insignia quite attractive. Add to that, I really like the early/mid-war period.

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