Should I begin by saying the most awesome airplane that ever was is the Corsair? Sure there are those who would quickly disagree with me and cite all sorts of hard data and common knowledge – but those people are wrong.
This is a very quick and dirty guide to modeling one or more of the many US variants of the Corsair in 1/48 scale. Its actually incredibly quick as there are books that devote chapters to each of these variants.
If you model in other scales, you can still benefit from a lot of the information I have put down below. I am keeping this to the US for simplification but I can see doing this type of article for other nations as well.
I have tried to simplify it by putting it into a seemingly logical numerical order. But when it comes to labeling the various Corsairs that were developed, if there was a logic to it, the logic is not clear to me. Here is an old drawing of what I mean: