Dentist Creates Incredibly Detailed WWII Models
Though the engine doesn't run, it sure looks like it could. It is fully plumbed and all the cockpit controls are connected to the appropriate functions on the engine and control surfaces. (Photo by: Young C. Park)
Detail of the F-4U engine compartment. (Photo by: Young C. Park)
The radiator air intake sits under the fuselage ready for installation. Much of the detail of some of the parts is hidden once it is assembled. (Photo by: Young C. Park)
December 10, 2009 — One is usually inclined to quickly delete most e-mail forwards, like the recent airline maintenance sqwak sheet that’s circled round and round the Internet. But we received a very interesting missive this week that shows a series of images featuring meticulous, hand-made aluminum models of two popular warbirds, the F-4U Corsair and the P-51 Mustang. Young C. Park, a retired dentist in Hawaii, is the creator and the photos show incredible depth of detail for the one-sixteenth scale models. They are not just whole cloth replicas, but part-by-part reconstructions of their full-size brethren.
Park, who grew up on Hilo Island, Hawaii, was impressed as a child by the speed and noise of WWII fighters. He spent his childhood flying U-control model airplanes and dreamt his whole life of building model airplanes out of aluminum. Later in life he would use his skills as a dentist to help him to create all the miniature - but accurate - detailed components, including moving control surfaces complete with the same pulley system used in the actual aircraft!
In all Park made two Corsairs and a P-51 which he donated to the Joe Martin Foundation Museum in 2006. In this week’s featured e-Hotline photo gallery you can see the intricate detail Park has created with his Corsair and Mustang models. Also, visit the Internet Craftsmen Museum where more pictures and background on Park can be found, along with pictures of work by aircraft model maker Ken Foran.