Young C. Park dedicated 10 years to the making of three incredible model aircraft. His first was this 1/16 scale cutaway F4U-D Corsair, which allows viewers to see details inside the plane. The model was completely hand fabricated from aluminum and brass, and is detailed down to the hydraulic lines and functional control cables to the rudder, elevator and ailerons. The wings actually fold, the wheels and hook retract, and the controls work. This miniature aircraft took about 6,000 hours to build over a period of 5 years.
Using a pair of tweezers, the controls can actually be manipulated. All of the cables and linkages are in place to work the wing control surfaces as well. Young also carved a pilot’s face and hands from solid aluminum, and built an articulated pilot to sit in the cockpit. Following the NAMES Expo in 2002, Young Park graciously donated the first of his 1/16 scale Corsair models to the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad, CA. It is unlikely you will ever see better models on display in any museum in the world. Additionally, Mr. Park also compiled a collection of photos and historical data on the Corsair into a binder, detailing his construction process throughout. This was also donated to the museum for viewing alongside the models themselves. Young C. Park also won the Joe Martin Foundation’s Craftsman of the Year Award for 2002.