Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat, converted to a -5.
April 4, 2013 in Aviation
I converted the venerable Arii/Otaki F6F-3 to a -5 by filling in the rear quarter windows, sanding off the exhaust fairings, and added sheet plastic to depict metal plates fixed to the underside of the flaps (which protected the fabric-covered flaps from burning away when firing rockets). I also added a resin cockpit set and vac canopy, resin wheels, underwing rocket mounts, replaced the engine magnetos and added an ignition wiring harness. The decals came from my spare decal box, and I painted the geometric carrier codes to depict a Hellcat from VF-17 off USS Hornet in early 1945.
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