Some other Eduard Hellcats
August 6, 2013 in Aviation
The F6F-3 is from the first Profipack release, in the markings of Lt. Jim Shirley of VF-27, the “Hell Cats” and the most successful CVL VF squadron of the war, with 200 victories between the Marianas Turkey Shoot and the first day of the Battles of Leyte Gulf, when they lost their home (the Princeton) and got shanghaied into VF-15 aboard Essex (where the first thing that happened was they lost their faces, since Admiral Frederick Sherman didn’t approve).
The F6F-5N was flown by Bruce Porter (a very nice guy to have for a friend) on Okinawa, where he became the only USMC nightfighter ace.
The Hellcat I is from the “Fleet Air Arm Hellcats” double Profipack kit. 800 Squadron aboard HMS Emperor at the invasion of Southern France. A Hellcat with D-Day stripes, what’s not to like?
The Eduard Profipack kits give you everything you need to turn out a really good-looking model – all the necessary photoetch to do a detailed cockpit, a resin engine and wheels. The kit itself is easily the best Hellcat kit available in any scale.
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