Hobbycraft 1/48 Piper J-3/L-4 Cub
March 7, 2014 in Aviation
As part of Neil’s “D-Day Group Build”, I thought I would add something a little out of the ordinary, a forgotten “combatant”. Most people identify D-Day with big guns and bombers, fighters ruling the skies, and transports dropping paratroops. These unarmed “warriors” played a little known, but dangerous role.
Also known as the “Grasshopper”, “Puddle Jumper”, etc., the Pipers were assigned to the US Army V Corps Field Artillery, as liason, and used them for observation and reporting German positions. A WWII version of the modern day FAC.
The Hobbycraft kit was simple, but one of their better ones (IMHO). The fuselage was molded in clear. This kit would be a good start for a “super detailer”. I had a good time with it, and was pleased with the results.
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