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Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, Hasegawa in 1/48 scale

September 12, 2014 in Aviation

Hi, here comes my Hellcat from Hasegawa. Done a few years back, after collecting a lot of dust in my “flightline” i made a slight refurbish with it. Some clear on the canopy, a drop semi gloss varnish and a new antenna made from stretched sprue.
The Hellcat was completely build out of the box, wich means it has the infamous Hasegawa grin. But otherwise it is a great kit and a delight to build.
I hope it is not too bad, compared with upcomig Eduard “Cats”
“White 99” was the aircraft of Cdr. T Hugh Winters Jr., Commander Air Group 19, abort the
U.S.S Lexington. The unusual number aft of the canopy, the name and the kill marks makes
this Hellcat very special.
Glossy sea blue and the white markings are always attractive, i hope you like it 🙂


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24 responses to Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, Hasegawa in 1/48 scale

  1. The Hasegawa “grin”….? What IS that ? Nicely finished model, by the way.

    • Thanks Craig, this was done in the same time i got inside the “modelling internet” there was a lot to read about these wrong grin.
      This stalled this otherwise fast build for almost a year, after this experience i asked myself, if i would notice it….the answer was NO !
      I guess my collection is a horror cabinet for some modellers, but it s fun and just a hobby

  2. Dass ist ein sehr ausgezeichnetes Modell. Gute Leistungen Bernd!!!

  3. Very nice Bernd. The blue finish looks good.

  4. Nicely done Bernd, smooth paint work and some nice pics.
    They are a big old bird when compared to a Spitfire or Mustang.
    Well done mate.

  5. Thank you Simon, i displayed this one a time, side by side with a F4F
    much bigger. The combat record of this one is hard to beat

  6. Great job, Bernd. Makes me want to build a Hellcat!

  7. I’m With Ralph Bernd. I am now in the mood for a Hellcat.
    Great looking model.
    California Steve

  8. Bernd,
    Very,very nice. The placement go the numbers give the all blue a neat touch. Ya dun the Hellcat proud.

  9. Nice work, Bernd. Winters’ a/c is one of my favorite Hellcats.

  10. Bernd, I’m just grinning with pleasure admiring your model. It’s certainly a very attractive aeroplane, almost tempts me into having a go at one myself.

  11. Very nice Hellcat, Bernd high marks all around. Sure is a sweet building kit isn’t it, the fit of all the parts is outstanding as I recall. In regards to the “grin” I don’t think the “experts” liked the Eduard kit’s any better. I think the old Otaki F6F-3 is still considered the “gold standard” for getting all the shapes right. I wonder sometime if those guys ever find a kit that’s “buildible”. 😉

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