1/48 Eduard F6F-3 weekend edition
I have wanted to build an F6F-3 with red surrounds on the insignia since I first saw the initial Hasegawa F6F-3 boxing. I like to research my subjects, which can be very interesting and a little deflating at the same time. Apparently it is unlikely that F6F’s in the squadron featured by the Hasegawa box top retained the surround for the time shown, although the period of time they were worn by other F6F-3’s was very active operationally. After my yearly trip to Pensacola, where I always make time for the Blue Angels practice and a walk around the NMNA, I saw the F6F-3 they have on display, which shows a red surround to the insignia (as it was found under water) on a portion of the fuselage. This intrigued me, because that meant that for this airframe, which served with VF-38, it brought the red surround back from the Pacific to the US. After looking more into VF-38 I came across a few pictures of Oscar Chenoweth (with “Ruth-less” on the NMNA website!) who later served with VF-17-one of my favourite squadrons. The pictures of “Ruthless” of course did not show the insignia to confirm if the airframe had the red surrounds at the time. I have taken some speculative licence and decided to put red surrounds on the insignia on my kit- I am telling myself it is plausible if not entirely possible or actual!
This is the weekend edition of the Eduard 1/48 F6F-3. Print Scale decals were used for “Ruthless”. I wired the engine but neglected to take any pictures before adding the cowl. I modified the cowl ring using a resin cast of the old Otaki kit cowl ring. I had to modify the drop tank to the early configuration with a seam as the weekend edition only supplies the later style drop tank. No weathering, as lately I am so happy to be completing kits that I am more inclined to move onto the next rather than delay more for weathering, not to mention I am a bit hesitant to do it in the first place!
Testors enamels were used for the dark sea blue and intermediate blue with Tamiya white acrylic for the undersides. Hand painted canopy frames as usual, Future to prepare for decals, and two coats of microscale flat to finish it off.
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