Here’s a new build that I hope to have done by June 19th …………………… It’s going to be a “out of the box” build, nothing fancy.
I’m going to try and build the Hellcat flown by a gentleman I met about 10 years ago who flew with VF-16 from the USS Lexington. He flew a Hellcat numbered #13 from the Lex, according to his obituary. He also was credited with a Zero kill during the “Great Marianna’s Turkey Shoot” which happened on June 19th, 1944.
This is why I picked the date……………… I will reveal the story on how we met during the completed posting once the plane is completed.
Here’s a picture of the Hellcat pilot I met, as he is sitting in the cockpit of his plane. His name was Arthur Payne Whiteway, and sadly, the photo came from his obituary.
It just so happened that I found a perfect set of decals from VF-16 and a ‘Cat numbered “#13” in another hit I have in the stash. The decals for this build will come from the Hobby Boss kit, but I will be using normal Blue surround “Stars and Bars”.
Lastly, here’s a color photo I found of the CO of VF-16 giving a briefing to some of his pilots on the Lexington. Who knows, my friend could have been in this picture……….. I’m sure he would recognize many of the faces.
Here’s the kit I’m starting with.
I had this wing left over from a previous build.
I didn’t use the wing on my Alex Vraciu F6F, since it was replaced with a Danger Boy wing fold set and not needed. So I hung onto it for a day like today. Since I’m under a self imposed deadline, I’m taking any breaks I can. Using this pre built wing is one of them.
Here’s the cockpit. It has been basically assembled, but still needs some detail painting and will benefit from a oil based wash.
I finished the engine too………………..
Like the cockpit assembly, the engine still needs some more details painted to have it ready to install once I get to that point.
It looks like the Gardner “Iron Works” is back in business……………….