A very well-kept secret – the Otaki 1/48 Hellcat
This is the Otaki Hellcat, now a good 37-38 years old. It was one of the first kits with engraved detail, and if you are careful with the attachment of the wings (which will need a bit of putty) and get hold of a True Details resin cockpit and True Details canopy, the kit can hold its own with the Eduard kit – it’s shape is among the best. If you know what to do about removing cowling flaps (a bit of putty in the engraved detail) and changing the trim tabs on the ailerons, you can do an early, middle or late production F6F-3 or early F6F-5 – close off the rear quarter panels and you can do a later F6F-5. The kit can be found for under $5, so with the TD cockpit and canopy and even paying Evil Bay prices for an aftermarket decal sheet, it will still come out far less than either a Hasegawa or Eduard kit.
This was done a good 7-8 years ago, using an Aeromaster FAA Hellcat sheet to do a Hellcat I off HMS Formidable at the time of the Borneo strikes in early 1944. TD cockpit and canopy, Tamiya paints.
Proof that just because it’s old doesn’t mean it isn’t good.
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