Eduard 1/48 F6F-5N Hellcat – celebrating the USMC 238th birthday
For the 238th birthday of the Marine Corps, the Eduard Royal Class F6F-5N flown by Bruce Porter of VMF(N)-542 at Okinawa, June 1945.
Bruce Porter first entered combat in the Solomons with VMF-121 in 1943, flying the F4U-1 Corsair. He scored his first victory on his first mission, and had a score of 3 by the time the unit’s tour was up. He was then transferred to VMF(N)-544 at MCAS Cherry Point to undergo night fighter training on the F6F Hellcat. In February 1945, half of the unit was redesignated as VMF(N)-511 and sent aboard the USS Block Island II (CVE-106). The unit did not see active combat, and Porter campaigned to get transferred to one of the units assigned to operate ashore in the Okinawa campaign. He was first sent to VMF(N)-533 in time for the April invasion, then transferred to VMF(N)-542 in May, then stationed for air defense at the Ulithi Atoll fleet anchorage. On May 30, VMF(N)-542 was transferred to Kadena AB on Okinawa. On June 15, 1945, Porter scored two victories over Japanese intruders to become an ace.
The Royal Class kit has complete photo-etch, a resin engine, and decals for five different aircraft. The model was done complete OOB using kit decals.
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