1/48th Hasegawa F6F-3 Hellcat
When I saw the actual photo of this plane, I just knew I had to build it. Other than the quite unusual white paint trim, it's pretty much a standard WWII tri-color Hellcat. I know it was from a Navy squadron but I have yet to identify which one. In any event, it was a pretty straight-forward build with no complications. In my opinion, the Hasegawa kit is one of the best Hellcat models currently available. I built mine pretty much out of the box with the exception of an Eduard color cockpit set, True Details weighted wheels (trimmed down a bit) and the rear vac canopy also from True Details. The kit canopy would not allow it to be installed in the open position and I wanted to have it open. The model is airbrushed with Model Master enamel paint. The decals came from 'ye ole decal stash box except for the plane's name 'Lolly' and the pilot's name which were custom printed for me. The final photo in the batch is a shot of the actual plane out in the South Pacific in 1944.
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