Thanks, again, iModeler! 1/48 Eduard F6F-3 Hellcat “Weekend Edition”
Photo caption reads: F6F Hellcat civilian aircraft is in flight. June, 1970, Charles F. Willis, then Alaska Airlines’ Board Chairman, with his F6F-3 “Little Nugget” painted in his airline’s colors. The big jetliners were emblazoned with “Golden Nugget”. Photo taken over Puget Southnd. The aircraft was purchased by Bill Compton of Albany, Oregon and destroyed in a crash in 1977.
As the Eduard Hellcat builders before me, I had few, if any issues. It took me quite a while to decide what I wanted to do. Good friend, and fellow imodeler, Jack Mugan suggested the “Little Nugget” scheme, and offered the fine Draw Decal sheet. At first I still couldn’t make up my mind, but being an F-3, my options were very limited. I’d already done the tri-color scheme on my old Otaki. Most American F-3’s were in that scheme. This left the Brit scheme, which Simon was already into, the drone red/orange/pink (tempting), and the white “Little Nugget”. I went with the racer because I thought a real racer would look good on the shelf with all my fantasy birds. The rest is history.
It was a quality kit, with fine engraving, and quite a bit of detail. There was no way it was getting done in a weekend, or even several weekends. I’m too slow for that. I thoroughly enjoyed the build, although the white, even with panel lines, was kind of boring. The Draw Decals worked as advertised, and although there weren’t that many, they really brightened things up. While the actual aircraft did not have too much success, the kit builds nicely into something you don’t see every day. Thanks again, imodeler !
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