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René Hieronymus
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Grumman F6F-5 Target Tow "One Hell of a ride Cat"

July 17, 2016 · in Aviation · · 7 · 2.4K

Here is my next cat, this time I've chosen a in a rather unusual livery. During WWII several Hellcats, mostly refurbished models were used in the most exciting role as a traget tow aircraft. To give their pilots a chance for not being mistaken as the target these aircraft were given a very bright paint job, just to make sure that all those trigger happy "wannabe aces" hit the right target. Allthough I'm pretty sure that the pilots of these machines had one hell of a ride and some mixed feelings.

Anyhow, the paint shop makes for an extraordnary looking brd and I had to built one. For this particular version I used once again the nothing but excellent kit in 1:72. Some minor modifications were made, like deleting the armament and adding some selfmade exhaust stacks, plus a few more details around the landing gear. The weathering was done using the salt-technique plus additional washes and pastells.
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  1. Excellent work as is the norm for your builds, Rene...I love it!

  2. Rene, I actually saw a clipping from a wartime magazine (unidentified) of one of these, though I think it was a -3. I was going thru a collection of items given to the museum I volunteer for. The donor was a WW II Naval Aviator, who trained as a fighter pilot, but got sent to instructing at NAS Memphis.
    I was wondering if it was from NAS Johnsville, Pa. NAMU. I've seen SB2Us, Venturas, and a PB4Y in overall chrome yellow. Makes sense for a target tower.

  3. Nicely done Rene...quite an eye catching paint scheme on a very well done model.

  4. Excellent choice for some Hellcat variety! Like the weathering and detail work. I was looking for the attachment point for the targets - was it underneath or from the tail end?

  5. Very nice, unusual build.

  6. That's way cool. Great look, great job.

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