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Tom Cleaver
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Lotsa Hellcats

December 6, 2016 · in Aviation · · 10 Comments

Various from the collection:

  1. F6F-3 of LT Jim Shirly, VF-27, Leyte gulf 1944 - Eduard

  2. F6F-5N VMF(N)-542 - MAJ Bruce Porter, Okinawa, 1945 - Eduard

  3. F6F-5 "Minsi III" Dave mcCampbellm CAG AVG-15, Leyte Gulf 1944 - Hasegawa w/Cutting Edge Cowling

  4. F6F-5, ENS Clarence "Spike" Borley, VF-15, Formosa Strikes, October 1944 - Eduard

  5. F6F-3, Lt(jg) Jim Duffy, VF-15, Marianas Turkey Shoot - Eduard fuselage, HB wings kitbash.

  6. Hellcat I, 800 Squadron, HMS Emperor, Invasion of southern France, 1944 - Eduard

7.Hellcat I, 1833 Squadron, HMS Formidable, Operation Iceberg, 1945 - Otaki

  1. F6F-5N, VMF(N)-541, Ulithi, 1945 - Trumpeter 1/32

  2. Hellcat I, 800 Squadron - Trumpeter 1/32

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10 responses

  1. Lotsa great models, sez I.I'm really getting to like them nightfighters, especially the nekkid woman on the one from Ulithi. It's a curse.

  2. "Hellcats of the Navy"...wasn't that a John Wayne movie?

  3. The cats are back and they just won't stay away. Nice collection Tom.

  4. Yeah, I like the nekkid woman, too!

  5. Another nice collection!

  6. It's funny, how an airplane with so few camo options is so popular with modelers.

    When you consider that the only changes in the airframe from the first prototype to the last one off the line was an engine change (R-2600 to R-2800) and detail changes (canopy, specific armament, etc.) it has to be considered the most successful fighter design ever.

  7. You can never go wrong with one for sure. There are a whole lot of cool finishing options out there to build a really unique plane. The F6F is my second favorite plane, right next to the Corsair. Thanks for sharing your builds with us Tom. They are all excellent, and I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite out of these.

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