Monogram 1/48 Grumman F6-F Hellcat
Well, this is a first on two counts. It’s the very first pics taken of this ancient model, and it’s the first set of pics I’ve posted that weren’t taken at an airport! Bob Mack said he’d like to see the pics of my Monogram Hellcat, so I took her out of the dark corner of the display cabinet and placed her on my Harbor Freight workbench top for some quick pics.
It was built around the spring of 1990. I distinctly recall working on it in my grandmother’s old house where we were temporarily living. It was the third model I finished after my “return” to scale models in the late 1980s. It “features” my crude attempt at scratch-building oleo scissors and some rudimentary cockpit and wheel well details. That was the result of reading my first issues of Finescale Modeler magazine. 😉 The kit itself is very basic and belies its ancient origins. It is quite crude compared to any recent versions and show how far our hobby has come. And hopefully, how I myself might’ve improved my modeling skills.:) A few years ago, this model suffered an accident while in the cabinet. The port wing was knocked off and I just couldn’t get her back in correct position without losing my cool so I left it as seen here.
A trip to the airport may still be in the future for this old warbird. That setting might produce better pics but there’s only so much to be done for this one I’m afraid. That said, here she is, from the really early days of Brantley Model Werken, my Monogram Hellcat. Thanks for looking!
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