Year of the Cat
This is an out of the box Eduard kit of the F6F-3. This is a very nice kit with the exceptions of the decals. I had a problem with some of them wandering and warping all over the place. I managed to save the significant decals for this particular A/C but the stars came from my stash.
This is an A/C of VF-33, land based on Ondonga in 1943. being land based it had the arial removed and a whip antenna was used in it’s place. this particular A/C was flown by Lt Carlos “Ken” Hildebrandt USNR. He is credited with 5 confirmed victories. According to the “American Fighter Aces Album”, Hildebrandt was born in San Francisco in 1916. He completed flight training in 1941 and went to various duties then to VF-33 where he gained Ace status. In 1944 he returned to the USA as a Lt Commander and was discharged after VJ day He remained in the USN Reserves at Oakland NAS. He retired from the USN in 1954 as a Lt. Commander.He then went into broadcasting and eventually owned a radio station. C. “Ken” Hildebrandt passed away at the age of 83 in 2000
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