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1/32 Trumpeter F6F-5 Hellcat “Fleet Air Arm 1944-45”

This article is part of a series:
  1. Work In Progress: 1/32 Trumpeter F6F-5 Fleet Air Arm Version
  2. WIP Update 2: 1/32 Trumpeter Hellcat in Royal Navy FAA Markings
  3. WIP: 3rd Update “1/32 Trumpeter F6F-5 Hellcat in Royal Navy Markings”
  4.   1/32 Trumpeter F6F-5 Hellcat “Fleet Air Arm 1944-45”

Project Complete: 1/32 Trumpeter Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat “Fleet Air Arm 1944-45”

Markings: Fleet Air Arm Squadron assigned to the HMS Indomitable from 1944-45, Pacific Theater.

Kit: 1/32 Trumpeter 1/32 Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat

Build Duration: Apx 1-Month 3-4 hrs per Day

This Hellcat was a commissioned build assembled and completed mostly out of the box except for: Techmod Decals, Brass Gun-Barrels, Eduard Steel Seat Harness, Resin Wheel/Tires.

Please see my other 3 WIP articles for details related to this build.

41 additional images. Click to enlarge.


14 responses to 1/32 Trumpeter F6F-5 Hellcat “Fleet Air Arm 1944-45”

  1. Well done indeed, Paul….I’m sure you’re client will be duly impressed.

  2. Paul,
    Really great build. How was the Trumpeter kit to build? I am putting the finishing touches on a Haswgawa Hellcat and it has anything but a joy.

    As always your skill is impressive. Keep building, love seeing your work.

    • Its not a bad kit to build. Very detailed in so many ways. Fit of most parts was decent with no serious complaints. Only had some issues with the engine parts and how it mounted to fuselage and have not figured out why. I think the instructions are misleading on the engine parts resulting in me doing something wrong but just a guess. I did not use any filler, and/or putty b/c main parts are good.

  3. What a beauty! You really have a way with weathering and finishing. And I love that scheme – I’m definitely adding one to my collection – much more visual interest than the USN blue. (though I’ll build one of those to…)

  4. A ‘signature Teixeira’ and that is a compliment, Paul.

  5. Paul, it turned out splendid! Photo #3 is stunning. Well done.
    Did you airbrushed the exhaust stains or did you used other mediums?

  6. Paul, it looks fantastic! I’m not at all surprised that your client like the photos and he will be amazed and VERY pleased when he sees it in person. You are a true artist. Your weathering is absolutely outstanding!

    Bravo!

  7. Terrific build!!!

  8. Paul, This is one well worn looking Hellcat. The weathering and worn paint areas turned out really nice. I also really like the scheme. Overall, well done !

  9. Ridden hard and put away wet, that’s one war weary Cat. Looks good Paul.

  10. Wonderful job Paul. This looks great!

  11. Damn good! I really admire when naval weathering is done well as it is here. Great work, you can be very proud of yourself!

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