F6F-5K drone USS Boxer,Korea 1952, Eduards 1/72 Hellcat
Probably the last time US Navy Hellcats were used in combat. Used as crude surface to surface missiles, launched from Boxer CV 21,against targets in 1952 during the Korean war, loaded with a large bomb. The F6F-5K’s carried a TV camera pod under the right wing with a AD Skyraider controlling aircraft receiving the TV image sending it to the target. They weren’t very successful, out of the six sent one hit a target, four missed and one aborted. Essentially a kamikaze Hellcat [without the pilot].
The build is Eduards 1/72 F6F-3, I used the -5 parts which are included in the kit , the TV pod is a modified bomb from spares, a couple of antennas, decals and a bomb also from spares.
One final note ,this is the first F6F that I’ve done in years, I might be getting Hellcat fever I feel like doing another, maybe just as obscure.
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