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David Garcia
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Vintage Lindberg 1/72 F6F Hellcat (with just a few tweaks)

July 27, 2021 · in Aviation · · 11 · 2.1K

One thing about the kits I have built is that the parts fit properly. All I did to this kit is open up the closed engine face and add a spare engine, some guns and an antenna. Everything else is out of the box. I did use the decals from the Academy kit too. The paint is good old Testors glossy sea blue. It is a nice and simple kit that certainly looks the part. Now to do the Betty.

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  1. An amazing result, David!
    Just like old times!

  2. Very nice build, David.
    Well done.

  3. Nice work, David. I remember those Lindberg kits well. That Hellcat and their P-47B always looked the part to me. They did a series of German a/c that were pretty good for their time too. All in 1/72.

  4. Great finish on your Hellcat. I enjoy reading about your vintage builds.

  5. Nice build David, true about the old Lindberg kits. I feel their Stearman and Curtiss Jenny looks fine to me. Your approach on the build by not going overboard but still do some tweaks resulted into a pretty nice looking hellcat.

  6. Another nice oldie! Looks great.

  7. Nice build - it definitely looks the part!

  8. That’s a pretty kitty... love those Grumman cats ! Would be nice to build a series from the Wildcat to the Tomcat. Great results from the Lindberg line .

  9. Looks good David. I love to see these older 'classic' kits being built

  10. Really nice, David (@thevid). This shows that many of the older kits can still be made into terrific models with a little TLC. Great job.

  11. Great model. I have a Lindberg Hellcat I'm finishing. Agree about the fit. Not a smidge of filler needed. Fantastic level of fit, far ahead of many modern and much more detailed kits

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