Airfix 1/24 Hellcat MKII
Hellcat MKII operated by the FAA off HMS Khedive, East Indies, March- April 1945.
A relatively trouble free build. I was, however, disappointed by some of the detail left of by Airfix on such a large scale kit, but nothing that the average modeller with good references cannot add.
I went for a sunbleached, faded finish that was seen on these aircraft operating in the tropics. I tried to stay away from aftermarket parts with the exception of Aeroscale brass undercarriage and Barracuda resin wheels, these still have to be attached.
Note that FAA Hellcats with Admiralty issue radio equipment never had aerial leads and often had the aerial masts truncated and replaced with whip aerials.
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