I agree with Robert, as your C-47 engines and wheels do indeed look great !!! Like you, I keep the box art for most of my models. I have even been tempted to frame some of them…………….
I built a smaller 1/48 scale “Minsi III” about 20 years ago. Mine was the Hasegawa version, as I don’t think that Eduard had offered their version of it yet. Fast forward until two years ago and I built up 4 more of these Hasegawa F6F’s. I like how they fit and they look very presentable once completed, even though some have scoffed at the cowling shape.
I have been around a full sized F6F-3 as it was being restored to airworthy condition on multiple occasions, and have seen the cowling numerous times and Hasegawa’s 1/48 scale version is not too bad in my opinion. Some will not agree with me………….
Here’s what lurks behind the cowl of the Hellcat. The massive and reliable R-2800 twin row radial engine…….
I took tons of photos of this plane during it’s restoration. I have some very good pictures of the illusive “Grumman Gray” that was computer matched to the original colors that were found during the disassembly stage. I took these photos about 3 years ago.
This plane is a meticulous restoration, and just before it was set to hit the air show circuit upon completion, they located and installed a set of the original early style “spoked” wheels and these later Post War solid hub types were removed.
The Hellcat is in my top 5 all time favorites…………..
Sorry for rambling on. Enjoy the Hellcat photos. Maybe someday you can resume building on your “So Dead” Hellcat model. If and when you decide to do this please contact me……… I might want to join you in building a few more that I have in the stash. Lately I have been wanting to build some FAA types…………… The Hellcat and the Corsair can both be great examples of this.
Since McCampbell was the Unit Commander,
I’m sure that his plane would have been kept in top notch condition, both mechanically and in physical appearance. I would not loose any sleep worrying about your model being “too glossy”. It had to be new at some point………..