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F6f-5 Hellcat, VF-74 Flying Wolfhounds,1944.1/72 Hasegawa.

The VF-74 Flying Wolfhounds, not to be confused with VF-74 Bedevilers, which began as VBF-20 and then VF-92. a bit confusing, was established March 1944 at Norfolk Va. training at NAS Atlantic City. Sailed onboard USS Kasaan Bay CVE-69 with thei[...]

Paint table

I found another good photo of my paint table out in our garage when I lived near Cortez, Colorado. It's about 2 feet square/610mm. I attach two 7500 daylight bulb lamps to it. I could set my turn table on the table that had the big 1/18th scale[...]

EDUARD 1:72 F6F-3 Hellcat, VF-16, USS LEXINGTON CV-16, late 1943

This build brought back memories of my childhood on the '50s, early '60s building Monogram F6Fs. Though the surface detail is great, typical Eduard, i felt the need to replace many smaller detail parts with the following. Brassin resin P&W r[...]

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[...]

Royal Navy F6F Hellcat Mk 1 – Attack the Tirpitz!

Here's my latest completion, Otaki's aging F6F Hellcat kit in1/48. The subject is one of the first Hellcats that went to 800 Sqn FAA, HMS Emperor, and participated in the Royal Navy strikes against the Tirpitz, while she was anchored in Norwa[...]

1/48 hasegawa F6F VBF-87

Fresh off the bench 10,000 Grumman built Hellcat . Paint with Mr color paints, mig wash. Aftermarket ites LF Models decals and eduard Brassin Resin Wheels . Slight issue on the decals tonight. The decals on the nose and other area Had disintegr[...]

On This Day…June 5th.

Stanley Winfield ‘Swede’ Vejtasa’s first assignment was with Scouting Squadron 5 (VS-5) aboard the carrier USS Yorktown from August 1939 to May 1942, during which time he shot down 3 Japanese fighters and damaged 1 while flying an SBD-3 Dauntl[...]

On This Day…

Ju88 crashed after take off in Holland, June 3rd, 1941. ____________________ On June 3, 1943, This MK.V1c Beaufighter ran off the airstrip into ditch when landing at Dobodura, Papua New Guinea. ____________________ Following the shock[...]

On This Day…June 2nd.

Hampden TB.1 (AD852) UB-N - of 455 Squadron, RAAF Leuchars, Scotland, 2nd June 1943. Great angle to see that distinctive Hampden shape. And above, same aircraft and day, in flight. ____________________ On June 2nd, 1943, one of the mos[...]

Hasegawa 1/48 F6F-5 Hellcat U.S.S. Hornet VF-17 “Jolly Rogers”

the VF-17 "Jolly Rogers" were formed on January 1,1943 at NAS Norfolk under the command of LT. Commander John T. "Tommy" Blackburn as CO and Roger Hedrick as XO...Blackburn was a Buffalo and F4F pilot but VF-17 was the second naval squadron to[...]