This is the Eduard Weekend Edition kit built with a few add ones. The model represents the Hellcat flown by VMF(N)-533’s Captain Robert Baird on Okinawa in the summer of 1945. Baird became the Marines’ first night fighter ace with this plane.[...]
Hi fellow modellers, Want to share with you something big for me and for George as well.
George had just finished his first model today (02.0402020). He started it when he was 3 and finished when he is 4.
For the first build, I had chosen 1:72[...]
I acquired some cockpit and wheel well photo's, so I did my best to duplicate all of these items into this 1/32 scale model. I had to call upon my art talent to draw some logos that the pilot had someone paint on his airplane and/or apply decals[...]
Sometime in the early 1990's I met up with "Pylon Dave Jone's" who lived in Oklahoma/U.S.A. Dave sent me over 500 color 3-1/2" x 5" prints. I scanned in all of the photos, including several black and white prints then made a "master" CD disk a[...]
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[...]
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[...]
A F6F-3K drone based at Naval Air Station Atlantic City,New Jersey during March 1946. These drones were later used in Operation CROSSROADS, one of the atomic bomb tests.
Size 1/48, Eduard overtrees+Techmod decals insignia+ scratch antenas
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]