1/48 F6F-5, USS Randolph, May 1945 - Your Favorite Aircraft of All Time GB

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  1. Catch22

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    #1 Catch22, Feb 6, 2012
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    User Name: Catch22, Cory
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    Entry: F6F-5, Lt. Hamilton McWhorter, VF-12, USS Randolph, May 1945
    Kit: Eduard 1/48 F6F Royal Class
    Accessories: Kit supplied PE and resin

    Here's my second entry (though I'll likely start it before the F4U). I have never really used resin in the past so it will be interesting. For PE it comes with the coloured PE set for the engine, as well as landing gear wells AND gun bays. I will likely only use the landing gear wells on this one however.

    Lt. Hamilton McWhorter was both the first Hellcat ace and Hellcat double ace. He first flew with VF-9, but was moved to VF-12 for his second tour while they were converting from F4Us to Hellcats. He finished the war with 12 kills. I like this scheme because of the elaborate G-Symbol as well as 9 being my favourite number (due to a hockey player) and the white ailerons are sharp. I've already built one of these in the past minus the resin and PE wheel wells and it went together easily, but I'll likely use Andy's excellent -3 as a guide as I go through the build. I may also build a base for it, including the Tamiya pilot set with moto-tug, but that's not a guarantee.

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    I unfortunately cannot find any actual photos of this aircraft. When the friend of my father's gave us the 200 models, he also gave us some books, including the Detail and Scale for the F6F so I have plenty of reference photos for Hellcats in general.
     
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    Good one Cory, and it hasn't got bent wings !!
     
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    It kind of does Terry, and thanks for the sticky Wojtek.

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    Really no problem for me Cory. :)
     
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    OK, slightly bent!
     
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    Forgot a :lol: on my part Terry!
     
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    Good one Cory and my favourite colour as well. You'll enjoy the resin and PE, fiddly but worth the effort. With the resin though you may have to do a bit of fit and test, it's not often they will fit in without some filing and juggling.
     
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    Nice choice Cory! I have been thinking about picking up an Eduard Hellcat so do it up like a review.
     
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    Thanks Vic and Bruce!

    Vic, I'm HOPING that because it's all Eduard resin that it will fit fairly easily. Bruce, I'll do my best. Also, you'd be good to check out Andy's Hellcat in the D-Day GB.
     
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    Thanks Vic and Bruce!

    Vic, I'm HOPING that because it's all Eduard resin that it will fit fairly easily. Bruce, I'll do my best. Also, you'd be good to check out Andy's Hellcat in the D-Day GB.
     
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    nice one Cory, will go through the books i collected for my Hellcat you never know a pic may turn up !
     
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    Don't you just love these early carrier airplanes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Good choice.
     
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    Excellent Cory. gonna do this one some day too!
     
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    Me to! I have it waiting in the stash. Looks like a real nice kit.
     
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    Thanks guys, and appreciated Karl!
     
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    Looking forward to this Hellcat build!
     
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    Another great choice Cory, looks like you get blue navy paint by the gallon!
     
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    Cory
    dont have a pic of No9, but have a couple of pics of other F6's on Randolph's deck from the same Sqdn if you want them ?
    not sure what your instructions say but that unit had the airelons painted white as well as the aircraft number on the nose !!!!!!
     
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    Nice choice there Cory.
     
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