F6F-3 Grumman Hellcat from Eduard in 1/48 scale

F6F-3 Grumman Hellcat “Weekend Edition” from Eduard

The F6F-3 Grumman Hellcat was a World War II-era carrier-based fighter aircraft designed and built by the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation. It was one of the most successful fighters of the war, and it played a significant role in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

The F6F-3 was introduced in 1943 and was powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engine, which gave it a top speed of over 380 mph (610 km/h). It was armed with six .50 caliber machine guns and could carry up to 2,000 pounds (907 kg) of bombs or rockets.

The Hellcat was renowned for its ruggedness, ease of maintenance, and excellent maneuverability at high speeds. It also had a reputation for being able to take significant damage and still bring its pilot home safely. Its combat record was exceptional, with over 5,000 enemy aircraft destroyed in aerial combat, making it the most successful US Navy fighter of the war.

hellcat weekend 1_48

The kit:

“Eduard 84160 F6F-3P weekend edition” The model is almost completely build from the box, I only added seat belts. I had no difficulties during the contruction and the accuracy of fit is very good. Due to the size in 1/48 the construction was a little more fun than in 1/72. As a template for the profile I have used the F6F-3 from Lt. Arthur Singer. The aircraft belonged to the AG-15 aboard the USS Essex in 1944.

As you can see I’ve I have used my photography skills again. This part of my hobby is as important as the contriction of the kit itself for me, because I can immerse myself into this tiny world.
I hope you enjoy it and thanks for your interest.

Very affordable and highly recommended kit. High level of detail!

Andreas Fey

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