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Discuss WWII and the era directly before and after the war from 1935-1949.
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F6F-3, carrier deck and crew
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: February 04, 2008
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Posted: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 - 04:56 AM UTC
The F6F Hellcat was the most successful WWII US carrier-borne fighter, and the most successful Allied navy fighter of the entire war. In the Pacific the Hellcat accounted for 75 per cent of US NAVY’s aerial victories. It also served as a night fighter (up to the mid-50s), hauled bombs and rockets, performed reconnaissance. The rugged Grumman design was preferred to the Corsair for carrier operations, yet was phased out much earlier than the F4U: by the time the Korean War started, Hellcats served mostly as drones.
When Dragon released their 1/72 F6F kit, it joined the third generation of models of said aircraft. It is hardly the definitive kit in any scale, but it does have a number of interesting features beyond the added carrier deck and two crewmen.
Diorama-ready Hellcat package from Dragon.

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Michigan, United States
Joined: June 17, 2015
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Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 06:34 AM UTC
This is without a doubt one of the best 1/72 scale aircraft models I have ever seen. It is absolutely NOT OVERDONE, in any respect. I have AMS myself, taking 8 years or more to complete an aircraft is not unheard of.
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Grad Sofiya, Bulgaria
Joined: July 11, 2011
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Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 02:56 AM UTC
The kit is well-detailed, actually it beats the 1/48 Eduard kit. Had I not taken time to open the accessory bay the Dragon offering could be built in a weekend, landing gear and wing spar mods included. Painting it was the fun part, 14 layers on this paintjob with a few complete stripdowns for a good measure.