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That one may be the prototype for the -5 and have the windscreen, but the BuNo is solidly in the middle of the -3 blocks.  I haven't seen any documentation that it ever was designated anything other than F6F-3.  That said, it is a flat-windscreen Hellcat day fighter in tri-color scheme.  Good luck making that odd canopy!

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On 7/12/2019 at 3:53 PM, justplanecrazy said:

My father flew Hellcats off the U.S.S Randolph with VF 16 at the end of the war, so I am a bit of a Hellcat nut. I do know that the exhaust bulge on the cowling, along with the lower exhaust flap were deleted somewhere in early to mid -3 production, and that the very early F6F-5's had the windows behind the canopy. There is a picture of David McCampbell's MINSI II that is an early -5 and it is glossy sea blue overall with the aft windows, it is my understanding these were deleted on the -5 early in production. The only visible difference between a late -3 and early -5 is the windscreen. I have also read that -5's left the factory with rocket stubs installed and metal blast deflector plates over the flaps behind the stubs, -3's did not. Also as a side note regarding arming your Hellcat, dad said he flew with rockets OR bombs on a strike, never both

I read about these metal plates on the flaps as well, but have seen no photographic proof or read any official literature to say that they actually existed.  Detail & Scale had a simple line drawing of an F6F-5 showing these plates, but I would never consider that an accurate resource.  Restoration warbirds can’t be accepted as accurate either.  Anyone have any thoughts?  Since the Airfix kit doesn’t have this detail in their molded kit parts, this will become an issue for anyone attaching rockets to their models.

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Laziness and lack of time as im on holiday  prompts this question ,

 

are there any CUrRENT restored f5fs flying around that are f3f markings as a tribute to a particular pilot or aircraft? That would be enough ‘evidence’ for me to do a 3 tone machine if you see what i mean...

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23 hours ago, Jennings Heilig said:

That may be the "prototype" -5, but I'd bet it's a -3 with a -5 windscreen.  You'd need to know the BuNo for sure.

The BuNo, 25881, is identified in the caption of the photo that was linked. 

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On 7/14/2019 at 12:40 PM, Randy said:

I read about these metal plates on the flaps as well, but have seen no photographic proof or read any official literature to say that they actually existed.  Detail & Scale had a simple line drawing of an F6F-5 showing these plates, but I would never consider that an accurate resource.  Restoration warbirds can’t be accepted as accurate either.  Anyone have any thoughts?  Since the Airfix kit doesn’t have this detail in their molded kit parts, this will become an issue for anyone attaching rockets to their models.

I answered my own question. I found an old file envelope that was mailed to me in 1994 from the Grumman Corporation. I wrote at the time asking for some wing fold details for the Hellcat.  What they sent were some engineering drawings of the wing fold hinge and photocopies of some overall drawings.  On the last page is a fold-out drawing of an F6F-5.  The caption at the wing states “ ROCKET MOUNTS When used, 3 Rockets were carried under each wing and protective covers fitted to bottom of fabric surfaces of outboard flaps.”  It has the Grumman Hellcat logo on the page so I guess that’s as “official” as it gets.  I totally forgot that I had this.  

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On 7/15/2019 at 5:11 AM, Markjames1968 said:

Laziness and lack of time as im on holiday  prompts this question ,

 

are there any CUrRENT restored f5fs flying around that are f3f markings as a tribute to a particular pilot or aircraft? That would be enough ‘evidence’ for me to do a 3 tone machine if you see what i mean...

  The Fighter Collection in the UK operated a -5 painted up as Vraciu's -3 up until very recently.  There are thousands of photos to be found online including a number of good walkaround pictorials.

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Probably would have to delete/smooth over the gun ports....................and sure looks like you wouldn't have to do it brand spanking new clean either! 

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On 6/30/2019 at 10:21 AM, Gisbod said:

Thanks Ryan and Wingman ;)

 

I’ve made a start this morning and it’s going together surprisingly quickly. I’m getting as much sticking together done on the interior as I can before paint. 

 

As mentioned before, the plastic is fairly soft, the cockpit floor seems a teeny bit warped - but should squeeze into shape ok. I’ve done a test fit of the fuselage halves and it goes together - with the internals fitted - with some pressure. I’ll have to keep an eye on that as I progress. Not quite a snap build.

 

That said, it’s a fun build already - it’s a lovely scale to work with ie it’s not too fiddly.

 

Here are some progress pictures.

 

 

ECF4-DF8-E-1884-417-E-9-DCB-AC932738-C73

 

 

A few sink holes to fill:

 

 

7-D8513-D0-3-BF5-4-E99-987-B-61-C917412-

 

 

27-BB3-B1-D-E6-D2-494-F-BDB2-A688-DD62-B

 

 

50058-F0-F-518-E-4-FE0-91-A7-570-D1-D167

 

 

The first part of the Airscale set fitted (kit detail sanded off)

 

9867311-C-E10-C-4-AA4-AF0-D-E0-F307569-A

 

 

BA259-F70-EFB7-4597-9865-CD286-B9799-F1.

 

 

 

I’ll need to add some kind of seat cushion to replace the kit one moulded with straps.

 

 

Thanks for looking,

 

 

Guy

looks great so far. the seat cushion you're referring to was actually the pilot's life raft or "dingy" as referred to in the U.K. 

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Posted (edited)

Hi All,

 

Thanks for the great input. I think my idea of a 3 tone is dwindling, but the midnight blue will be a challenge which could be interesting , and still the option of the FAA scheme.

 

Back from Holidays, but away this weekend then straight back into a 5 day work trip, so this won’t be an overly quick build. 

 

I have, however, completed most of the internal structure of the wings, most won’t be visible and credit to Airfix for the level of detail here. It is though, fairly complex, compounded by having one wing folded - it’s a bit of a nightmare flicking back and forth through endless instructions to accommodate this, it was for me at least! 

 

Everything has fitted very well, although a few parts have come slightly warped, so a bit of gluing & clamping required in places...

 

Guy

 

 

A110-DC38-E849-4136-A921-EB57822-EDE15.j

 

 

Nice view of the stressed skin effect:

 

 

292-F5-E01-5460-4-C7-F-A888-DCEC7418-EFC

 

 

 

 

 

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On 7/14/2019 at 12:40 PM, Randy said:

       Detail & Scale had a simple line drawing of an F6F-5 showing these plates, but I would never consider that an accurate resource.

 

Why not ? The drawing is by Dana Bell , I don't think he would hypothesize on something like that. 

 

:shrug:

 

 

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You're doing great work on this. I love airfix's new kits, and I love hellcats, but I don't know where I could possibly put a model this size.

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