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World War II: USA
Aircraft of the United States in WWII.
Hosted by Rowan Baylis
1/48 Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat (Eduard)
Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: January 08, 2014
KitMaker: 425 posts
AeroScale: 401 posts
Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 04:39 AM UTC
I love this kit, very nice choice!
Limburg, Netherlands
Joined: January 31, 2009
KitMaker: 229 posts
AeroScale: 104 posts
Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 02:11 AM UTC
Very nice kit of a very nice plane...I'm sure you'll enjoy this one.

Staff MemberEditor-in-Chief
England - South West, United Kingdom
Joined: May 14, 2006
KitMaker: 10,907 posts
AeroScale: 286 posts
Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 02:09 AM UTC
I like you thought it was a shark mouth offering, but it is supposed to represent a cats mouth with blood shot eyes. I Look forward to your efforts and may even join in.
Staff MemberAssociate Editor
New York, United States
Joined: December 04, 2010
KitMaker: 11,182 posts
AeroScale: 7,388 posts
Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 09:06 PM UTC
I'm looking forward to following your build, as I'm a big fan of Leroy Grumman, Grummans, & USN aircraft.

The kit really has a great reputation from all that I've read about it. And I completely agree that Tamiya's XF-17 isn't even gloss to USN WW11 FS 35042 Non specular Sea Blue.

Joined: December 07, 2013
KitMaker: 907 posts
AeroScale: 206 posts
Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 06:55 PM UTC

I never made an US Navy aircraft, so I'm starting the famous F6F-3 Hellcat, one of the main fighters of the Pacific war. I will not bother you with the history of the plane (plenty of information on the net), so right to the business.
I've decided to go with USS Princeton scheme, with the colorful Shark mouth painting on the nose. Strictly OOB build, but you really don't need an aftermarket here, even resin wheels are included.
I bought new paints for the job (really like working with Gunze acrylics), I have also XF-17 Sea blue, but it has an awful greenish hue, so not recommended .