Eduard Grumman Hellcat in 1/72 Scale

Very little needs done to improve Eduard’s Hellcat.  The bar which supports the shoulder straps is molded as a ridge on the aft cockpit bulkhead.  I shaved that off and replaced it with a wire bar.  Simple fix, and the detail is prominent.   I also replaced the center canopy section with vacuform.  I re-used a set of Eduard canopy masks from an earlier build, they will work fine if they are removed carefully and placed on their backing sheets.

I didn’t originally plan to build an FAA bird, but I liked the markings on Xtradecal’s Yanks with Roundels sheet.  They worked like a champ, and the sheet includes several other schemes which I plan to use at some point. The kit is one of the very best in our scale, and just about anything needed to build any service variant of a Hellcat is included in the box.  If you haven’t built one yet, give yourself a treat and try one!

The model represents the Hellcat Mk. I of Sub. Lt. Spencer, , 800 NAS, HMS Emperor, Southern France, September 1944.

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