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  1. Does anyone know if there is any sort of archive of photos that have been in IPMS Journals and/or taken at the national conventions? I would like to try to find a specific photo of a 1/48 Fujimi F6F Hellcat. Someone built it and painted it orange and white and put custom decals for Hooters restaurant on it. It was displayed with a cutout of Bert Kinzey's bio photo and a caption bubble saying that the shade of orange was entirely incorrect for that aircraft. That would have been sometime in the mid-90s. Does anyone else remember that? I tried looking for contact info on IPMS USA's website, but came up empty. If anyone can give me any leads, I'd appreciate it!
  2. Old- circa 1975 for the original release. Good overall shape and outline. The surface detail is a mix of very fine raised rivets and very deep panel lines on the wings and forward fuselage. The engine provides a good basis for the Double Wasp. The cockpit detail is not very extensive or accurate. The wheel wells could use some additional details as well. The gun bays are both open although the panels for the ammo boxes are not. The detail is pretty good and about even with what Trumpeter provides. Not bad considering it's age. Hasegawa includes the lower cowl flaps and exhaust fairings which Trumpeter doesn't, so building an F6F-3 out of the box is easier. That's a very brief rundown, but I hope it helps.
  3. Honestly, I'd just forego the Trumpeter Hellcat altogether. I'm working on the updated F6F Hellcat Detail & Scale book at the moment so I have just about all of the Hellcat models around. Neither 1/32 scale model is perfect but I would say that the Hasegawa would still be the better base kit since the shapes and outlines are better than the Trumpeter model. It would be more cost effective and better in the long run to go with something like a Lone Star Models resin cockpit. That's my take on it. I would be all for a good replacement for both kits!
  4. Yes! Hasegawa's is old and Trumpeter's is pretty bad. A new 1/32 scale model would be nice.
  5. Yes. I am replacing the kit ones with resin so mine are available. By the way- you do know they're wrong, right? The spoked hub is on both sides instead of just on the outside. I also have a spare set of 1/32 Hasegawa Hellcat tires if you'd rather use those. Either way, if you still need them just send me a message and let me know which ones you want and where to send them. Chris
  6. VF-17s Hellcats carried the temporary white cowl band during operations over Tokyo. As for kill markings, U.S. Navy aircraft were different from their Army counterparts. Pilots seldom had 'their' aircraft- they flew whatever was available. Aces such as Eugene Valencia and Cecil Harris flew multiple aircraft to score their victories. So, while that pilot may have had five or so kills they may have been in several different aircraft rather than just the one that you are modeling. I hope that helps.
  7. Well, I don't know the BuNo. for that particular aircraft but the late F6F-5s (as that one is, without the window behind the cockpit) had the forward light on the spine removed. As to the gloss sea blue, I don't know of any WWII/ post war variation. It should just be FS 15042 and the paint can be from whichever manufacturer you prefer.
  8. Thank you both very much for the replies! That's exactly what I needed to know. It was information I need for a project I've been meaning to do for a while.
  9. I admit that I don't know a lot about Spitfire marks, but I thought the only real differences between the Mk. VIII and IX is that the VIII had a more pointed rudder and retractable tail wheel. Is that right, or is there more to it? Any help is greatly appreciated!🍻
  10. There's a product called EZ Line and I think some by Uschi Van der Rosten (forgive me if I completely butchered that one). If you watch some of the YouTube videos posted by Plasmo of his WWII builds, he shows how he attaches the Uschi antenna lines.
  11. That's what I was thinking. There are a few 800 NAS photos from that time period and I've seen the same thing that you have. There was another Hellcat Mk. II that was supposedly painted a lighter shade of blue (roundel blue-white mix). Is there any historical basis for that one? I'd like to do one of those but I want it to be something that actually existed and that there are some photos of. Thanks for the info!
  12. I don't know much about Fleet Air Arm Hellcats and my references don't cover them really well. Freightdog makes a sheet that has a Hellcat from 800 NAS that has a checkered cowling. I can't find any photos of one painted like that. Does anyone know of any? Thanks!
  13. Oops. My apologies. I obviously missed that. I was hoping to see test shots or something but they didn't have any. If it's decent, I would like to do Alex Vraciu's Fury from VF-51 and one of the -3Ms from VF-121 Pacemakers.
  14. Oops. My apologies. I obviously missed that. I was hoping to see test shots or something but they didn't have any. If it's decent, I would like to do Alex Vraciu's Fury from VF-51 and one of the -3Ms from VF-121 Pacemakers.
  15. No. There was no test shot, no sprues, and not even any box art on display at the Nationals in Chattanooga. I only heard vague, second hand excuses and that's about it.
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