F6F-3 Hellcat ProfiPack

1/72 F6F-3 Hellcat ProfiPack

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The Grumman F6F “Hellcat” was a carrier-based fighter aircraft developed to replace the earlier F4F “Wildcat” in U.S. Navy service. Although the F6F bore a family resemblance to the Wildcat, it was a completely new design powered by a 2,000 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800 engine. Some tagged it as the “Wildcat’s big brother”. The Hellcat and the Vought F4U “Corsair” were the primary USN fighters during the second half of WWII.


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After the great success of the Hellcat in 1/48, Eduard continues the tradition with the version of Hellcat in 1/72, that has nothing to envy from his big brother.
In a soft side opening box with a pretty box-art the kit comprises 68 parts in green plastic, 8 clear parts, 2 photo etch frets one of them is pre-painted, paint masks, decal options for 5 different aircraft and colour instruction manual.

The first tree contains the wings with very good engraving and precision detail in the wheel bays.

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The second tree contains the fuselage with unique and subtle panel effect,three cowl options and aft control surfaces.

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The third tree contains the smaller parts of the kit with the cockpit, engine in two parts, landing gear legs, wheels with separate hubs and choice of two types of tires.
Also included two styles of bombs, rockets, centreline drop tank and the propeller.
All these are offered with great detail, we find in the larger scales.
Congratulations to the Eduard.

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The clear sprue is clean with no marks and scratches.

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The first fret is pre-painted and including two-part overlays for the instrument panel, throttles, throttle levers and harnesses.

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The second unpainted fret has ignition harness for the engine, grille for air intake, harnesses for the fuel tank and two sets of bomb fins.

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Die-cut masks is supplied for painting the canopy and landing gear wheels.

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The perfectly decals are printed by Cartograf and provides 5 marking options for each variant.

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The painting guides offer five-views. Paint names are generic with Gunze Aqueous and Mr Color codes. These also are used throughout the assembly instructions for detail painting colour.


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F6F-3, Probable BuNo 66016, VF-16, USS Lexington, Hawaii, September, 1943
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F6F-3, BuNo 25813, Lt. C.K. 'Ken' Hilderbrandt, VF-33, Ondonga, December, 1943
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F6F-3, BuNo 40090, VF-1, Lt. William C Moseley, USS Yorktown, June, 1944
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F6F-3, BuNo 40467, Lt. Alexander Vraciu, VF-6, USS Intrepid, February, 1944
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F6F-3, Lt. Richard E. Stambook, VF-27, USS Princeton, October, 1944

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Excellent work in this kit from Eduard,the level of detail is superb that I have not ever seen in this scale.
The great decal selection, coupled with the quality photoetch and paint masks is a good value package.
Highly Recommended.


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