1/33 Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat - VF-20, aircraft #71 - Paper Model
Used mainly in the Pacific Theater of war during World War 2, the Grumman F6F Hellcat was developed from lessons learned through fighting in the air against the Japanese Empire. The 12,275 Hellcat's built were mainly used by the US Navy and US Marine Corps, but was also exported to the British Royal Navy (designated the Gannet Mk.I then later the Hellcat F Mk.I) and the French Navy. The most common variant of the Hellcat was the F6F-5. A slightly more streamlined engine cowling was developed to house a more powerful engine with a water injection system. The F6F-5 included other small changes such as spring-loaded control tabs on the ailerons, an improved clear view windscreen, flat armored-glass front panel, internal armor glass screen, strengthened rear fuselage/tail units and the small windows behind the main canopy were deleted. Additional variants of the F6F-5 included a night-fighter and reconnaissance version. The Hellcat was credited with destroying 5,271 aircraft during World War 2.
This paper model depicts a Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat assigned to VF-20, aircraft #71, aboard the USS Enterprise (CV-6) August-November 1944 and USS Lexington (CV-16) December 1944-January 1945
Paper Model Details: Over 250+ parts on 8 pages including formers in the fuselage and wings, connecting strips, detailed engine, stacked wheels, cockpit interior, template for clear canopy, rolled landing gear, parts for separate control surfaces, wire template for separate control surfaces, wire templates for landing gear, recessed wheel wells for landing gear and three pages of instructional diagrams. Degree of Difficulty: 4/5 If you enjoy building this paper model, please contribute a review!
Text by Robert Turner
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