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Reini78

Latin Kitty...1/48 Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, Aviacion Naval Uruguaya

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#10/2019

So, my dad finished the first of some upcoming Latin American subjects.

In 1952, Uruguay purchased a mixed bunch of 12 old Hellcats (-3, -5, -5N)  from the US. To avoid the appearance of the US supporting a small South American country, the planes were sold by a private company, Cobell Industries. Therefore, to be a legal deal, the planes came without armament. Twelve pilots were sent to the US for training. During that, two aircrafts (453 and 454) were already lost due to accidents. Back in Uruquay, the planes were retrofitted with armament. Only six aircraft survived until their withdrawal from service in 1960.

Eduard kit with Armycast Decals, AK Real Color Air Dark Sea Blue and Off-White for the camo, EZ Line for the antenna wire.
With the decals there came a resin football antenna. But my dad is no fan of resin, so he used a plastic one from the sparesbox.

Build thread here

https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235050845-latin-kitty148-grumman-f6f-5-hellcat-aviacion-naval-uruguaya/

 

As usual not without glitches, but it looks the part.
 

 

33728541778_14614d0401_b.jpgDSC_0001 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr

 

40639383763_5daeeae7f0_b.jpgDSC_0003 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr

 

47552754202_d092e23bed_b.jpgDSC_0004 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr

 

40639382653_9c3e07a8de_b.jpgDSC_0005 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr

 

47552753062_8192d0e1f5_b.jpgDSC_0006 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr

 

46690088985_e360c074e0_b.jpgDSC_0007 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr

 

47552751742_d85ae0b305_b.jpgDSC_0008 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr

 

47605861401_db951e9409_b.jpgDSC_0009 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr

 

46690087635_060b612075_b.jpgDSC_0010 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr

 

33728538938_df458788b0_b.jpgDSC_0011 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr

 

47552748832_fee7b57ab7_b.jpgDSC_0013 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr

 

47605859031_95b1c8bf70_b.jpgDSC_0015 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr

 

46690084035_056cc1f302_b.jpgDSC_0016 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr

 

33728537958_165a813254_b.jpgDSC_0017 by Reinhard Spreitzhofer, auf Flickr

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That's a great looking Hellcat.  Very nice and unusual scheme and an interesting back story.  The panel highlighting and weathering is excellent.

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Very nicely done as always, looks cool in those markings too

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Superb work, looks great in that scheme

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10 hours ago, Pedro1 said:

Great to see a Hellcat in these unusual markings, and a great build as well!

 

Peter

 

10 hours ago, Meatbox8 said:

That's a great looking Hellcat.  Very nice and unusual scheme and an interesting back story.  The panel highlighting and weathering is excellent.

 

10 hours ago, russ c said:

Very nicely done as always, looks cool in those markings too

 

7 hours ago, F-32 said:

Superb work, looks great in that scheme

 

6 hours ago, Mark Joyce said:

Another great build with a very nice finish!  Thanks also for the information on those Hellcats.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

 

Thanks very much, appreciated as always!

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