F6F-5 Hellcat Revell 85-5262 1:48 Scale Review

2012 July 2
by Doug

RoR Review 20120702 – F6F-5 Hellcat Revell 85-5262 1:48 Scale Review
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Known as the Hellcat, the Grumman F6F series was designed to replace the F4F Wildcat series.  Although similar in many respects to the F4F, the Hellcat was an entirely new design.  Fitted with a 2,000 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800 engine spinning a 3 blade Hamilton Standard propeller the F6F-5 had a top speed of 380 mph and a combat radius of 945 miles.  It was armed with six .50 cal machine guns (3 in each wing) and could carry up to six 5in HVAR’s (High Velocity Aircraft Rocket), and/or 4,000 lbs of bombs (1 x 2,000 lb bomb on a centerline rack and 1,000 lbs of bombs under each wing). 

The Hellcat made its combat debut against the Japanese on September 1st 1943.  U.S. Navy and Marine Corps pilots flew 66,530 combat sorties in Hellcats by the end of World War Two.  The pilots claimed to have shot down 5,163 enemy aircraft while losing 270 Hellcats.  This 19:1 kill ratio (based on claimed, not confirmed kills) gives the Hellcat a kill ratio unmatched by any other U.S. Navy fighter in World War II.

For the Modeler: Avoiding mechanical construction problems with an alternate build schema, weapon marking details, seam repairs, overall, cockpit and crew member color selections, detailing sequences and decal preparation and application techniques are all fully explained in the Step-by-Step review   


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