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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:51 pm 
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Years ago the CASC acquired a box of small fragments from Jeff Hayse that were from the F6F-5K Drone Hellcat that crashed during the Battle of Palmdale: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Palmdale

We recently put the parts on display:
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Might redo some of the placards still:
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I wanted to represent the two types of aircraft that were involved in the incident and display them alongside the original parts. So I went into the gift shop where we have a well stocked array of model airplanes and found a 1/72 Revell F-89. But what to use for the Hellcat? That's when I found my old Lindberg "Legends of the Air" 3-in-1 kit that my father had bought me in the late 90's and that I ended up donating to the gift shop years ago, assuming I'd never build them.

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The Hellcats had been started by my 12 year old self, and now at 32, I was going to finish them. Both Hellcats received lengthened tails and more accurate rudders. Aftermarket resin engines and props were added, with one receiving new wheels as well. Cockpits were added with styrene plastic including bulkhead / armor plating, seats, instrument panels, putty headrests, and masking tape seatbelts.
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Quick and dirty and not too detailed to say the least, but enough to fill the void. The two were painted with rattle can spray paint, and weathered with pastel chalk and little bit of dry brushing.

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The decals came from Alley Cat with one representing the Point Mugu 5K that will go in the museum showcase.

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The other Hellcat I built for myself, finishing it as a pink tailed Hellcat from 1946's Operation Crossroads.

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All in all, with a little bit of know-how and modification, they turned out to be not too bad for a 53 year old kit! :shock:


Now... onto the 1/72 Revell F-89...

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Very Nice. Is that the Connecticut Air and Space Museum. The CAF museum in Camarillo, CA where the Scorpions were based has a similar display, but that one you have there is way better.

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Adam Kline wrote:
Very Nice. Is that the Connecticut Air and Space Museum. The CAF museum in Camarillo, CA where the Scorpions were based has a similar display, but that one you have there is way better.


Yes indeed! Thanks for the kind words. Hopefully the F-89 will come out just as good!

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Is there any clue to the Bu number or actual marking/scheme of the Palmdale Drone?
I understand it had yellow pods on the wingtips.

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Rogue wrote:
Is there any clue to the Bu number or actual marking/scheme of the Palmdale Drone?
I understand it had yellow pods on the wingtips.


I haven't found any. And so far the only mention I've found regarding the wing pods is from this site:
https://www.thexhunters.com/xpeditions/f6f-5k_accident.html

I may have to either try and add wing pods onto my F6F-5K, or make a knew one if that is in fact how the Hellcat was configured.

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