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André-style Grumman F6F "Hellcat" V1
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A relatively old modification of André's Focke-Wulf 190 , which I slightly updated but which is still rather inaccurate. Posted for posterity reasons and because I hadn't created a Version two. (I have now!)
About this creation
The Grumman F6F--also known as the "Hellcat"--was a fighter designed by Grumman as a successor to the venerable F4F "Wildcat" and initially was designed with far fewer changes from the Wildcat than it would actually have; however, in response to the F4F's deficiency against the Japanese Mitsubishi Type Zero Carrier Fighter, or simply "Zero", the F6F underwent several design changes--chief among them being re-engine to the Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp, a larger and more powerful engine than that used by the Wildcat, and having the armament increased; the F6F is primarily armed with six AN/M2 Browning "Ma Deuce" machine guns, the principal aircraft weapon of the United States Armed Forces at the time, giving it fairly formidable firepower. These, among other changes, resulted in a bulkier, more powerful aircraft that could more easily outfly the Zero--a MUCH less durable aircraft--and helped secure air superiority in the Pacific Theatre.



The model is a relatively old (roughly form last year) edit of André's FW-190 model (http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/398203), with far fewer modifications than it would actually take to recreate the Hellcat--I cut a lot of corners and didn't use any reference images. As a result, while from a glance it bears a resemblance, and it's not a bad model as far as quality is concerned, it's rather wildly inaccurate to the Hellcat's design.


Rather obviously, I ensured that the gun placement was accurate to the Hellcat--I cut a lot of corners on the model, but this was one I WASN'T willing to cut. I replaced the four guns on the wings and two guns on the fuselage with six similarly-sized guns to replicate the semi-exposed barrels of the AN/M2 guns. Accordingly, I modified the nose to remove one of the clips.



As far as features, it retails all the features from the André's model: The wing landing gear can extend and retract, and all control surfaces are moveable.






The cockpit can open and close, using a new mechanism this time around. This and some minor coloring fixes are pretty much all I changed from the original, non-uploaded version: The canopy glass was originally non-framed and used another piece, but I changed it to take advantage of one of the pieces having a canopy frame decal. (LDD didn't have that decoration when the original version of this was built.) The same piece, opaque and without the decoration, is used for the "razorback" section; this is the main instance of cutting corners--while the F6F actually does have this section sloping down, it's more gradual on the real plane and starts directly after the canopy glass.



As a result of using a hinged canopy piece for the upper fuselage, it can hinge, ironically enough--having parts that wouldn't be able to hinge on a hinge is usually acceptable, but in this case I find it a amusing.



This compared to the original model, showing how little was actually changed--that was on account of laziness and inexperience on my part.



A sly little preview of an upcoming MOC.


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