Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat
1/48 scale F6F-5 Hellcat is available online from Squadron.com
This is the Hasegawa F6F-5 in 1/48 scale.
As is my usual practice, the cockpit was completed first although the
kit cockpit was replaced with the superb Jaguar resin kit. The cockpit
was airbrushed the base color of Interior Green with details brush
painted followed by a wash of artistís oils to pick out the detail and
a flat coat to even everything out. An Eduard instrument panel was used.
The engine cylinders from the Hasegawa kit were used but the gear
reduction housing, prop governor and magnetos were replaced with resin
parts. The ignition harness was scratchbuilt with solder ignition leads
in the appropriate firing order. Solder was also used for the oil
returns and vacuum lines. The painted engine was given a wash and
The rest of the kit was built pretty much out of the box except for a
beautiful Obscureco cowl and the wingtip position lights which were
replaced with clear acrylic. The kit canopy was dipped in Future, but a
Squadron vac canopy replaced the sliding hood.
The model was painted with Aeromaster Acrylics with Aeromaster
national markings and stencils. The markings specific to Minsi III were
obtained from a sheet manufactured by Aerocraft.
To the best of my knowledge these are the only accurate markings for
Minsi III available in 1/48. Minsi III was beautifully maintained and
weathering was kept to a minimum with a light wash of artistís oils
and a heavily thinned gray/brown mixture for the exhaust.
This is one of the most satisfying models Iíve finished in the last
few years and I often pause in front of the display case to admire the
quiet, purposeful malevolence of the Grumman Cat. Iím looking forward
to building another in the attractive tri-color scheme.
McCAMPBELL, David Commander USN
January 16, 1910 Bessemer,
Died: June 30, 1996 Rivera
Serial # 72487
McCampbell attended Georgia School of Technology for a year, before
graduating from the US Naval Academy, and was commissioned an Ens on
June 1, 1933 in the (inactive) Naval Reserve.
On June 14, 1934 he was transferred back to the regular Navy, and
commissioned an Ens wef May 29, 1934.
He served on the cruiser Portland
from June 1934 to June 1937, serving as an observer with VCS-11 from
July 1936. He entered flight training, and was designated a Naval
Aviator on April 23, 1938. He
served with VF-4 on the Ranger for
two years. In May 1940 he
joined the Wasp Air Group, and
served as LSO until Wasp was
sunk on Sept 15, 1942. He
was promoted to Lt wef June 1,1941.
He was LSO on the Wasp during the missions to re-supply Malta with aircraft.
He was promoted to LtCdr wef Oct 1,1942.
He served at NAS Jacksonville and NAS Melbourne from November
1942 to August 1943. He commissioned VF-l5 in September 1943, and was CO until Feb
8, 1944, when he became CO of CVG-15.
He was promoted to Cdr wef Jan 1, 1944.
He lead CVG-15 throughout its combat tour on the Essex. He received a
Medal of Honor, a Navy Cross, a Legion of Merit, a Silver Star, three
Distinguished Flying Crosses, and an Air Medal.
He was Executive Officer on the Franklin
D Roosevelt from Feb 1951 to March 1952.
He was promoted to Capt wef July 1, 1952. He was CO of the Severn
(AO-61) from Jan 1958 to Feb 1959, and of the Bon
Homme Richard from Feb 1959 to May 1960.
He retired from the Navy on July 1, 1964. Assigned aircraft: F6F-3
41692 (?) Monsoon Maiden (damaged
by A/A fire over Marcus Island on May 19, 1944, jettisoned the next
day), F6F-3 ? Minsi (damaged
by A/A over Manila September 1944, jettisoned); F6F-5 ?
Minsi II (dam in air/air combat, repaired and renamed); F6F-5 70143 Minsi
III (lost December 1944 by next group CO); F6F-5 72649 (unnamed),
flown in the US.
OF HONOR INFORMATION:
and date: 300nm W of Saipan, Philippine Sea, 19 June 1944.
Citation: For conspicuous
gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty as commander, Air Group 15, during combat against enemy
Japanese aerial forces in the first and second battles of the Philippine
Sea. An inspiring leader, fighting boldly in the face of terrific
odds, Comdr. McCampbell led his fighter planes against a force of 80
Japanese carrier-based aircraft bearing down on our fleet on 19 June
1944. Striking fiercely in
valiant defense of our surface force, he personally destroyed 7 hostile
planes during this single engagement in which the outnumbering attack
force was utterly routed and virtually annihilated.
During a major fleet engagement with the enemy on 24 October,
Comdr. McCampbell, assisted by but l plane, intercepted and daringly
attacked a formation of 60 hostile land-based craft approaching our
desperately but with superb skill against such overwhelming airpower, he
shot down 9 Japanese planes and, completely disorganizing the enemy
group, forced the remainder to abandon the attack before a single
aircraft could reach the fleet. His
great personal valor and indomitable spirit of aggression under
extremely perilous combat conditions reflect the highest credit upon
Comdr. McCampbell and the U.S. Naval Service.