Captain David McCampbell was the leading Navy ace of WWII with 34 kills. MInsi III was the last of at least 4 Hellcats flown by McCampbell who commanded VF-15 the most successful Navy Squadron in the Pacific. His last 23 ½ kills were in Minsi III. During the Battle of Leyte Gulf, McCampbell shot down 15 aircraft, 9 in one mission, a U.S. record for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
The 1:48 model was built out of the box except for a True Details resin seat and a corrected Cutting Edge cowling.
The open cowl flaps were common when the Hellcat was on the ground or deck. It was painted with a spray can, Tamiya AS-8 U.S. Navy Blue and given a final coat of Tamiya TS-13 Gloss Clear.
Decals are from the SuperScale 48-716 sheet. The antenna wire is nylon thread.
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