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Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat, White 32

Collectibles. Ahh, at last someone in my collecting life-time produced a Navy fighter other than the Corsair. This is a richly colored model with fine lines and an accurate shape.

However, I wish they had left the rockets off the wings, and would find a better solution than paint for the windows behind the canopy. The windows were painted because the -3 version had windows and the -5 did not, which allows them to use the same mold for both versions. Really, the painted windows look kinda cheap.

Blue Brothers. Click here to view the F6F-5 update partner for this model.

Type Carrier-based fighter
Corgi item no. H3738
Number made Unlimited--discontinued


MB item no. B6951-0813
Photograph Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
North American F-86 Sabre, Col. Francis "Gabby" Gabreski

Collectibles . This version of the Sabre doesn't have much going for it. For some reason the wings and fuselage seem heavy-handed, and the paint scheme is, well, ugly. The paint JOB is excellent, but that good quality gets lost in the overall scheme. I tried to get the version with the yellow and black markings, but was too late. Compare this plane with the MiG-15. What a difference in size.

MB item no. B6947-0813
Photograph Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
SPAD XIII, Capt. Edward Vernon "Eddie" Rickenbacker - 1/48 scale

Collectibles . Very pretty model with an excellent paint job. Much more attractive than its Fokker Dr. 1 counterparts.

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