This is the fourth and (probably final) aircraft design for Ed Diment's project Intrepid. In early 1945 USS Intrepid already operated F4U Corsairs, but also still a handful of older Grumman F6F Hellcats.
The F6F Hellcat was a larger and improved development of the <a href="http://www.flickr.co...ildcat">Grumman Wildcat</a>, the US Navy's main fighter at the start of WW-2. The F6F was faster, more manoeuvrable and had a longer range. No other aircraft in US service shot down more Japanese aircraft than the Hellcat.
This model was more-or-less complete yesterday a few days ago. I pride myself on thinking out the difficult bits before I start building, but this model had problems: when folded the wings sat too far from the fuselage, the landing gear struts were too long, there were awkward gaps where the wings met the fuselage, the wings were swept back a bit too far and worst of all, the undercarriage had a tendency to collapse. I am enough of a perfectionist for this to bug me, so I rebuilt the complete centre section of the wing. It took me about four hours, but I solved all the issues in one go and am finally happy with it.
It is not immediately obvious from most of the other photographs, but both wings on my model are swept back slightly to ensure that both the leading and trailing edges sit at the proper angle.
So, I've got four designs. The next step will be to build more models of each design. Ed and I already have six Avengers. We will probably build a similar number of Hellcats, about 9 Helldivers and an even larger number of Corsairs. I am about to start a new job and will be away from my LEGO collection for a while. What I will be doing, however, is making instructions for the Corsair.
Edited by Rufus, 16 June 2011 - 01:45 PM.