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GROUP BUILDS => The Cold War G.B. 2018 => Topic started by: AeroplaneDriver on April 17, 2018, 02:06:11 pm

Title: F6F-5 Hellcat-Naval Ordnance Test Station, 1952 XAAM-N-7 Sidewinder Trials
Post by: AeroplaneDriver on April 17, 2018, 02:06:11 pm
I just finished this little build I started Friday, and realized that it actually fits within the scope of this GB, so I figured what the heck, I'd post it here too.  Hope that's ok. 

Kit is the  1/48 Hasegawa F6F-5, paints were Tamiya Primer rattle can for the white, Hataka USN Orange.  The missile is a 1/48 Matra Magic with some trimming of the fins and styrene tube on the back to extend it.  Design is based on the actual XAAM-N-7 Sidewinder prototype.  The centerline tank was modified as an instrumentation tank with some steel rod antennas added, and a few other instrumentation antennas added.


Grumman F6F-5 Naval Ordnance Test Station China Lake, 1952

This Hellcat was part of the development fleet for the XAAM-N-7 Sidewinder in the early 60s.  Most Hellcats involved in the program were used as target drones, but a single Hellcat joined the Skyraiders that were used as test launch aircraft.  The aircraft is depicted prior to a test mission were it became one of the few Hellcats to shoot down another Hellcat during a successful test launch against a F6F-5K drone

This aircraft was later scheduled to be used as a target drone during a 1956 Sidewinder test firing, but a mechanical issue with the aircraft's starter led to an alternate drone being used.  This airframe luckily escaped the fate of its sisters and after decades in desert storage was restored to it's 1952 test configuration and is currently on display at the US Naval Museum of Armament and Technology at China Lake. 

(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/9580/mOvUcX.jpg)

(https://imageshack.com/a/img922/5033/9rPU12.jpg)

(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/2708/XZpzBJ.jpg)

(https://imageshack.com/a/img923/2482/9nMmCv.jpg)
Title: Re: F6F-5 Hellcat-Naval Ordnance Test Station, 1952 XAAM-N-7 Sidewinder Trials
Post by: Glenn Gilbertson on May 02, 2018, 02:15:48 pm
I really like that - a magnificent piece of modelling! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F6F-5 Hellcat-Naval Ordnance Test Station, 1952 XAAM-N-7 Sidewinder Trials
Post by: zenrat on May 03, 2018, 03:20:08 am
I just wish the facility had been named Station. Naval. Ordinance Testing.   ;D
Title: Re: F6F-5 Hellcat-Naval Ordnance Test Station, 1952 XAAM-N-7 Sidewinder Trials
Post by: NARSES2 on May 03, 2018, 05:58:12 am
I just wish the facility had been named Station. Naval. Ordinance Testing.   ;D

Now if it had been the Royal Navy - Bag,brown,puke, use of  ;)
Title: Re: F6F-5 Hellcat-Naval Ordnance Test Station, 1952 XAAM-N-7 Sidewinder Trials
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 03, 2018, 06:20:53 am
That looks lovely. Great idea and execution!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F6F-5 Hellcat-Naval Ordnance Test Station, 1952 XAAM-N-7 Sidewinder Trials
Post by: loupgarou on May 03, 2018, 09:39:39 am
Really beautiful!  :thumbsup: