Seems that there are a lot of these being built recently. I purchased this kit via ebay before the Eduard option and while the Hasegawa kit was hard to find. Unfortunately the seller was a schmuck and sold me a kit that was already started (poorly) and the decals were trashed. I only paid $12 for it including shipping so I just dealt with it.
Fast forward, and I picked up some aftermarket decals cheap so I went to work. The list below looks long, but really nothing too difficult.
The fuselage was already assembled and the interior was painted yellow zinc chromate, the engine was just painted black and drybrushed silver, the landing gear was painted silver and the prop was poorly done. When I split the fuselage in half, it went 90% ok, but I damaged a few spots around the cowl, center bottom by the drop tank slot and the rudder.
putty . . . sand . . . repeat
I was polishing out the canopy and it splintered real easy - brittle plastic. I saved the quarter windows and heat smashed a new canopy.
Corrections/additions (done and *YET to be done):
- heat-smashed canopy
- wing tip lights
- aileron panel line
- aileron trim tab
- tail light
- underwing landing light
- exhaust pipes
- gun sight glass
- screen in center chin intake
- spine navigation lights*
- IFF lights*
- LSO light and other leading edge holes*
- metal machine gun tubes*
I also thought about correcting the tailwheel, but I found a picture of the aircraft I'm building which seems to show the correct tailwheel is in the kit.
Kit will be built as the F6F-3 of Lt. William C Moseley
These wheels look great for kit wheels: