Beautiful job, Richard. I’ll have to take a pic of the same kit in the same markings that I built.
The kill markings have an interesting history. The A/C belonged to the XO of the squadron (VF-17) and were applied stateside prior to the squadron’s deployment overseas! This is because they recorded the pilot’s kills flying F4Fs earlier in the war. However, he had a breakdown prior to the squadron’s overseas deployment and was reassigned due to combat fatigue.
Every man has his breaking point, as they say.