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1/48 scale Eduard Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat
Joel_W
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Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 03:15 PM GMT+7

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Another beauty off the Willstein/Grumman production line !

I must say your paintwork looks exceptional with just the right effect of sun and salty weathering a carrier-borne aircraft would see.

If I had any constructive criticism I would say that the prop looks quite factory fresh in comparison to the rest of the model.
And that's nit-picking on the finest level !

Great work.



Paul,
Thanks for those most kind words. And you're 100% right about the prop looking way to new. I just can't seem to get one weathered right, so I tend to just do a little Aluminum dry brushing, promising myself that I'll go back and finish it, but never Do. But this time I really need to as I'm sure that the judges will hold that against the entire build.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 09:22 AM GMT+7
Another beauty off the Willstein/Grumman production line !

I must say your paintwork looks exceptional with just the right effect of sun and salty weathering a carrier-borne aircraft would see.

If I had any constructive criticism I would say that the prop looks quite factory fresh in comparison to the rest of the model.
And that's nit-picking on the finest level !

Great work.
Joel_W
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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 05:15 AM GMT+7

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Joel! You really pulled this one through keeping the standard high! A final result that more than matches your detail efforts earlier on in the build.

I especially like the look and feel of the paintwork, a beautiful worn appearance without going over the top with it. Well done!

And now, of course, what next ?



Magnus



Magnus,
Thank you my friend for those very kind words, it's much appreciated.

As for what's next on the bench. I just started the Eduard/Hasegawa 1/48 scale F-86F, but my heart's still in props and I keep on looking at the Airfix 1/48 scaler Hurricane Mk 1, so I switched gears and I'm starting the kit today.

Joel
magnusf
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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 08:05 PM GMT+7
Joel! You really pulled this one through keeping the standard high! A final result that more than matches your detail efforts earlier on in the build.

I especially like the look and feel of the paintwork, a beautiful worn appearance without going over the top with it. Well done!

And now, of course, what next ?



Magnus
Joel_W
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 03:32 AM GMT+7

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2018 is only 2 weeks old and you have already finished a build. What a speed!
That Hellcat really turned out great after all the work you've had with it in the beginning. The finish looks well done and the weathering - even for my taste - isn't overdone.

Well done, Joel!
Torsten



Torsten,
Thanks so much for those most kind and appreciative words. I'm nearly speechless at your comment that my weathering isn't overdone to your impeccable museum standards. I do think about how much weathering I can do that's acceptable to yours and my brothers spit polish Museum type finishes, as I'm more in the camp of operational yet well maintained aircraft.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 02:27 AM GMT+7
2018 is only 2 weeks old and you have already finished a build. What a speed!
That Hellcat really turned out great after all the work you've had with it in the beginning. The finish looks well done and the weathering - even for my taste - isn't overdone.

Well done, Joel!
Torsten
Joel_W
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 11:01 AM GMT+7

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Lovely build Joel, definitely one to be proud of. I've been following along quietly and it is great to see the final photo shoot.

Cheers, D



Hey Damian,
knew were around somewhere as I'm always glad to hear from you.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 10:41 AM GMT+7
Lovely build Joel, definitely one to be proud of. I've been following along quietly and it is great to see the final photo shoot.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 10:39 AM GMT+7

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Hi Joel

Lovely job! What a great finished build to start the New Year! You really should send in photos to run as a Feature because it hits a different audience and Aeroscale always needs quality material on the Frontpage.

Soooo - what have you got planned next?

All the best

Rowan



Rowan,
Must might do exactly that. Whose doing the editing since Jessica resigned?

Glad you like my Cat. I'm 1 for 1 so far this year.

Joel



Hi Joel

I don't know who Kevin's got assigned to Features, but you can always send stuff direct to me if you're in doubt.

All the best

Rowan
Joel_W
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 10:24 AM GMT+7

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Gorgeous Hellcat Joel, youve definitely done Grumman Proud!



Mike,
Thanks for that high praise. Not sure it's warranted but I'm thankful for it.

Joel
Joel_W
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 10:23 AM GMT+7

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Hi Joel

Lovely job! What a great finished build to start the New Year! You really should send in photos to run as a Feature because it hits a different audience and Aeroscale always needs quality material on the Frontpage.

Soooo - what have you got planned next?

All the best

Rowan



Rowan,
Must might do exactly that. Whose doing the editing since Jessica resigned?

Glad you like my Cat. I'm 1 for 1 so far this year.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 09:44 AM GMT+7
Hi Joel

Lovely job! What a great finished build to start the New Year! You really should send in photos to run as a Feature because it hits a different audience and Aeroscale always needs quality material on the Frontpage.

Soooo - what have you got planned next?

All the best

Rowan
mrockhill
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 09:32 AM GMT+7
Gorgeous Hellcat Joel, youve definitely done Grumman Proud!
Joel_W
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 05:36 AM GMT+7

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Excellent build Joel. You got just the right tonal variation in the paint job, and it looks very pleasing to the eye. I am sure it will be competitive in the contest.

Ernest



Ernest,
Thank you my friend for those most kind words. As I just said to Terri, it's the overall best paint camo paint USN scheme to date. Wonders never cease to amaze me.

Not so sure how it will fare at the contests, but I'm not getting back onto the contest trail again for wins, I'm doing it so that I can match up my work level and standards to the best builders in my area. it's the only way for me to force myself to leave my comfort zones and kick it up a few notches.

Joel
Joel_W
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 05:33 AM GMT+7

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Hi Joel , Ooooo the money shots Nothing wrong with that Hellcat Joel . You did a wonderful job on this build . Can definitely see heaps of improvements in the paint skills , well done sir !

Terri




Terri,
I had to take a double look to figure out that you changed your avatar.

Yep the money shots plus 1. I really enjoyed the entire build except for that pesky rudder antenna. the camo paint scheme for a change I nailed. Maybe I should retire now . Just kidding, as I'm going to be doing that from work 2/3. Well, I did promise then I'd work 2 days per week till june.

Joel
Joel_W
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 05:29 AM GMT+7

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Hi Joel - Hellcat looks great ! It may seem a small thing but I love the dark gray chalk idea for tire wear . Looking forward to seeing it at Noreastcon - didn't realize Mosquitocon was in April as well - I've been sort of asleep at the wheel. I am definitely going to Noreastcon but hope to make both . What are you building next ?
Richard



Richard
Wow, a good looking non-Japanese Aircraft As usual, it was great having you along for the ride. I'm glade that you like the way it came out. And yes, the light gray tire tread really kicks it up a notch for carrier born aircraft.

You better be coming to both events especially since I couldn't make them last year due to eye surgeries. The Mosquitocon , which is on your side of the GW bridge is 4/7, and the Noreastcon which is on my side is 4/27-28. Everything will be on the 27th so I'm only planning on a one day deal.

Been trying to get in touch with Brian, but so far no luck

As for my next build, I've got it down to either the Eduard Limited Edition 1/48 scale F-86F (Hasegawa mold), or the Eduard Spitfire Mk VIII. Going to start one of them this afternoon.

Joel
Joel_W
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 05:22 AM GMT+7

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Nice work Joel, thumbs up! You made a superb Hellcat that’s a fact.
Still have the Hasegawa model on the pending pile, perhaps late this year I’ll give it a try...first comes the Jug for a upcoming campaign.

Cheers
Pedro



Pedro
Thanks so much for the thumbs up, it's much appreciated. Now get to work on your Jug, as I love all things Grumman and Republic.

Joel
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 08:50 PM GMT+7
Excellent build Joel. You got just the right tonal variation in the paint job, and it looks very pleasing to the eye. I am sure it will be competitive in the contest.

Ernest
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 11:46 AM GMT+7
Hi Joel , Ooooo the money shots Nothing wrong with that Hellcat Joel . You did a wonderful job on this build . Can definitely see heaps of improvements in the paint skills , well done sir !



Terri
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 11:05 AM GMT+7
Hi Joel - Hellcat looks great ! It may seem a small thing but I love the dark gray chalk idea for tire wear . Looking forward to seeing it at Noreastcon - didn't realize Mosquitocon was in April as well - I've been sort of asleep at the wheel. I am definitely going to Noreastcon but hope to make both . What are you building next ?
Richard
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 11:01 AM GMT+7
Nice work Joel, thumbs up! You made a superb Hellcat that’s a fact.
Still have the Hasegawa model on the pending pile, perhaps late this year I’ll give it a try...first comes the Jug for a upcoming campaign.

Cheers
Pedro
Joel_W
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 10:40 AM GMT+7
Finally, after 3 1/2 months my F6F-3 has crossed the finish line and is in the books. By no means is it a perfect build, but I did the best I could, and I'm more then satisfied with the final results.

Since the last set of pictures, I needed to correct the tire tread wear as there just wasn't any. I used a dark gray chalk to simulate that wear, but no dirt nor grime was added, as those elements just didn't exist on a carrier. I added some exhaust smoke from only the top exhausts but none for the bottom two, so I had to add it after the photo session, so I took a few more pictures to show those additions.

One big issue I had was the rudder mast as it just kept on breaking off. If I looked at it to long it snapped right off. I tried Tamiya Extra thin, Model Masters Liquid cement, CCA thin and CCA Gel, & 5 min epoxy, but nothing worked. I did manage to get the antenna on, but the next day the mask had popped off once again. So I had to suck it up, and drill a pilot hole with a #80 drill into a not so wide base. Then I enlarged the opening with the next larger size drill bit. I cut a piece of brass wire and CCA glued it in the hole. Gave it a good 15 min to dry then glued it to the fuselage. 15 min later it was rock solid. I remade the antenna from stretch sprue.

At this point I stepped back, took a look, and decided that we've crossed the finish line. Now it's ready for entry into the IPMS Noreastcon and IPMS region 2 Mosquitocon, both this coming April.

Thanks to all that have stayed the course, it's much appreciated.

Joel






































Joel_W
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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 04:12 AM GMT+7

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Really looking forward on the final pic's Joel .


Terri



Terri,
Me too. But the Still to do list never seems to get any shorter.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2018 - 12:38 PM GMT+7
Really looking forward on the final pic's Joel .




Terri
Joel_W
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Posted: Saturday, January 06, 2018 - 06:38 AM GMT+7
A big thank you to Ernest, Magnus, Thomas, Paul, Christos, & Russ for your most positive comments. All of them mean a great deal to me.

And Magnus, Lists are about the only way I can actually keep track of what still needs to be done or redone. And I still find things that I've left off the list.

Joel