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Eduard 1/48 F6F-5 Hellcat
ColinEdm
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 11:05 AM UTC
Hi all, up until now I have been a dedicated armour guy, with a definite slant towards WWII German subjects and have been active on the Armorama forum since late 2013. Well, at our last IPMS meeting, some of the airplane guys convinced me to join their Hellcat group build, so here I am building a wing thing! They are all doing Eduard Hellcat kits, so I picked up Eduards F6F-5 1/48 scale ProfiPACK Hellcat kit and we'll seeehow it goes...

It came with the Quickboost resin engine and drop tank:

Got started on the cockpit. The kit comes with PE instrument panels, so I scraped off the molded on detail and masked off the areas the PE will be glued to with blu-tac prior to painting.

Cheers
c4willy
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 11:47 AM UTC
Great start and welcome to the darkside! This now opens up whole possibilities to build things that kill armour from the air! You know just saying.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 12:13 PM UTC
An excellent kit to start with. I think it's the world's only accurate looking Hellcat IIRC. I have one on the go, but life, stuff and things.
thegirl
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 12:50 PM UTC
Hi Colin , will follow along on your build .

What part of Alberta do you hail in ?



Terri
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 01:31 PM UTC
Hi Terri, I am in Edmonton, beautiful Zero you just finished!
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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 04:28 AM UTC
"The kit comes with PE instrument panels, so I scraped off the molded on detail and masked off the areas the PE will be glued to with blu-tac prior to painting."

I am so stealing this. Cheers, Colin, and enjoy the build!
thegirl
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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 03:39 PM UTC

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Hi Terri, I am in Edmonton, beautiful Zero you just finished!




I'm in Edmonton as well . Thank -you



Terri
ColinEdm
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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 03:46 PM UTC
Terri, you should come out to some of the IPMS meetings and show off some of your work!

Finished off the cockpit bits, some of the PE is diabolically tiny!

And everything ready to go together:

Cheers
c4willy
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Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 08:51 AM UTC
Great cockpit so far Colin! It's really coming together well and it looks like Eduards interior green is close to the colour you've painted the pit. Just how close is the match? Eduard's prepainted etch previously has had some large differences in colour.
ColinEdm
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Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 09:10 AM UTC
Thanks Chris! I used Testors Model Master interior green laquer, it is a pretty close match, but i ended up repainting the green parts of the PE anyway.
thegirl
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Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 09:55 AM UTC
Nice start in the pit Colin .




Terri
ColinEdm
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Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 03:06 PM UTC
Thanks, here it is assembled, and I have assembled it with the main fuselage halves, taped up and drying now.


Cheers
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Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 03:18 PM UTC
Colin,
That interior is excellent!

Gaz
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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2018 - 01:47 AM UTC
Thanks Gaz & Terri!
ColinEdm
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Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 03:13 PM UTC
So, I ordered a set of wing guns from Quickboost to replace the kit ones which are a tad soft in the detail department. so while I wait for those I decided to tackle the resin Quickboost engine that cam with the kit. Cleaned off the casting blocks and added pushrods from brass rod, ignition ring from 0.3mm solder, inter-ear drain tubes amd rocker drain suction line from copper wire. I have drilled out holes for the ignition lines on the ignition ring and on the individual cylinders. I will run these with copper wire after painting.

Cheers
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Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 04:05 PM UTC
Some nice detail to the engine, Colin. Must have good eyes to drill that bit of solder.

Gaz
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Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 01:31 AM UTC

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Some nice detail to the engine, Colin. Must have good eyes to drill that bit of solder.

Gaz



Bad eyes, good magnifying lamp
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Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 01:44 PM UTC
Nice detail work so far Colin



Terri
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Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 02:16 PM UTC

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Some nice detail to the engine, Colin. Must have good eyes to drill that bit of solder.

Gaz



Bad eyes, good magnifying lamp



I have custom made reading glasses 4.82X. The working distance is 20cm. They enable to thread .5mm brass tube. I still find some tasks to challenging dexterously.
ColinEdm
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Posted: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 02:57 AM UTC
Painted and worked on the engine ignition lines. For the ignition lines I used fine copper wire and bundled 2 lines per cylinder together with aluminum tape:

I then insert and glue these into the pre-drilled holes in the ignition ring and then into the ignition points on the cylinder heads:

Once all that was done I touched up the paint and added some oil washes to bring out the details and calling the engine done (still need to drill out and add a rod for the prop hub):

Going to work on some other small bits while I wait for the wing guns. The control surfaces are molded separately but fixed position so I think I may modify them to show some droop.

Cheers
GazzaS
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Posted: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 08:43 AM UTC
Engine looks nice and busy, now.

Gaz
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Posted: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 11:43 AM UTC

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Engine looks nice and busy, now.

Gaz



Second this , nice job on the detailing Colin .




Terri
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Posted: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 01:40 PM UTC
Thanks, I think the hard bits are done now!