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About Crane

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  • Birthday June 9

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    Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
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    WWII aircraft, 1/48

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  1. new reference material, highly recommended model show this weekend, but intend to get back to the Hellcat soon!
  2. Not exactly the color I wanted, but I lost a lot of the pre-shading and don't want to add another coat. I got the color a bit darker with more of a blue tint and less red tint. This will have to do for now.
  3. I'm letting the clear gloss coat dry on my Hellcat, so I had some time to get back into this build. After spending lots of time mixing my own grey color, I made the mistake of airbrushing it onto a spare part that was painted blue. It looked great there! But on the Spitfire, it turned out looking different with the white base color. Big lesson learned. Now I have to figure out how to rescue this grey coat - I'm not too happy with it.
  4. Decaled and clear coated. I still need lots of practice clear coating. Someone could make millions making a clear gloss paint that is easy to use. I created the thin white line decal from scraps of extra decals.
  5. One more clear coat to go, but essentially, it is finished!
  6. I worked 19 days in a row. Fortunately, I have the week off and thus some progress. and new reference material...
  7. Hi, I am trying to find out more about the rare? Hellcats I have found with a yellow band around the front of the cowling, right behind the prop. Any info. would be appreciated.
  8. good day today! I was afraid another top coat would be overall too dark. Soooooo....I mixed MRP Super Clear with about 3 drops of my top coat color. It added a little shine and an overall blending.
  9. I think that the base should be distressed to match the plane. Maybe I will make another and sand some areas of the base down. I just can't do it to this one
  10. Two light coats of my own color mix. I'm fretting a little bit that it may be too dark. first top coat: second top coat:
  11. You knew this was next, I have 3 spitfires in the works!
  12. It may not look like much, but I'm on to painting the fuselage/wings. Having some fun with pre-shading. This is the first time I tried adding some paint to the horizontal fin BEFORE adding the stabilizers. I learned it is a difficult area to paint once the stabilizers are on.
  13. Got 'er done. I had to repaint the star after the shellac wiped some of the white lacquer paint off. Paints used in order - blue Minwax water based wipe on stain --> clear shellac ----> MRP Insignia White lacquer -----> Minwax Polycrylic (water based) clear They all seem to be playing nice together (so far). If any peeling/cracking occurs, I will update. (the white is a lot whiter irl, the picture is a little yellow shifted)
  14. Can't wait to see the Academy 109 build, I am on my second Academy Hellcat kit and thoroughly enjoying it. My local hobby shop only carries the Academy Hellcat and P-47. I never saw any others.
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