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Crane

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  1. Small update that may help others. Do not apply too much pressure on the area in yellow. The 'hinges' (circled in red) will break. The build process is almost complete, so I have been practicing with the new bottle of MRP Sea Blue. And it is a good thing I am doing so. The top left tail piece has 2 light coats over white. The right side has one heavy coat over bare grey plastic. The inside of the fuselage has one heavy coat over white. The tonal variation is immense - more so than with any other paint I have used. I am considering a lighter blue paint as a first coat. That will be my next test.
  2. Nice! I really like the early 109s - they have more character. I'm too chicken to attempt a paint scheme like that. But if I ever do,, I will use your build as a guide.
  3. Hey! I just got my decals in. I ordered the wrong scale - 1/72. But they look like the same size as yours>?? Are yours 1/48?
  4. Awesome build! Very happy to see a great example, I am working on one. Ordered my AML decals a few days ago, but may take 3 weeks to get here.
  5. Loosely based on a few Hellcat pictures I printed out and taped to my wall for guidance. Yes, one of them was from Bunker Hill. Navi lights are all paint with thick coating of clear on top.
  6. Ahhh done. No complaints with a kit I purchased for under $10. It's about my skill level. I'm working on my 3rd Hellcat from Eduard, and it's going to take some time! All paints are MRP except for Tamiya clear coat. OOB 'wif' based on about 5 different Hellcat pictures I printed for guidance
  7. Hmm that sounds reasonable. Thank you.
  8. Hi Folks, Eduard supplies both an 'open' and 'closed' canopy in the Hellcat kit. I am thinking about using the 'open' canopy because I have extra masks for it. However, I notice a few differences between the two, and I don't think it is a mistake. Why the differences? For example, why would the 'open' canopy clear glass have more squared off corners and a larger clear glass roof? Were they trying to reproduce an effect when the canopy is open?
  9. I've been working too much, but I have this week off. This is probably the last update before going into the completed section. A setback cost me some time when I discovered tons of 'dust'?? inside the canopy after pulling off the mask. I had to open it up and clean everything out. At that point, I realized the F3 canopy fit much better, so I went with it.
  10. Looks like a part is missing between the prop and the cowling?
  11. once again, not the color I wanted but I might test a new technique if I can summon the courage....
  12. Smashing! No really, excellent build!
  13. Good work! I have a Spitfire with orange peel also, and it was airbrushed. I think I over-sprayed the clear coat. I'm thinking about using the Tamiya polishing compounds on it. I will report on effectiveness, but it probably won't be for some time. As for the canopy, on my last build I cleaned the jeebus out of the canopy before closing it and when I peeled the mask off, the inside of the canopy was covered with white dust(?). My guess is static is to blame. Anyway, I don't glue the canopy down anymore until the very end, and only use elmers glue in case I have to open the canopy 'one last time'. And my best advice is - enjoy the build. I'm sure someone with more experience will chime in.
  14. I'm worked a weekend and more than a few 12 hours days, so progress has been slow. But in the mean time, I ordered some new tools to help with this build. This weekend I finally had a fair amount of time to do some work. The kit includes 2 types of instrument panels. One with circular depressions for painting, and one with a flat surface for decals. I painted both, but decided to go with the one with decals. They are a little big, so I cut them down. I wish I knew that before putting them in water! If you are going to build this kit - the seat belt decals go from the seat to the rear wall, so I glued those parts in place before adding the decal. Also, the directions for the decals are not great. Review them first. I tried to create a glass sight with the clear parts glue. To avoid filling and sanding, and because I have seen F5Ns with rocket mounts, I took some time to devise a plan to add the mounts. I cut the mounts from the rockets and installed them from inside the wing. I thought this Eduard kit would go a lot smoother than the Academy kits, but is a challenge. More details require more attention, and no kit is trouble free.
  15. Thank You ~~!!! Did you post pictures of your Hellcat?
  16. May be a silly question, but does it have a gloss finish?
  17. With my second Academy Hellcat nearing completion, I justified starting another Hellcat by reasoning that I needed to airbrush the same color on both models. So I tore into my first-ever build from Eduard. My first impressions are not good. Starting with the plastic itself, it acted differently with my blades and sanders. Something that will take getting used to. Also, I feel the need to use smaller snipers, even though I used the pair I have for both 1/72 Academy models. The picture below is a little deceiving, but there are many parts that will be damaged if I use my snipers. I am using a small pair of tiny scissors now to cut the smaller parts from the sprues. Take note at some of the extra plastic on part #14, it looks like it should be there! There were a few other parts that I needed to take a better look at just to make sure I was not cutting pieces apart. Below is a picture of the starboard fuselage. Look at the dorsal lights. While the Academy used separate clear parts, the Eduard presents more of a challenge. There will be a seam and just a little sanding will flatten them. I guess I will cut them off and use clear glue for the lights. Also, look at the very top left point of the vertical stabilizer - that tiny point which is pointing northwest. I don't believe it is flash, it wraps around the vertical antenna on the port side fuselage very nicely. I have already put the cowling together (you can see part of it above). There are no guide pins! I needed a third hand to hold things in place for gluing. So far, there have been a few inconveniences, but I am looking forward to this build. The details are really winning me over. And I hope they do, I have already invested in a few Eduard kits. I have 2 other 1/72 Eduard Hellcat kits and a 1/48 scale kit. Now that I can compare all the 1/72 kits to each other, I realized the other kits (F6F3 and F6F5) contain night fighter parts.
  18. I ran in to a small issue. The '5' decals on the landing gear covers (C10 and C11) were partially obscured by the wing when put into place. I did not have this issue on the first Hellcat build (maybe I placed the decals lower?) . It was easy enough to fix though, I built up the area where the covers are attached. I checked my Eduard kits and the gear covers are longer. I had to work last weekend, but managed a little headway. Landing gear and an overall semi-gloss coat are finished.
  19. Looks Good! I'm sure you can replace the wire? I'm really starting to appreciate the looks of the Wildcat. I have used the Tamiya Smoke recently and thought how ironic it is that the paint is gloss. My guess is that it goes on thinner??? It is easy enough though to hit it with a clear flat coat. I have a Wildcat to build also - I wish the fuselage insignia was either smaller or easier to create a mask for
  20. The dark side is 1/72 scale? I have also seen a few references to 'the true scale'. Is that the same? Either way, my second 1/72 Hellcat is in production and I just picked up a 1/72 Hellcat night fighter from the 'bay. I can't wait to tear into the Eduard box, which is due to be delivered tomorrow.
  21. I have been going to model shows for over 20 years, this is the first thing I ever entered. I have new appreciation for all the work and time people put into the shows. Just getting there took about 2 hours (1 wrong turn and no gps) I was really nervous about packing up the model. Even brought some glue just in case. I created a box with styrofoam cut down to cradle the Hellcat. And every bump my car went over, I had to tell myself it was o.k. I'm really grateful that the judges took their time - although it made for a long day! I was packing up my Hellcat when they called my name because I was starving and thought I had no chance. I would have been perfectly content just making it to another show. A very few pictures I took at Penncon 2019 are up now in my flickr collection link below. Thank you for all the kind words and motivation.
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