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  1. Thank you very much for your feedback! I agree with you 100%, I tried to go for a "used" look but I have overdone it in an unrealistic way. I have not found many references for chipped F6F, probably it was just something that was not allowed to happen! Thank you very much! This is my first real try at weathering, but I find it so hard to "ruin" a nice and shiny bird as if I had to scratch a real one
  2. Hello everyone! A final update about the build. After my dissatisfaction with the paint chipping effect, I have tried to recover the paintjob and start again. I'm not going to lie, I was quite frustrated by the idea that I had ruined the original paint, which I liked quite a lot and was definitely my best up to now. While trying to repaint the model and cover those "chipped" areas, I had quite a lot of trouble. Particularly, such a bright yellow paint was very hard to cover by the blue, and many many coats where required. By the end, I found myself with very visibile "blobs"
  3. I have decided I am not satisfied with the result, particularly at the wing root, so I have started to strip the paint in some regions. Later today I will strip it more with some thinner and repaint it, and try it again, this time I will try to be less "happy" when chipping. Do you have any suggestions on how to handle the situation? Cheers, Davide
  4. This build is insipiring to say the least! Excellent work I will follow very closely!
  5. Hello everyone, some more updates. After inspecting the chipping and referencing to others work, I was not satisfied with the result. In particular, I noticed that both real plane photos and other model planes showed that chipping would most often reveal the underneath yellow primer rather than the bare metal. So using a small brush, I tried to add some primer to the chips. The effect I wanted to give was that in some places only the top blue coat had chipped away, while in some other places it went down to the bare metal. I insisted on the leading edge at the wings root because I'
  6. Love the modifications to the seats and the engine, very good start indeed imho
  7. Very nice fit! I recently had to do a similar operation and I feel your frustration Final result seems worth it however.
  8. Hello everyone! Some more updates. I have had my very first swing at paint chipping. I know that I have probably exceeded in the amount of paint damage, I don't think that the US Navy would have let a plane to be so worn, but I have decided to use this kit as a test bed for new techniques (this was the purpose of the build from the very beginning). Indeed you will notice that the tail is missing. That is because I started chipping from theret, and definitely went overboard. I have discarded it, I will strip it and do it again, so I have hidden it because I am ashamed of the result
  9. Hello everyone! I wish you all a happy new year! A big update this time. Time to pump up the compressor and spray some paint! After sanding down the putty I previously applied on all the joints and some masking, I sprayed the model with Tamiya Fine Surface light gray primer. After some additional putty and sanding, I was finally ready to paint some base color. I started by painting the entire model with a base of Tamiya flat aluminum XF-16. On top of that, I applied a good isolation layer of Mr. Super Clear Gloss to protect the base paint, followed by hairspray, wh
  10. Hello everyone! I hope you had good holidays, even in the middle of...everything going on in the world right now We are in lockdown here in Italy, so Xmas away from my family. Worked on the model to fill the free time! I have completed the construction of the modified engine cowling by building the right and top sides. In the pictures you can see it after applying the base flat aluminium color which will be used for the paint chipping method. Bending, building and glueing the frame was not an easy task. I have read that keeping the engine aligned is not simple in the
  11. Beautiful! Clean, precise and extremely good looking, I love it!
  12. Since I was not very happy with the way the exhaust manifolds looked like, I've decided to partially cover them with the engine cowlings. I've seen many pictures of aircraft under maintenance which had the engine panels removed but the cowlings were still on. The cowlings are made from .2mm metal sheet and glued in a partially open position using CA and epoxy glue. In the pictures you can also see the framing being built. I have bent it with the method described above. Naturally, the right side must still be completed. I am assemblying everything "in place", with the fuselage "dry fitted
  13. Some additional work for today. I have opened the hole for the front left fuselage panel, which, as I understand, gives access to the engine rear pack (generator and such). Also, some putty to fix some scratches. I have cut the front cowlings to remove the panels, and I have started to rebuild the underlying frame. Since the plastic thickness is clearly not to scale here, I could not just glue the frame from the inside. To partialy solve that, I have formed the plastic frame and attached it to the "side" of the cut plastic. To form the frame, I have 3d printed a small jig, which kep
  14. Hello everyone! I am a newbie, but I've finally found the "courage" to post my work for you to see I would like to share with you my building process of the HobbyBoss 1/48 F6F-5 Hellcat. A small introduction: I have been told on this forum that this kit has some rather serious scale issues. At first, I decided to put it aside, and got the Eduard 1/48 F6F-3 Profipack kit. However, when I started building the Eduard's kit, I realized that such a plane would require some good weathering techniques, e.g. the smoke stains on the fuselage and wings. This will be my first propeller
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