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  1. OK here goes. I will be doing the Eduard 1/72 Hellcat in Armée de l'Air colours from the Indochina War. I haven't even cracked open the Eduard box yet, such restraint is almost unheard of, but I'm going to wait till the start day and then bust it open. The kit is pretty complete, I may be adding some ordnance from the spares box, depending what the bombs are like. Decals from Berna, pity they don't do a French navy option as I like the anchors on the cockade but there isn't much difference in terms of colour schemes, we have it gloss sea blue or gloss sea blue! I'll be weathering it a fair bit too. And I have disc with the Ailes de Gloire about the Hellcat, I'd rather have it as a book but it only seems available as a disc. The disc is awfully formatted and incredibly annoying, they have somehow made the book nearly 500MB in size and it's painfully slow to load. Other than that it has some lovely pictures! Cheers Segan
  2. Hi folk,s,got a Hellcat in the meager stash and want to do an FAA scheme and was wondering how much action did the Hellcat see over Europe and as it outclassed it,s Japanese opposition how did it fare against German aircraft?
  3. Sorry to unearth this old chestnut. Over in the "FAA Pacific Theatre Corsair Paint Question" thread ClaudioN linked to a very interesting Canadian biography of Don Sheppard, a Corsair pilot: http://www.vintagewi...Bitter-End.aspx Buried in the text is a mention of 1844 Sq (Hellcats) using rocket projectiles for the first time on 31 March 1945. I don't think this was new to me: I believe I have seen references to BPF RP expenditures in posts by Iang. It seems to me there are 2 options: either these were Hellcats fitted with British 60lb RPs complete with rails and massive blast plates (I have seen photos of these both in rear areas (eg S Africa, Australia) and with the East Indies Fleet, but never with the BPF) or these are late model Hellcats fitted with stubs for HVARs (introduced from BuNo 42185 so from somewhere about JV190-221 in the UK serial allocation). The former seems more likely to me. Quite apart from the received wisdom eg from David Hobbs that the BPF only used UK munitions, the pilots complain (as reported in the Sheppard article) about the reduced speed and rate of climb, which didn't improve even after the weapons had been expended: I don't imagine that HVAR stubs would have had that much effect on the aircraft's performance. On the other hand the UK RP installation was too bulky to overlook so I'm surprised it hasn't turned up in photographic evidence before now. So: has anyone any photographic evidence of rocket-firing Hellcats in the BPF?
  4. Hey guys, after ages i have finaly some time for modeling At this moment i just needed to build something quick, so i chosed the Eduard´s 1/72 F6F Hellcat. It is great kit, goes together like a charm! Building this OOB. Well.. mostly.. so far i made new position lights and landing light on wings, cut off the exhausts and ll replace these (and gun barrels) by needle tubes later. I did not take shots during the building phase, so here is where i m now Here are the painting steps: 1. aluminium overall 2. chipping fluid 3. zinc chromate yellow 4. scratch down the yellow paint on most used areas 5. chipping fluid 6. some sort of preshading done by sponge and dilluted acrylic paint 7. airbrushed patches of dark shade of base paint 8. airbrushed patches of light shade of base paint 9. mascol applied by sponge 10. airbrushed patches of very light shade of base paint 11. applied salt in random pattern 12. airbrushed coat of medium shade of base paint 13. removed salt and mascol 14. airbushed very light (much much thinned) coat of the base paint 15. using water to dissolve the chipping fluid (applied at step 5) make some scratches around Right now the Hellcat got coat of gloss varnish and is geting ready for decals I had one big trouble though with white paint - some failure batch probably, it does not want to mix properly, it does not adhere well and keeps peeling off... had to remove the bottom side paint twice already up to bare plastic, still it is not perfect but i m not going to remove it for third time..
  5. Here's my latest completed build Its the Hobbyboss Hellcat F6F-5 built as a Fleet Air Arm Gannet Mk.II of 804 NAS aboard HMS Ameer in December 1944 The kit is straight OOB with decals from Xtradecal Enjoy ScottC
  6. Hey guys, i would like to show you my last finished kit - this time it was just OOB quick build of the Eduard´s overtrees version of F6F Hellcat. The decals are from spare box. I did not make propper WIP here on BM as it was quite fast build, but for those interested in few shots of the painting progress, here it is http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234984891-f6f-3-hellcat-just-the-paintingweathering-stage/ As i said, the hellcat was built mostly OOB, i only made new exhausts and gun barrels from needles and new position lights from clear plastic. And here are few shots of the result - not exactly the best what i could do, but it is only my third finished kit this year, so i m happy for it All the shots are a bit too blue (the camera keeps autoadjusting the colours on macro mode.. ), but this one is the closest to the reality if we talk about colours Thanks for watching
  7. Turned Hellcat Machine Gun Barrels 1:48/1:32 Master As if it wasn’t enough producing new sets for barrels in 1:350 and pitot probes in 1:48 Master Models have also released a raft of barrel sets for the Grumman Hellcats in both 1:48 and 1:32 scales. The sets are marked F6F Early, so I presume a -3, F6F Late, presumably a -5 and F6F Night Fighter. It’s quite interesting seeing the different styles of barrels used for each of these marks. As is the norm, the kit barrels will need to be cut off and a small hole drilled into the wing to accept the new brass barrels. All have a drilled out muzzle, which is quite amazing, particularly in the 1:48 sets. [AM-48-107] 1:48 F6F Early [AM-48-108] 1:48 F6F Late [AM-48-109] 1:48 F6F Night Fighter [AM-32-078] 1:32 F6F Early [AM-32-079] 1:32 F6F Late [AM-32-080] 1:32 F6F Night Fighter Conclusion With so many sets being delivered in such a short time it does get rather difficult to say something different for each review. But if you have a Hellcat in either of the scales provided for here then they really are a must have. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Piotr at
  8. next PE kit from Jasmine Model source: https://www.facebook.com/jasminemodel.tw/ https://www.facebook.com/bingo1117
  9. Hello all Below are some pics from my recent build of Eduard's F6F-5 Hellcat (early). In line with the review of this kit posted here, I found that the kit went together beautifully, don't think it required any filler at all. The profipack extras allowed some nice additional detail, although I only used the resin wheels and the pre-painted photo etch cockpit parts, due to my ongoing love-hate relationship with photo etch. The kit was airbrushed with Mr Hobby acrylics, which I think are fantastic. This was my first attempt at diffusion seeing as the scheme was largely one colour, but I think a mix of the nozzle width of my Revell Standard airbrush and that I didn't lighten the paint enough meant that the intended effect doesn't show through sufficiently. I used a mish mash of decals from the 4 options provided in the kit, so it isn't an attempt to depict an any particular individual aircraft. Weathering was done with some oils, dark panel wash (with hindsight I think a light wash might have worked better with the dark blue scheme) and Tamiya weathering sticks. Apologies for the limited quality of the pics, the light wasn't great and my simple point and click camera is several years behind the times now. Thanks for looking Adam
  10. Hellcat F6F-5 Late Eduard 1:48 ProfiPACK Edition The Grumman Hellcat is famed not for it's beauty, but for it's performance. Admittedly, the opposition over the Pacific grew weaker as more inexperienced Japanese pilots were pressed in to service, but a claimed kill ratio of 19:1 is a pretty impressive score. It was pushed into service as a stop gap between the Wildcat and the F4U which was under development at the time, but it's rugged and well armoured airframe mated to a powerful engine was a winning combination. The aircraft was regarded as being quite easy to fly, however of the 2400 Hellcats lost during WWII, only 270 were lost in aerial combat compared 1300 lost during training or ferry flights. For those 270 combat losses Hellcats would account for 5156 enemy planes destroyed. This amounted to over half of all USN/USMC claimed kills. The kit This is another variant release of the reputable Eduard Hellcat. It's regarded as the most detailed and accurate 1:48 Hellcat on the market with plenty of finely moulded detail parts and beautifully restrained recessed panel lines and riveting. A big bonus over the Hasegawa kit is that the canopy can be positioned in the open position from the box and the cowling shape is more accurate. We reviewed the original release HERE back in 2012 with the Hellcat Mk.II that served with the Fleet air Arm, so I'm not going to spend too much time talking through the build, I'll let the pictures do the talking and focus more on the differences provided in this boxing. Firstly, the sprues contained in the pack. These contain two types of engine cowling. The instructions indicate which cowling is used for "LATE", so it's important to choose the correct one. As well as a wealth of plastic the modeller is treated to two photo-etched frets, resin wheels, and a set of canopy/wheel masks. Both the F6F-3 & F6F-5 canopies are on the clear sprue. The parts are beautifully clear and thin so distortion is minimal. There are two canopies included, one is for the open position, the other for the closed location, so take care to use the correct parts depending how you want to model your aircraft. Taking a closer look at the detail on the plastic sprues, you can see the quality of the moulding. Separate control surfaces are provided however, these are located by tabs in a neutral position. If you want to fit them in an off centre position, the tabs will need removing and possibly the mating edges rounding off for correct location. An addition to this boxing over the others is the inclusion of a new sprue containing 5-inch Forward Firing Aircraft Rocket (FFAR), and High Velocity Aircraft (HVAR) Rockets. One of the criticisms of the Weekend Edition boxing is the lack of later wider style wheels on the plastic sprues. This issue is addressed in the profipack edition with the inclusion of the beautiful Brassin resin wheels which have separate hubs. Paint masks are also included on the masking sheet. Two frets of etch are included. One fret is the pre-painted type predominantly for the cockpit interior including panels and seatbelts whilst the other provides bomb fins, plug leads for the engine front and a few other details. Decals A superb set of decals is included with this boxing for late war markings applied to the aircraft. Symbols were used during this time period to help identify the parent carrier. However it was found they were hard to remember and to describe of the radio. These were known as "G" Symbols and were sprayed on using templates, sometimes not very carefully! All of these schemes by this point are all over dark blue. Register of the colours looks excellent and the inks vivid and sharp. Density maybe an issue with the white markings over the blue, but you would hope not. There are enough stencils included without them becoming excessive. Schemes included are: VF-12 or VBF-12, USS Randolph, May, 1945 LCDR T. Hugh Winters, Jr., VF-19, USS Lexington, late October, 1944 VF-29, USS Cabot, January March, 1945 White 115, Death and Destruction, BuNo 72534, ENS Donald McPherson, Bill Kingston, Jr., and Lyttleton Ward, VF-83, USS Essex, May 5th, 1945 Conclusion This is an excellent kit of the late war version of the Hellcat with late war markings. The kit should appeal to experienced builders looking for a good kit, but should not be too daunting for those less experienced wanting a step up to include some resin and PE parts. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Grumman Hellcat F6F-3 Eduard Profipack 1:48 The Grumman Hellcat is famed not for it's beauty, but for it's performance. Admittedly, the opposition over the Pacific grew weaker as more inexperienced Japanese pilots were pressed in to service, but a claimed kill ratio of 19:1 is a pretty impressive score. Even taking in to account inaccuracy of this figure, it is still undeniably good with 75% of aerial victories achieved by the US Navy in the Pacific. It was pushed into service as a stop gap between the Wildcat and the F4U which was under development at the time, but it's rugged and well armoured airframe mated to a powerful engine was a winning combination. The aircraft was regarded as being quite easy to fly, however of the 2400 Hellcats lost during WWII, only 270 were lost in aerial combat compared 1300 lost during training or ferry flights. The kit This is another variant release of the reputable Eduard Hellcat. It's regarded as the most detailed and accurate 1:48 Hellcat on the market with plenty of finely moulded detail parts and beautifully restrained recessed panel lines and riveting. A big bonus over the Hasegawa kit is that the canopy can be positioned in the open position from the box and the cowling shape is more accurate. We reviewed the original release HERE back in 2012 with the Hellcat Mk.II that served with the Fleet air Arm, so I'm not going to spend too much time talking through the build, I'll let the pictures do the talking and focus more on the differences provided in this boxing. Firstly, the sprues contained in the pack. These contain three types of engine cowling. The instructions indicate which cowling is used on which of the 5 decal variants included, so it's important to decide which route you want to take before assembling these. The F6F-3 had a different windscreen than the previously released F6F-5, however both types are contained on the clear sprue. The parts are beautifully clear and thin so distortion is minimal. There are two canopies included, one is for the open position, the other for the closed location, so take care to use the correct part depending how you want to model your aircraft. A sheet of paint masks is provided for the clear parts too. Taking a closer look at the detail on the plastic sprues, you can see the quality of the moulding. Separate control surfaces are provided however, these are located by tabs in a neutral position. If you want to fit them in an off centre position, the tabs will need removing and possibly the mating edges rounding off for correct location. One of the criticisms of the Weekend Edition boxing is the lack of later wider style wheels on the plastic sprues. This issue is addressed in the profipack edition with the inclusion of the beautiful Brassin resin wheels which have separate hubs. Paint masks are also included on the masking sheet. Two frets of etch are included. One fret is the pre-painted type predominantly for the cockpit interior including panels and seatbelts whilst the other provides bomb fins, plug leads for the engine front and a few other details. The decals The Profipack boxes usually provide several schemes and this one won't let you down. 5 schemes are included covering 3 years of service, all with the 3 colour camouflage scheme. Register of the colours looks excellent and the inks vivid and sharp. There are enough stencils included without them becoming excessive. Schemes included are: BuNo 66016 (probably), VF-16, USS Lexington, Hawaii, Sept 1943 BuNo 25813, Lt. C.K. 'Ken' HilderBrandt, VF-33, Ondonga, Dec 1943 - early variant, achieved all his 5 kills in this aircraft BuNo 40090, VF-1, Lt. William C Moseley, USS Yorktown, June 1944 - shot down, MIA July 4th 1944 in this aircraft BuNo 40467, Lt. Alexander Vraciu, VF-6, USS Intrepid, Feb 1944 - achieved 3 betty kills in one mission Jan 44, finished was with 19 victories Lt. Richard E Stambrook, VF-27, USS Princeton, Oct 1944 - shark teeth scheme (BuNo unknown but greater than 40235), he achieved 11 kills Conclusion I've nothing of criticism to report on this kit. The quality is superb, cost for these kits is competitive and the 'extras' included really make it a desirable option. If one wanted to be challenging, perhaps the control surfaces could be designed to allow off centre positioning. Construction is pretty standard, so even though there are some small and intricate parts, it isn't for the exclusive construction of experienced builders. Review sample courtesy of
  12. For some time now I've been thinking of doing this rather mad project - combining my love for flight simulators with kit building. My first sim was Hellcats over the Pacific, which I played on my dad's Apple Mac LCIII. It was released in the early 90s and at the time it was one of the most advanced and realistic sims available. Today, it definitely looks like a 90s game, but it still plays brilliantly. The game modelled just a single plane which was, unsurprisingly, the F6F Hellcat. It had a limited set of missions all set in 1943 in the Solomons. A year later, an expansion set was released called Missions at Leyte Gulf, which added more missions, weapons and enemies and was set during the Phillipines campaign. So what's the big idea here? I simply want to build every plane in the game, in 1/72. I have built quite a few of them already, but the twist is that this time I want to build the planes with paint jobs appropriate to the Guadalcanal or Leyte settings of the game. I though it would be quite easy to find the right decal sets and versions, but this turns out to be slightly more difficult than I thought in some cases! I've managed to put the following list together with planes I want to build, the kit I'm going to build and the decal set I can use. Where it's marked up in red is where I'd love some help - choosing a kit or a decal set, or finding out which version of the plane was used in these campaigns. This will be a project that will last some years - in return for your help I promise to keep the topic going for as long as it takes and to post my progress! Hellcats over the Pacific - Plane list Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat Kit: Eduard Version: I believe only the F6F-3 was used in the Solomons campaign. In the game, the plane is armed with 500lb bombs, I’m not sure if this was actually the case. Decals: I have a couple of boxings of Eduard’s Hellcat, including the F6F-3. It has decals for a plane based on Ondonga which I believe is in the Solomons, as well as some carrier-based aircraft which have in all likelihood seen service in the campaign as well in 1943 (VF-16, VF-33). I know there are a couple of Superscale sheets that do -3s and also -3s and -5s, which might be a good deal too. Vought F4U-1 Corsair Version: In the game, the Corsair takes off from a carrier (it’s the Intrepid I believe, which may or may not be historically accurate), which limits the choice to pretty much only VF-17 I think? No idea what stores these plane carried, if any. Kit: Tamiya’s F4U-1A Decals: This set looks perfectly appropriate. http://modelingmadness.com/scott/decals/super/ss72740.htm Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Version: My limited research shows some B-17Es were active in the Solomons campaign. The plane has an olive drab over grey paint scheme. Kit: I have Revell’s B-17G, which probably isn’t suitable. I believe Academy did an –E years ago. Decals: I haven’t been able to find a decal set appropriate for the Solomons. Mitsubishi A6M Zero Version: The game’s Zeroes are always in the traditional 'ame-iro' schemes with black cowlings. Timing-wise, I suppose it could have been either an A6M2 or an A6M3. Kit: Tamiya A6M3 Decals: Tamiya’s kit includes decals for an ame-iro plane that took part in the Solomons campaign. I also have a DP Casper set that has some decals for 2s and 2s but these are not ame-iro. Mitsubishi G4M Betty Version: I think the G4M1 was the prevailing version used in 1943. Kit: Hasegawa old mould Betty is a G4M1. Ironically, I have the newer mould G4M2 which wasn’t used in the Solomons – or am I wrong? In any case, I need the G4M2 for the Leyte campaign. Decals: The DP Casper set includes decals for a G4M1. Missions at Leyte Gulf - Plane list Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat Version: For the Leyte Gulf missions I want to build an F6F-5. In the game, it can be armed with rockets and either 500lb bombs or torpedoes! I think the latter is not very historically correct, so I will build this one with both rockets and bombs. Kit: Eduard Decals: See above, there are plenty of options available and I think Eduard do a weekend edition as well with Phillipines decals. Lockheed P-38 Lightning Version: This is a difficult one. I know there were P-38Ls active in the Phillipines, but since I only have a P-38J kit available, I’d prefer to use that. The game’s Lightning is in Olive drab over grey. Kit: Academy if I can use the P-38J variant, otherwise it will have to be an L, any suggestions for this? Decals: I’ve found P-38L decals that can be used, but I would love to know if there are P-38J in Olive drab decals available somewhere. I know Academy do a Pacific boxing of this kit but not if that is applicable to Leyte. Nakajima Ki-84 Frank Version: I have both the early Ki-84 boxing from Sword as well as the older kit but later model Hasegawa variants. Kit: Sword or Hasegawa Decals: I believe both kits have suitable decals. Mitsubishi A6M Zero Version: The game still uses ame-iro camouflaged Zeroes in the Leyte Gulf campaign, which I’m sure is not historically accurate, but I’d love to stand corrected. By this time I think most Zeroes would have been A6M5s? Kit: Tamiya / Hasegawa A6M5 Decals: I haven’t checked the kit options, but is anybody aware of a Leyte Gulf Zero decal set? Mitsubishi G4M Betty Version: For Leyte Gulf I will be building the G4M2. Kit: Hasegawa Decals: I don’t have any decals for Phillipines Betties and I’m not aware of any third party set, would love to hear suggestions. That's the list! Quite a lot of building ahead of me, especially at my speed of completing kids. I may add some vehicles to the mix as well but I haven't quite made my mind up there.
  13. Afternoon all, Just wrapped up my build of The Fighter Collection's Hellcat. Have to say, a combination of the thin decals and questionable exhaust staining have resulted in this being a 'view from a few feet' kind of model, but from said distance, it doesn't look too bad I suppose, and it's pleasing to have a model of one of my favourite warbirds in the cabinet. Please ignore the odd dust post visible in the pictures, I only noticed after uploading and really can't be bothered to re edit and upload... Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Cheers, Shaun
  14. Evening all, Whilst I've been waiting for various bits for my Battle of Brtain project to arrive, I've made a start on another model I;ve wanted to build for a while. One of the highlights of my year was seeing The Fighter Collections Hellcat return to the air for the first time in seven years or so. As someone who travels to many shows, I like to build where possible particular aircraft that I've seen and photographed, and this is one them. It really is a stunning machine DX_2014_100 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr DX_2014_036 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr This particular aircraft is a marking option in Eduard's F6F-3 kit, but I'm actually using their F6F-5 kit, which I happened to have in the stash, as it has all the necessary parts to backdate it. I've acquired a set of aftermarket decals for the markings, although there is a problem, as the code number (19) on the undercarriage doors are in white, not black- the paint guide would have you paint the undersides in FS36440 for some reason... I've had a look around t'interweb for some generic code decals, with no luck, so will have to think about a way around that.... Having built a Fleet Air Arm example a couple of years ago, I'm pretty familiar with this superb kit. I've finished off the interior with as much of the Photo Etch that I could manage- throttle levers and such like are just too small in this scale!- and am letting the matt varnish cure before sealing up the fuselage tomorrow. Apologies for the funny white balance in the photo, my camera doesn't seem to like the green, which isn't quite so yellow in the flesh. I'd fix it, but the pub is calling! In the interests of completeness, here's one I made earlier... Time for a pint or two! Cheers, Shaun
  15. Hi all, New to this site, I thought I'd post some pics from a recent build. As you can see, taking pics is not one of my better skills, but here you go.
  16. Pics thanks to Mark Mills.
  17. Here is my completed 1/48 FAA Hellcat done as Hellcat Mk 1, FN373/J of 1839 NAS, Eglington, Dec 1943 . I used a combination of Pollyscale and HUmbrol paints for the camouflage with a black wash on the panel lines with some Hu98 Chocolate for the exhaust weathering. The build log is at the link below: http://www.aussiemodeller.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=8818
  18. I have been building this one since the start of 2014 and have finally gotten close to finishing it. The kit is the Eduard 1/48 F6F-3 'weekend edition' and has minimal markings and PE (thankfully), it is OOB except for using Xtradecal markings and adding the drop tank straps that were not done by Eduard. I have used a combination of Humbrol and Pollyscale acrylics for the cam and Humbrol Hu98 chocolate for the exhaust staining after a black wash was put on. I have to put all the small bits on then give it a coat of Humbrol Matt Varnish to finish it off.
  19. Grumman Hellcat MkII 1:48 The Royal Navy received 252 F6F-3s as Hellcat I under Lend-Lease. Production continued until November 1945 by which time 7870 F6F-5s had been built, of which some 930 had been supplied to the Royal Navy as Hellcat II and 1434 of the total had been completed as F6F-5N night-fighters. Ultimately, the Hellcat equipped 14 FAA front-line squadrons. The first Hellcat Mark Is started to be delivered to the Fleet Air Arm on 13 March 1943, FN321 and FN323 arriving three months later, in June 1943 to the A and C Flights of A&AEE, Boscombe Down for service trials by RN pilots, and in July 1943 FN330 was tested by 778 squadron at Crail. Very soon afterwards the Hellcat was distributed to operational squadrons, 800 Squadron received its first Hellcats in batches in July, August and October 1943, and 1839 squadron from December 1943. Not long after this, on 31 August, 1943 the first combat sorties were being flown by the USN VF9 and VF-5 squadrons aboard USS Yorktown against Japanese targets on Marcus Island (Minami-tori Island) some 700 miles southeast of Japan. The first and second batches of 188 F6F-5 Hellcat Mark IIs started to be delivered to the Royal Navy from May 1944, primarily to 1840 squadron. By this time many Hellcats were being shipped to overseas FAA squadrons directly from Norfolk, Virginia, USA to HMS Thane 14 August 1944 and on to RNARY Wingfield, then onto 804 Squadron in September 1944. The subsequent batch of 295 Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat Mk F.II was also shipped directly to RNARY Wingfield in HMS Ranee in September 1944, and on to RNARY Coimbatore. Many of these Hellcats were still in service in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) after the end of the war and into1946. However, quite a number were surplus to requirement after VJ-Day and dumped in the sea off Australia by HMS Colossus in 1945. The final 293 Hellcat II to be delivered to the Fleet Air Arm arrived between January and May 1945, the very last aircraft, being delivered on 11 May 1945. The Hellcat served post war and some of the earlier batches managed to remain in RN service, in 709 squadron. After this aircraft was paid off it went to Fairey Aviation at Hayes in 1946. Whilst Grumman F.II KE209 remained as the personal aircraft of the Lossiemouth Station Flight Commanding Officer Caspar John until 1952, and the Aircraft Holding Unit in 1954, (this aircraft is now on display in the Fleet Air arm Museum at Yeovilton, Somerset). The Model With a Hellcat in RN colours on the front of the standard Weekend Edition yellow/white and blue box. Upon opening the kit is well wrapped in a poly bag with the decals and instructions loose. The model is produced on five sprues of greeny beige styrene. Being a weekend edition, there are no resin or etched parts. All the parts are nicely moulded with no visible imperfections but quite a few moulding pips. The details are well presented including the prominent rivets on the rear fuselage. The panel lines are finely done and seem to represent the aircraft structure well. Construction starts with the cockpit tub which is made up of the floor, rear bulkhead, seat, joystick, rudder pedals, instrument panel and side consoles. Detailed painting and the provided decals will pay dividends on the instrument panel and consoles. The cockpit assembly is then fitted to one side of the fuselage. With the addition of the tailwheel, and under cockpit panel the fuselage can be closed up. Note that if the centreline external fuel tank is to be fitted then a slot in the fuselage needs to be removed. The engine assembly comes next with the two banks of cylinders, crankcase and magnetos along with the prop shaft. The whole assembly is then fitted to the fuselage followed by the two halves of the engine cowling sides and front. Now, there are two sets of cowling, but there is no reference to why inthe instructions. To the rear of the fuselage the horizontal tailplanes with their respective elevators and the rudder can be fitted. The wings consist of upper and lower halves, clear landing and navigations lights, machine gun barrels, undercarriage bays, plus separate ailerons and flaps. Firstly the machine gun barrels and undercarriage bays are fitted to the lower wing sections before the upper sections are attached. Although separate the ailerons and flaps don’t appear to be posable without some modification and scratch building. Once the wing halves and flying controls are fitted then the clear navigation and landing lights are fitted. When all complete, the wings can be attached to the fuselage. At this point the instructions call for the cockpit canopy and aerials to be fitted, but these may be left off till near the end of the build, unless of course the canopy is to be posed closed, then the two parts can be fitted at this point. Turning over the completed assembly there are couple of small parts to be added to each wheelwells along with three identification lights on the centreline of the lower fuselage. The hook can also be fitted, either in the retracted or extended position. The undercarriage is built up of the main leg, retraction jack, scissor links, main undercarriage doors and four piece wheels, made up of the separate tyre halves, inner and outer wheels. Now, while this will help with the painting of the wheel, but it will need some careful cleaning up of the tyres join. The completed undercarriage can then be added to the main assembly. The final parts to be added are the built up long range fuel tank and its support, propeller, front undercarriage doors, and the optional rockets, 6 of which are provided, and finally the pitot probe. Decals The only decal option provided is that for an aircraft flown by Sub-Lieutenant W.M.C. Foster, of No1844 Sqn when onboard HMS Indomitable, Okinawa, April 1945. Along with the main insignia, decals are also provided for the propeller, cockpit side consoles and instrument panels, for use if painting them is not for the modeller. The decals are well printed to the standard we are coming to expect from Eduard, in good register and nicely opaque. Conclusion This is another very nice kit from Eduard. It looks like it will build into a very nice model and I don’t think the missing resin and etch of this weekend edition makes it any real difference, unless you are a real superdetailing modeller. It would certainly make for a good, quick mojo booster. Recommended.
  20. Navy Bureau Numbers and aircraft serial match up Now I know there are dangers in assuming a logical BuNo/serial match up, but I thought I’d have a go. I used Joe Baugher's US Navy/US Marine Corps Aircraft Bureau Number database and cross referenced it with the data provided by Sturtivant and Burrow in their book ‘Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945’, published by Air-Britain Publications. Doing this, I came up with following; Hellcat I Production Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat I Serial Numbers: FN320-FN449 & JV100-JV221 BuNo to serial relationship 04850-04859 = FN320-FN329 04945-04954 = FN330-FN339 08894-08903 = FN340-FN349 08954-08963 = FN350-FN359 09029-09038 = FN360-FN369 25778-25787 = FN370-FN379 25868-25877 = FN380-FN389 25958-25967 = FN390-FN399 26053-26062 = FN400-FN409 26148-26157 = FN410-FN419 65962-65971 = FN420-FN429 66082-66091 = FN430-FN439 66222-66231 = FN440-FN449 40111-40120 = JV100-JV109 40266-40285 = JV110-JV119 40421-40430 = JV120-JV129 40597-40605 = JV130-JV139 40771-40780 = JV140-JV149 40946-40955 = JV150-JV159 41121-41130 = JV160-JV169 41306-41325 = JV170-JV189 41826-41831 = JV190-JV195 42332-42344 = JV196-JV208 42845-42857 = JV209-JV221 I’m not sure why FN420 to FN449 seem to be later build airframes than the JV serialled airframes. Can someone explain this? Hellcat II Production Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat Mk II Serial Numbers JV222-JV324, JW700-JW784, JW857-JW899, JX670-JX964, JX968-JX999, JZ775-JZ821, JZ912-JZ946, JZ960-JZ964, JZ970-JZ978, JZ981-JZ994, KD118-KD152, KE118-KE159, KE180-KE214, KE215-KE229 and KE230-KE265 BuNo to serial relationship 58220-58232 = JV222-JV234 58733-58795 = JV235-JV297 58996-58999 = JV298-JV301 69992-70014 = JV302-JV324 70015-70037 = JW700-JW722 70238-70287 = JW723-JW772 70463-70474 = JW773-JW784 70475-70512 = JW857-JW894 70688-70692 = JW895-JW899 70693-70762 = JX670-JX739 71163-71237 = JX740-JX814 71638-71712 = JX815-JX889 72113-72187 = JX890-JX964 77259-77290 = JX968-JX999 77291-77337 = JZ775-JZ821 77792-77826 = JZ912-JZ946 78446-78450 = JZ960-JZ964 78456-78464 = JZ970- JZ978 78467-78471 = JZ981-JZ985 78422 = JZ986 78473-78480 = JZ987-JZ994 79006-79040 = KD118-KD152 79514-79555 = KE118-KE159 79273-79307 = KE180-KE214 79708-79722 = KE215-KE229 79723-79758 = KE230-KE265 Hellcat II(NF) Production Serial Numbers JX965-JX967, JZ822-JZ827, JZ890-JZ911, JZ947-JZ959, JZ965-JZ969 (possibly), JZ979-JZ980, JZ995-JZ999, KD103-KD117, KD153-KD160, KE160-KE179 BuNo to serial relationship 72989-72991 = JX965-JX967 77338-77343 = JZ822-JZ827 77680-77681 = JZ890-JZ891 77695-77696 = JZ892-JZ893 77705-77706 = JZ894-JZ895 77715-77716 = JZ896-JZ897 77725-77726 = JZ898-JZ899 77745-77746 = JZ900-JZ901 77750-77751 = JZ902-JZ903 77760-77761 = JZ904-JZ905 77765-77766 = JZ906-JZ907 77780-77781 = JZ908-JZ909 77790-77791 = JZ910-JZ911 78365-78366 = JZ947-JZ948 78375 = JZ949 78385-78386 = JZ950-JZ951 78395 = JZ952 78405-78406 = JZ953-JZ954 78414 = JZ955 78425-78426 = JZ956-JZ957 78435 = JZ958 78445 = JZ959 78451-78455 = JZ965-JZ969 78465-78466 = JZ979-JZ980 78890 = JZ995 78891 = JZ996 78895-78896 = JZ997-JZ998 78910 = JZ999 78914-78915 = KD103-KD104 78933 = KD105 78935-78936 = KD106-KD107 78950 = KD108 78955-78956 = KD109-KD110 78970-78971 = KD111-KD112 78984-78986 = KD113-KD115 79000 = KD116 79005 = KD117 ? = KD153 79221 = KD154 79225 = KD155 79231 = KD156 78235 = KD157 79511-79513 = KD158-KD160 79253-79272 = KE160-KE179 Some of these airframes were definitely delivered as Hellcat II(NF)s, whilst others are noted as NFs by Sturtivant but Baugher states that they were delivered as Hellcat IIs. Perhaps they were used by NF units but not converted, or perhaps they were converted in the UK, once they were delivered? Airframe modifications Richard Dann’s F6F Hellcat Walk Around, published by Squadron/Signal Publications, provides specific BuNos in relation to airframe mods. For example on Hellcat Is, the cannon fairings were deleted, slanted radio masts changed to vertical and the lower cowl flap was deleted after BuNo 26195, the exhaust fairing was deleted after BuNo 40235 and provision for HVARs was made from BuNo 42185. Using the above BuNo/serial info, this suggests that; The last 30 FN serialled Hellcat Is FN420 onwards? would have had the above changes and the R-2800-10W engine. The first 10 JV serialled Hellcat Is up to JV109? would have had the exhaust fairing. The last 82 JV serialled Hellcat Is JV140 onwards? would have had the R-2800-10W engine. The last 26 JV serialled Hellcat Is JV196 onwards? would have had provision for HVARs. For Hellcat IIs, the forward spine light was deleted after BuNo 70289 and the small rear windows were deleted after BuNo 71662. This suggests that; The forward spine light was deleted from JW773 onwards The small rear windows were deleted from JX840 onwards. Cowlings It is stated that the F6F-5 introduced a redesigned engine cowling which fitted more tightly around the engine and reduced drag, contributing to the variant’s improved performance. Looking at drawings and photos, I can’t perceive any difference between a late production F6F-3 (minus the lower flap and exhaust fairing) and an F6F-5 cowling. If you were to park the two next to each other, could you tell the difference? Edit - just corrected my maths
  21. There's some interesting releases from Eduard in 1/72 and 1/48 in April for WW2 fans. All prices currently TBA. There's another variant of the Bf110 in 1/72, this time the Bf110C-6. I've not seen much about this kit but it's a limited edition kit and from the price Hannants are advertising it at (£28.00) I would suspect that there is some brassin parts (probably the 30mm cannon) in this as well as the usual mask/etch. I know it sounds expensive for a 1/72 but the Eduard Bf110 kits are really nice kits and I don't see a weekend version of this coming out, so if you want this version, this will be the one to get! Eduard are re-releasing 2 kits in 1/48 in April, first of which is the P-39L/N Airacobra Profipack and the Royal Navy Hellcat Dual combo set. Now if Hannant's prices are to be believed, these kits are much more sensibly priced! The P-39 is looking to be £16.70 and the Hellcats £28.00. For those who haven't seen the Hellcats, that's 2 kits for £28.00 with mask and etch for each one! You can make a Royal Navy Hellcat Mk I and Mk II from the set. The last release is another 1/48 Spitfire Weekend edition, this time the early Mk IXc. As for prices, we've not set any prices as we haven't got the prices from our supplier as yet but we've proved consistently that we can usually beat the Hannants 10% discount pre-order price. So if anyone wants any of these kits, please let me know. thanks Mike
  22. I've been away from the modelling bench over 6 months. Combination of home stuff and work left me very under-enthused. So I've started this as a way of hopefully getting my mojo back. It is intended as a quick build - but we will need to wait and see as my last go at a quick build stalled. So first the box and sprue shots (although I am guessing this is fairly well known kit). Box top: Decals: Sprues (after a quick wash): The intent is also to have a play with some Italeri acrylics that have appeared in my local hobby shop. The price looked pretty good, I'll try them out first just for the cockpit:
  23. Originally released in the 1960s and available (yet again) this year it has been superseded by the fantastic offering from Platz. I'll be building this OOB + filler + sanding + tears + filler + sanding...
  24. We've got a bonus batch of various 1/72 kits now listed at extra special prices! Minicraft - PB4Y-1 Liberator 'Easy Maid' and US Navy Anti Sub Patrol - one of each for £15.00 per kit Eduard - Grumman Hellcat Mk I/II Royal Navy Dual combo £13.35 per kit (2 in stock) MPM - Meteor MK I Ltd Ed £9.75! 2 (in stock) Hobby Boss - Hawker Seahawk FGA.6 £6.00!!! (6 in stock) So if you fancy a half price Sea Hawk or 2, or any of the others, go on our website and get ordering but hurry as these are listed on Ebay as well! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/index.asp thanks Mike
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