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Hello everyone.

This is my new project - HobbyBoss Bearcat.

In general, this is pretty decent kit, especially if compared with other options in Testors or Hobbycraft kits. Kit has crisp engraved panel lines and rivets here and there. Overall details are more than You will expect, although engine is little rudimental. I've put some details on it and it looks just fine. For cockpit I've used Eduard zoom set for Hobbycraft. It needs some surgery to fit properly, but that is not a big issue.

There are few problems.

The engine cowling has some minor shape issues. This curve at the front needs to be a lot smoother, so some sanding is required. It won't be 100%, but it will looks nicer and much closer to the real thing.

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Next problem are wheels. They are to simple. So I've changed them with True details set. The problem is a bigger diameter so sanding is required (again) on wheel struts and/or wheels.

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The last issue and the biggest problem are wings. There are more than few problems with them + bad fit with fuselage. Intakes are too close to the fuselage, and wings looks maybe too short. I will have to live with this. I've inserted piece of styrene plate between fuselage and wings... that way You can have extra 1/2mm or so... it is something at least. The fit was bad anyway...

And there we are: First step... A color... few shades darker than what I want at the end.

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Next... few color shades and weathering made with AK interactive washes/pigments.

I've spent 2 weeks making weathering... And It's not finished yet. I'm pretty satisfied with current situation. Upper side is at 90%... Underside still needs some work...

Decals are good... very thin and nice, but some are just a little out of register...

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Wheel bay with some scratch build details

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New update soon...

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Hi mate, nice build. I am doing a build on a Hobbyboss kit as well in 1:48 (1:48 Me 262A-1a), and I found that the wing to fuselage join was not great as well. Perhaps that is something with hobbyboss. They produce great kits with great detail at great prices, but the kits have not so great fit at the wing to fuselage join...

John

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Thank You guys,

New update:
Painting is over, but I'll have to put some dirt around the exhaust area. It's too clean compared with the rest of the surface(s). Wheels are on the place, but I'll have to put some matt varnish on them.

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Propeller almost done. Maybe some weathering here and there

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Bombs and fuel tank almost done

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Grass is on the place. I sprayed nice filter to match base with weathering colors on the plane.

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Only these rockets left... Does anybody knows the exact model and which colors are correct to paint them. Thanks.

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