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keithjs

Airfix 1/24th Hellcat

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Been a bit of a long term project since May, this one, (not continuous mind) but finally finished now (I hope)..

Absolutely super kit and despite the enormous parts count everything seemed to be pretty good fit wise. The engine I detailed as per the kit instructions with some wire as I think in this scale it does need it. I also ( for my sins) decided to put a little motor in it and fitted a battery pack and switch in the fuselage with access to it into the open hatch. Trouble with that idea is that it looks really naff with the prop running and no pilot...So someone kindly made me a 3D printed figure (only because they wanted to use the new one we have at work...) for now until I can source a proper Airfix one from somewhere...Anyone got one they don't want??? Thanks.

The only extras I used were a set of RB Productions seat belts and a pair of the excellent new brass undercarrige legs and doors from Alistair at Aerocraft.  https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/airfix-hellcat-brass-undercarriage-and-wheel-doors

Thanks, Alistair for letting me have the first set off the production line to get the model finished!

The markings are a mixture of the new Dutch Decal sheet and the Top Notch masking set. I chose not to use the code letters from the Dutch sheet as they're not the correct style. I found the Top Notch ones much better.

After some research ( and a post on BM) I also decided to add the dark paint  markings on the top of the fuselage. Despite having no information to the contrary I put them on the other side too. If anyone can prove they're not there I gladly take them off.

Anyway, I hope you like it and thanks for looking..

 

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Impressive work on an impressive model!

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Great job Keith.  Beautifully finished.  Great addition to your display case..

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Niiiice 

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Gorgeous job Keith,..... nice to see the big kit in British makings too, hopefully we may get some British rocket rails and blast plates at some stage to add to the model eh?

Cheers

           Tony

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Very nice work, the engine detail looks  particularly impressive.

 

gazza l 

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