First time i've posted pics here. Its the 32nd Hellcat by Hasegawa. Its an oldie (47 years old!) but generally a good shaped Hellcat unlike Trumpy's effort. The model took about a year to build on and off. Cockpit was swapped for a Verlinden AM. Solder used for exhausts and additional wiring for the engine. Sharkmouth is hand painted.
Trickiest part of the kit is the windscreen, as it doesn't fit the fuselage and I had to use epoxy putty to build and form fit on the fuselage. Wing root was also a bit tricky...
Other things done to the kit were:
-Scratchbuilt undercarriage hook
-Scratchbuilt interior behind cockpit
-Small wheel bay door actuators
-Navigation lights/landing light
-Aerial wiring (fishing line)
-Mr Color lacquer paints
-Oil paints used for weathering
-Black basing (Doogs Models technique-seemed to work for glossy sea blue) painting technique
Its not fully accurate, but I'm happy with the result given its my first 32nd scale kit and its been a long time since I completed an aircraft model (last one was Tamiya's 48th scale Wildcat years ago...)
Hope you enjoy the pics...Oh yeah, excuse the lack of the canopy in the pics. I removed it and forgot to put it back on when I took the photos.
Excellent photos Bruce. I've seen this model in person and what the photos don't show is some very painstaking work in the cockpit. The model has some real presence about it that even these photos belie. Well done mate.