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M18 Hellcat 1 month 6 hours ago #1

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Just finished, Academy M18 Hellcat... Bought as soon as it came out in 1997, started almost as soon as I got it home, finished this morning !!


























Used about 30% of the Verlinden kit-specific detail set including some 'old skool' etched brass (yes BRASS), resin stowage etc, other stowage from various Tamiya and Academy sets, .50cal is from the old Tamiya US Weapons set. Most of the decals are from the spares box.

Really enjoying my AFV modelling at the moment, so much so that I'm even going to try something that isn't Olive Drab in the very near future !! - As ever thanks for taking the time to look and/or comment please feel free to make any comments, criticisms or ask any questions.

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That is looking pretty sweet mate, really nice variation on the Olive Drab, good to see that there is more than one shade of green :)
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Really pile on the stowage to the exterior it was the only place the crew could put what was needed or liberated!

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Yeah I guess you're right Mark but to be honest I personally like it as it is. Adding stowage while historically accurate can if not done right detract from the aesthetics of the model/subject itself.
Purely from a modelling perspective this is just the right amount of accoutrements to set the scene without losing the workmanship that's gone in to the AFV itself.
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M18 Hellcat 1 month 4 hours ago #5

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Thanks guys, but it's done... nothing more to add to this except a little more dust in the return rollers - looking at these photo's they appear too clean.

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M18 Hellcat 1 month 4 hours ago #6

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Great things do take time :)

I agree with Gary on this one, show case the tank not a pile of extras.
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Stowage well done though adds to the model as do a crew....

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M18 Hellcat 1 month 1 hour ago #8

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IAN wrote: Just finished, Academy M18 Hellcat... Bought as soon as it came out in 1997, started almost as soon as I got it home, finished this morning !!


A 20 year project naturally faded! Seriously though, lovely work Ian. Fading and colour variation, stowage all look great. You nailed it.

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M18 Hellcat 4 weeks 2 days ago #9

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Looks blimmin awesome Ian.
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M18 Hellcat 3 weeks 1 day ago #10

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Very Nice Ian, I agree the OD looks great.
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M18 Hellcat 1 week 4 days ago #11

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Turned out really well. Very convincing on the mud. I'm curious as to why the road wheels all look so clean compared with the drive sprocket and the idler. It is the same both sides so I'm assuming it's been through water. I love everything about it, especially the interior. You're roaring along with these AFVs!!!
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M18 Hellcat 1 week 4 days ago #12

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M18 Hellcat 1 week 4 days ago #13

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Looks beaut Ian! :whistle:

Roll on the next one.
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Once again thanks everyone for the positive comments - really appreciated and never taken for granted.


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