Fritz's Pacific GB - Hasegawa 1/48 F6F-5 Hellcat

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6 years 6 months ago #1 by Fritz
Have had this kit in the stash for a wee while, so I thought the Pacific GB would be perfect chance to build it.
I've got 2 after market parts for it, the Techmod decals and the Eduard photo etch set that I bought from the Duxford airshow back in 2011.
I have never used photo etch before so hopefully this will go ok :unsure:

I am aslo not a fan of the Navy Blue scheme as I feel its a bit bland. so I am gona go with the 3 tone scheme in the decal set.

I hope you enjoy this build :)

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6 years 6 months ago #2 by Dads Army
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Nice one :woohoo:

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6 years 6 months ago #3 by Andrew
Sweet :)

I've built and primed the 1/48 Hasegawa F6F-3 Hellcat, goes together pretty nice

Look forward to further updates

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6 years 5 months ago #4 by Kiwimav
Nice, looking forward to seeing the build.

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6 years 5 months ago #5 by Wally
Yay, another WW2 aviation entry. Cool. It won't be just me and DA!
I like the Hasegawa F6Fs, although for super-accuracy buffs the cowling is (apparently) incorrect. There a some corrected versions available I believe.
I reckon their cowling is adequate in shape but begs to have the flaps opened. Next one I do I shall take to it with razor saw & hobby knife.
The other thing you can't do with it OOB is have the canopy open I seem to remember.
Good choice of F6F-3 version from the Techmod decals though because its not a well known (and consequently overdone) one like "Little Joe"
On a carrier deck base ya reckon?
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6 years 5 months ago #6 by Fritz
Hey Wally. Yea I heard the cowling was apparently incorrect. It will do, looks pretty good to me.
The cowling flaps would indeed look nice open. But knowing my luck I will ruin it lol.
I am rather please with the decals, they should come out nicely to.
Would like to display it on a base, going to have to try find one online and order it in.

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6 years 5 months ago #7 by Fritz
I was wondering if anyone can help me. When using photo etch do people apply all the etch first and then paint, or do they do it in sections?

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6 years 5 months ago #8 by jimmy07
Hey Fritz,
It's best to "bend" the parts to how they will be on/in the aircraft before painting. Also pays to either lightly sand the bigger bits or wash again in laquer thinner (I've heard vinegar works just as well) which gives the primer or paint something to hold on to.

Painting before shaping usually ends up flaking the paint off. That said the paint goes on better when the PE has been primed beforehand. There are metal etch primers around apparently, but provided the surface is prepared beforehand (light sanding or wash) you should be fine with what ever you've got.

My two cents :)

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6 years 5 months ago #9 by Fritz
Ok great thanks for the help. They seem to be bending ok so far. Finding the eduard instruction sheet a little confusing :(

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6 years 5 months ago #10 by jimmy07
Yeah they can be a real headache on some sets!

It's tricky trying to figure out the best order to fold the pieces, with these folding tools you have to allow for the tools itself to not get in the way. When I get the real brain twisters I copy the part on paper and figure the order to fold it easiest. Saves A LOT of hassle than winging it. I don't know if eduard really put specific fold steps, just more where to fold, if that makes sense.

My four cents, now :)

Chuck some pics up!

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6 years 5 months ago #11 by Andrew
I normally glue all the PE on first, then paint afterwards. Its hard enough to get the PE to stick to plastic, let alone any paint getting in the way interfering with adhesion :unsure:

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6 years 5 months ago #12 by Fritz
Hey

Small up date. Have been trying my hand at PE and yeeeeeaaaaaa........... Getting a little frustrated with it but it's getting there.
Some pics below of where I am at, at the moment. Hopefully I can spray the cockpit tonight. Will touch up the wires on the engine as well.










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6 years 5 months ago #13 by Wally
The engine looks great as will the seat when painted. Good for you.
I find PE detail sets just TOO FRUSTRATING.
Seat belts alone are enough for me.
I look forward to seeing more.
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6 years 5 months ago #14 by Fritz
Cheers Wally. Yea I am finding it very frustrating. Some things like the rudder pedals I decided to leave out I just couldn't get them to work.

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6 years 5 months ago #15 by Kiwimav
cant wait to see your progress...i too like the 3 color scheme, #25 looks sweet

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6 years 5 months ago #16 by Tiger
Cool Fritz. Havn't done PE stuff myself----yet, I have some on my next project and feeling a little nervous :-)
Great start, looking forward to watching.
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6 years 5 months ago #17 by Fritz
Cheers Tiger and Kiwi.

So I have just done a bit more. Cockpit is painted and is ready for assembly. PE was a major challenge. Still have a lot to learn about that stuff. Started to get a bit annoyed with the seatbelts.

Below is some pics on where I am up to. :)


Cheers

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6 years 5 months ago #18 by Wally
Nice!

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6 years 5 months ago #19 by Kiwimav
Looking good Mike

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6 years 5 months ago #20 by eyepaule
Looking good, some nice detail going on in there..

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4 months 5 days ago #21 by Fritz
After seeing all the Airfix big Hellcat builds appearing on Facebook, I decided to pull this off the shelf of Doom and get it finished. I was going to do it the tri colour scheme, but ended up painting it in the glossy blue colour fs15042 instead, as it was much easier.

I was originally using some techmod decals I had purchased years ago, but they did not work at all. Ended up buying some microscale decals and so far, results have been very good.




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4 months 4 days ago #22 by Terry
Full marks for getting this off the shelf and back on the workbench. I had no idea there was a Pacific GB but this was around the time I started frequenting the site, so that probably explains it.

So what was your problem with the Techmod decals? I'm asking because I've got a set for a Hawker Hurricane and forewarned etc.

Cheers,
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4 months 4 days ago #23 by Viperbuilder
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4 months 4 days ago #24 by Fritz

Terry wrote: Full marks for getting this off the shelf and back on the workbench. I had no idea there was a Pacific GB but this was around the time I started frequenting the site, so that probably explains it.

So what was your problem with the Techmod decals? I'm asking because I've got a set for a Hawker Hurricane and forewarned etc.

Cheers,
T.


Thanks Terry

My ones wouldn't react and conform using microsol. When I tried to cut them (after they had dried) through the panel line, they ended up shredding. This was using a brand new blade to. I also noticed some silvering as well.

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4 months 1 day ago #25 by Fritz
Have applied most of the decals, just a few more to go.




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2 months 3 weeks ago - 2 months 3 weeks ago #26 by Fritz
Onto the final leg to getting this completed.
I did a pin wash of light brown/black, but kinda wish I had just gone with straight black, as you can't really see it.
Exhaust staining was done using NATO black and Tamiya xf-20 grey. I think I'm happy with the stain, not entirely sure.

I was a bit annoyed when I took the canopy masks off, as I saw that some glue has frosted on the inside. Not much I can do, but it's a bit of a bummer :(





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