**** DONE: 1/48 F6F-5 Hellcat Capt D McCambell - Aircraft of the aces GB

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    #1 Nxthanos, Aug 25, 2011
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    Username: Nxthanos
    First name: Chris
    Category: Beginer
    Scale: 1:48
    Manufacturer: Hasegawa
    Model Type: F6F-5 Grumman Hellcat
    Details: Single seat Carrier Fighter/Fighterbomber
    Aircraft Assignment: David McCambell USN
    Accessories: None
    Decals: Techmod

    History of David McCambell USN
    Captain David McCampbell
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    After what seems like forever i have finally started to work on this kit, so let's see what we have.

    First, the overall shot:
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    You will notice it says 'french navy' on the box, but its a standard Hellcat kit with french decals, and I have after market techmod decals for it.

    Let's take a closer look at the sprue shots:
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    Unlike my normal practice, no pilot figure for this one so I will have to scratch build some detail into the cockpit which if it goes well I will leave open, otherwise I'll close it to hide my shoddy work!

    The techmod decals as always are quite nice and have sevearl planes to choose from, I will build McCambell's 'Minsi III'.
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    Looking good. However I would suggest airbrusing some of gloss dope on the Techmod decal sheet overall.
     
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    That is a good idea, i always do with techmod decals as they tend to be VERY thin.

    Looking at the sprues the cockpit is a bit spartan, so some reference material is consulted to get an idea for some scratch for the cockpit area.

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    Great choice! If you can lay your hands on it, there is a great interview with Capt. McCampbell in the back of the Detail and Scale on the F6F.
     
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    Should be a good one, always liked the look of the Hellcat - unlike a certain other cat.
     
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    Nice choice Chris.
     
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    Maybe I should put in another entry from the Grumman Iron Works so this kitty doesn't get lonely?
     
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    I was hoping that someone would do this one. :)
     
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    Having done all the prep i can for the hurricane, i sat down to work on the Hellcat, and so today's update;

    The photos and painting I have of Captain McCambell's Hellcat clearly show the windows of the F6F-3, even though he was flying a F6F-5. It turns out he had one of the first F6F-5s, so the kit will have to be modified to include the windows. Luckily Hasegawa made the kit with this area already recessed 'in case' of this kind of thing:
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    taking a sharp xacto knife, I began to scribe the opening, eventually braking through, and it was a tad rough around the edges.
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    A fine nail file was then used to 'clean' the rough edges of the cut outs and they now look fine.
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    The next step was to paint the interior green color. I first lightly brushed in a medium dark green and when this had dried I used the more standard interior green. I considered zinc cromate but McCambell's plane clearly had a darker interior.
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    The next thing will be black and silver for the controls and building up the cockpit. Seatbelts are molded on so i may just paint these, otherwise i will scratch build some.
     
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    Looks good. Well done on the windows.
     
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    Always loved the Hellcat, great choice and well done so far.
     
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    Looking like it's off to a great start.
     
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    Very cool choice, and nice progress so far.
     
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    Yep, good work so far.
     
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