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#1 tchwrma

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 11:38 PM

Hi, friends. This is my 1/32 Hellcat from Hasegawa. This kit was build some years ago, but I never was satisfied with the results.

So a few days ago I decided to fix it.

This are the kit before the removal of the paint.

 

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Here the kit with the paint removed, and some parts too.

 

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Corrections in the side windows. It was really a pain in the ass to put the scratched windows with the kit assembled. But I believe that is good.

 

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Engine repainted. I need to paint the details.

 

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the Cowling has a lot of troubles. Here corrected, ready to be glued to the plane.

 

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Flaps reworked:

 

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The original panel are poor. Then I made another one with a resin part, drilled and sanded in the back, to glue the dials. The green part are still umpainted. To complete the panel, I glued a piece of PE. This still need to be finished.

 

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The original wheel, in the right are mad. I will use the rubber tyre from the Tamiya 1/32 corsair to fix this. I will copy them in resin and use the old wheel as a wheel hub. To this I removed the tyre part and sanded the hub to be used in the new wheel. This picture is only to see if it fits.

 

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Starting the scribbing of the lines and the riveting, using my new RB tools riveter. Absolutely astounding!

 

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This is for now.

 

Cheers, Paulo.


Edited by tchwrma, 18 November 2017 - 11:41 PM.

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#2 mmaben

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 01:29 AM

         :popcorn:


I just like airplanes

 

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#3 dennismcc

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:15 AM

Good idea, I refurbished a few of my older builds a while ago and it was a really enjoyable experience.

 

Cheers

 

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:30 PM

Thanks, guys!

soon new pics of the work.

 

Cheers, Paulo.



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 08:33 PM

I resolved to create the flap doors, who close the gap between the flaps and the wing, who not are represented in the kit. I did it with Epoxi mass, sanded and refined.

At this point I closed the wheel bay gaps. This is the results, after a little primer, to see the possible defects.

 

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soon, more pics.

 

Cheers, Paulo.


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#6 Shaka HI

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 09:53 PM

I admire your persistence Paulo....I definitely wouldn't re-build this kit, let alone build another at any time!



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 10:50 PM

I admire your persistence Paulo....I definitely wouldn't re-build this kit, let alone build another at any time!

 

I never expect to have so many work with this project. The initial idea was only repaint it. But when i removed the old paint, ther have so many things that could be fixed, that I could not let behind. Now is just a riveting job and paint it. At least I hope so...

Paulo.


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Posted 08 December 2017 - 02:08 AM

Some progress:

 

I never like the original Fuel tank supports.

 

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So I replaced the support by metal tubes:

 

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Then I sanded the fixing belt to create my own:

 

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This is my Belts in metal:

 

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And one dryfit to see if it fits:

 

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Here the flaps actuators:

 

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And some dryfit pics, to show how they look:

 

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For now it is. Comments, please.

 

Paulo.


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Posted 08 December 2017 - 02:18 AM

Excellent work, Paulo!

 

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 02:20 AM

Excellent work, Paulo!

 

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Thanks, Kev!

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 04:43 AM

Ha ha...the main reason why I didn't drop the flaps on mine! Excellent work, indeed!



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 05:41 AM

Lovely work going on here Paulo. Love the fuel support straps.the flap hinges look the part too. Well done again..

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 12:42 PM

Thanbks for the kind words, Guys! More to come...Now I will do the riveting job.

 

Paulo.



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 01:40 PM

Great work Paulo!   

Im with Shaka on this one, I would never have the intestinal fortitude to try to re-do a previously done model of mine (although I do have many that I am/was unsatisfied with).

I normally like to use those kinds of builds as markers to where my skills were at that time.  

 

Your persistence is remarkable, and the results show. Model on, and looking forward to more progress!


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