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  1. September 28/21 I’m back!- or at least partially back with this Hellcat build. As mentioned above I usually take the summer off from modeling and this year was no exception. Now that the weather is getting a bit cooler, I can almost feel the onset of winter and my recharged modeling mojo that goes with it. One thing that can really get you back into the modeling mood is a modeling contest and despite Covid restrictions (must be double vaccinated with proof, always wear a mask, etc.), The Alberta Military Modeling Club had their annual contest a few days ago. I really like this contest, because everything is military for obvious reasons and I’m interested in almost all of it, unlike other contests that have Sci-Fi, Figurine and other models I have zero interest in. I brought along a couple of my models, including my recent CF-104 Starfighter and Hawker Tempest Mk V, which unfortunately competed in the same category of Detailed Single Engine Aircraft. I’m happy to report that the Starfighter won Gold and the Tempest Silver, but more importantly, the CF-104 also won 4 other Special Awards that were not necessarily aircraft related. I was very surprised and humbled, so my hat’s off to the AMMC for putting on such an interesting and rewarding experience for me and many others. I’ll be sure to come back next year, maybe with a 1/24 Hellcat? Speaking of the Hellcat, I left off this build noting that the front fuselage halves would not close and left a gap at the front which I filled with styrene, which wasn’t all bad, since the front windscreen is a bit too wide to begin with. The windscreen is not only a bit too wide, but it’s a bit too tall at the base as well, so I sanded the lower inside part of it on all sides. As I do on all my windscreens and canopies, I then painted the inside frame in gloss black lacquer. Since black won’t let light through, imperfections at the base and around the frame won’t show through and it makes the plastic “glass” appear thinner than it really is. This was followed by a coat of Interior Green, as per references. Dry fit on the fuselage, the windscreen is still a bit too thick and there is a small gap at the base, which is too thick for scale. Surprisingly, the instructions don’t ask for gluing and attaching the windscreen until the very end of the build in Step 297, but if you want to protect the cockpit and alter the windscreen a bit, it should be done now. After gluing on the gunsight permanently with Micro Kristal Klear, I then removed the paint from the base of the windscreen with solvent, then glued it in place using Tamiya Extra Thin Cement, which oozed under the clear plastic and filled the gaps without any fogging. This is a bit tricky, because you want lots of cement under the windscreen to create a secure bond, but you don’t want too much that might be seen from the inside, so it is best done in small iterative steps until you get the look you want. After everything dried, I then sanded down the clear plastic so that it was flush, while leaving a thin panel line. The base of the notch at the rear of the windscreen (on right) is not a real panel line, so I gently sanded the bottom edge to blend it in a bit. With the glue applied earlier, it did not need to be filled. This kit can be built in 3 main versions, with the wings folded, wings not folded and also in flight. Before proceeding with any step, you need to check the top right each page to ensure that you are assembling the version you have chosen. After final assembly of the fuselage in Step 43, I skipped Steps 44 to 51, which are in flight only, then started on Step 51 above. Here is the assembly of the lower fuselage in Steps 52 to 61, with the following observations: - While there is lots of flash and seam lines on most of the parts, it is all easily removed - There are many sink marks, but if you check ahead in the instructions, most of these sink marks are impossible to see during final assembly, so you really don’t need to worry about most of them - The fit of all parts is extraordinary! Everything fits with minimal trimming - While the instructions call for painting the parts in between Steps for ease of painting, I chose not to because I wanted a strong bond using liberal cement in some areas, which would have crazed the paint. I will paint everything as you see below at once, which will be tricky but not impossible A detailed shot of the right side- and also decision time. This is where you can decide if you want the wing flaps up, using flap hinges F3 to F6, or down, using hinges F9 to F-12. As much as I wanted lowered flaps, after a review of many Hellcat pics, the flaps appear to always be in the up position when parked, so I used part F3 to F-6 which as you can see on the left, is even labeled “S1, S2, P1 and P2” noting if they are supposed to be on the Starboard or Port side. So that’s about it for now with not a ton of work, but it’s a start, which will likely really get rolling in November when the snow flies. Cheers, Chuck
  2. Good point Woody, yes, but only for spraying the dark color to protect the lighter color. After that I do most of the repair work freehand, sometimes using Post-It notes held in my "free hand" to cover areas I want to protect. It doesn't need to be very neat! Cheers, Chuck
  3. Both, depending on what I was trying to achieve or repair. From above is more fuzzy, while at an angle is sharper. This method is iterative, so the putty mask lines were removed and re-positioned as required. Also, I should have mentioned to spray the light colors first followed by darker colors, to ensure good coverage. Cheers, Chuck
  4. Simple- use poster putty. You can get the demarcation line as tight or as fuzzy as you want, depending on how sharp an edge you create with the putty. Here's 2 examples: Cheers, Chuck
  5. Thank you Peter, that is very, very cool! Real pilots and no Tom Cruise, what's not to like? I found that my Geezer ears found the music super annoying, so I muted much of it. Cheers, Chuck
  6. I couldn't agree more as well, and having communicated with Kevin quite a bit behind the scenes with KLP Publishing and other topics, I can confirm that "what you see is what your get". He really is that nice a guy who is totally dedicated to the success of LSP. Cheers, Chuck
  7. FWIW, I highly recommend that all negative comments here be terminated. Whoever hacked this site can obviously read them and since chaos and turmoil is what they are seeking, why give them another reason to hack us again? My company has been hacked twice and after getting advice from experts, this is what they recommend. Don't give these guys the gratification of recognition. Cheers, Chuck
  8. Just came upon this at your KLP website. Congratulations Kevin! As scary as this new venture might seem, all success stories started with some risk- and dedication to the job at hand. I'm sure you'll do great! Cheers, Chuck
  9. Really, really nice model Jan! Great paint finish and that weathering and chipping is perfect! Cheers, Chuck
  10. It looks like you had a few very talented modelers help you with this book. Sorry, I couldn't help myself. All the best Pig, Chuck
  11. Your weathering is so interesting and mesmerizing. Great job! Cheers, Chuck
  12. Stunning!! That bird is a real beauty and your modeling skills are at Master Class level. Congrats. Cheers, Chuck
  13. Yup, which is why I likely never will attend the Nats, especially living in Canada. All of my models are 1/32 (or larger) and I can't imagine bringing my F-15C or F-4E on an airplane. I have enough trouble driving them to a local show without breaking something (and usually do!). When I look at some of these pics a bit closer, you can tell that there was some incredible work put into these models and I bet the owners thought they had category winner for sure- or at least a top 3 placement. Most of course didn't win anything, so I'm sure it was very disappointing for many. With that many high quality 1/32 models, you obviously can't go in with those expectations. On the flip side at our local model contests, you might get about 8 entries in each 1/32 category, so picking the top 3 is usually pretty easy. Cheers, Chuck
  14. Thank you very much for posting! A few of my quick thoughts: Although most of these models are some of the best in North America, many of the builds here at LSP could compete very well with most of them Like Anthony mentioned, that F-4S paint job is awesome and it really grabs me. I bet the rest of the model is fantastic too, but it's hard to tell from a distance I'm really glad I'm not a judge! With the quality of modeling so high, picking one or two over the others would be very, very difficult Cheers, Chuck
  15. Happy Birthday Kev, and again thanks for all you do for LSP! Cheers, Chuck
  16. Thanks guys! It’s been a busy week for me and I obviously missed this. Much appreciated! Cheers Chuck
  17. Not to rain on this F-4 parade, but we've seen stuff like this many times before that never made it to the finish line. Computer generated schematics are nice to look at, but until we see actual plastic or resin parts that fit together nicely, I will reserve my judgement. Having said that, this is the future of modeling with so much 3D printing looking and fitting terrific already. Cheers, Chuck
  18. Meticulous modeling Wolf, just like you always do, seemingly with ease. Congrats on building another contest winning stunner! Cheers, Chuck
  19. Fantastic build Woody! Those famous decal rivets of yours really makes this build “pop” away from the crowd and the chipping is outstanding. Cheers, Chuck
  20. Really, really well done! What I particularly like is the weathering, which looks very natural and not overdone. Excellent model in every way, Congrat's! Cheers, Chuck
  21. Just a quick note to say that I haven't touched this build for a month and don't plan on doing so for at least another month- or two? As I do every summer, I back off from modeling to spend more time outdoors and with the extra heat this year, I just don't have the energy or focus to play with model airplanes. That will all change in September I'm sure and I should be a modeling machine by the time the snow flies in November. I still frequent these forums, however, and am enjoying all the current and new builds, so my modeling continues vicariously through you guys. One possible advantage of putting this build on hold, is that Adriatic Models apparently has some new resin for this kit on the horizon, which isn't ready just yet. Stay tuned! Cheers, Chuck
  22. Sweet modeling Pig! Pure Precision as usual and your great photography also pops out the quality of your work. So cool, despite the fact that I'm not a chopper fan, your (and Shark64's) work is gradually converting me to the Dark Chopper Side a lot. Cheers, Chuck
  23. Totally normal as mentioned above and it's due to dust particles landing on the paint. No big deal at all- just sand the crap off with fine sandpaper or fine sanding cloths. It will come out out a bit streaky looking but since it's a primer coat, you'll never see it after a first coat of the primary color, which will also likely attract more crap. Sand it off too and spot paint, which can turn into a never ending repair session, but in the end, worth it. Without exaggeration, I might take 30 trips to the spray booth to get my paint finish looking flaw free. Cheers, Chuck
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