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  1. I’ve read the Grumman literature from back in the day, but I’ve never seen an F6F-5 photograph with blast plates of any kind over the flaps. There are photos of Dash 5’s with rockets attached but no plates. Anyone have any images to prove this point out?
  2. I like this build. I’d rate it the best so far of the ones I’ve seen online. I’m still progressing on my build as a Dash 3, but I like this look you’ve created with the overall blue.
  3. I’ve progressing hesitating into my build. I’m working on all things common to a Dash 3 and a 5. I haven’t seen any movement in the aftermarket world for an F6F-3 windshield/canopy so I’m setting up to make my own with an old Mattel Vacuform machine. I really don’t want to build this kit into a Dash 5 if I can avoid it. My thoughts so far on this Airfix Hellcat... I like the effort Airfix put into recreating the details. The Eduard Engine Detail set has some merit, but as for me, their Wingfold set doesn’t enhance the work that Airfix already did in this area. The tires need to be replaced and the Reskit tires are excellent. However the Airfix kit tail wheel is better than the resin one. The Airscale cockpit is best suited for an F6F-3 and I like it very much. The kit’s .50 cal guns are quite acceptable. Sharping the detail of the cooling jackets and adding a bit of detail to the breeches make them as good as the aftermarket sets. The fit of the engine components is tight, but that’s better than too loose. After 30 minutes of sanding, everything slides together nicely. The oil cross over tube parts and the cylinder pushrods are to my eye, too large in diameter. I really like the look of the engine after these parts were replaced. I haven’t worked on an Airfix kit in eons, but I like this one because I like the subject.
  4. It's been a while, but to get this thread back on topic, I just purchased on eBay a 1/24 VTG Diels F6F-3. It's a wooden, flyable model but it has a vacuum formed canopy/windscreen. I haven't picked the kit up yet so I don't know of the quality of the windscreen. However, I'm bound and determined to build the Airfix kit as a Dash 3, not a 5. To cover my butt, I also purchased a workable Mattel vacuum form machine from the 1960's. If need be, I'll make a plug using the Airfix windscreen as a starting point, then make my own part. The other changes to the model pale in comparison to getting that correct windscreen.
  5. I answered my own question. I found an old file envelope that was mailed to me in 1994 from the Grumman Corporation. I wrote at the time asking for some wing fold details for the Hellcat. What they sent were some engineering drawings of the wing fold hinge and photocopies of some overall drawings. On the last page is a fold-out drawing of an F6F-5. The caption at the wing states “ ROCKET MOUNTS When used, 3 Rockets were carried under each wing and protective covers fitted to bottom of fabric surfaces of outboard flaps.” It has the Grumman Hellcat logo on the page so I guess that’s as “official” as it gets. I totally forgot that I had this.
  6. I read about these metal plates on the flaps as well, but have seen no photographic proof or read any official literature to say that they actually existed. Detail & Scale had a simple line drawing of an F6F-5 showing these plates, but I would never consider that an accurate resource. Restoration warbirds can’t be accepted as accurate either. Anyone have any thoughts? Since the Airfix kit doesn’t have this detail in their molded kit parts, this will become an issue for anyone attaching rockets to their models.
  7. Although I was in agreement with you in the beginning and remained so after inspecting my kit’s wings and fuselage myself, I’m now convinced that depending on the particular aircraft being depicted, distressed skin is appropriate on the Hellcat. However, I noticed that Airfix put the recesses over the panel lines (where the ribs and spars would be) not between them. Now every time I look at those large plastic parts, it really bugs me.
  8. I stand corrected. Wrinkled skin it is.
  9. I agree 100%. I have my kit kit in hand. Although I appreciate the effort that Airfix took in adding this “oil canning” effect, as I gaze at it my head tells me that it’s overdone. I searched all of my photo references and I can’t find a wartime photo of a Dash 5 with distressed skin.
  10. F6F-5P. Try this... http://warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=65838
  11. Nicely done. Keep the updates coming. I have a Tamiya Spitfire to finish before I start on the Hellcat, but I see nothing in the kit that would prevent someone from back dating the model to an F6F-3. I have the Airscale set and the main instrument panel more closely resembles the Dash 3. The other modifications to the cowling, windshield, rear bulkhead and fuselage windows could be easy to do in this large scale. I’ve never been a big fan of the limited color choices with the F6F-5 in U.S. Navy service which is where my inclinations are.
  12. Looks like the Hellcat will hit the stores on June 23rd. I already have my Airscale cockpit.
  13. For suitable 1/24 WWII U.S. Navy figures, check out reedoak.com. They have three figures (two pilots and one carrier deck crewman) that are perfect for the Airfix Hellcat.
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