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1/32 hellcat gun barrels - any suggestions?

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I'd like some opinions on what AM gun barrels to use for my Hasegawa F6F-3 Hellcat. I'm not opposed to making them if anyone has a good idea of how best to do that. Also need some decals if anyone has any they'd part with - was thinking of Alex Vraciu's plane, but I'd consider anything with that tri-color paint scheme. Thanks,

 

Tim

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Two diameters of brass tubing would work well, or you could use some brass barrels from Master. As for the decals Techmod has a sheet that might fit the bill.

John

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You are not doing an "N" version I take it. Masters is the best, but there are 2 other major makers also...........Harv

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430-Gene_in_front_of_a_F6F_Hellcat__Kill

 

The hellcat's  fifty barrels were inclosed in tubes, probably stainless steel so the suggestion above to use brass tubing is a good one.  The restorations I've seen online here and there don't seem to show these blast tubes but they were there as evidenced in the photo above.  I'm sure I have a reference that shows the blast tubes but I haven't gone to the modeling room to look any up so I hope the above photo will suffice.

 

Photo reference retrieved 12/6/2014 from:  https://www.google.com/search?q=F6F+Hellcat+Guns&client=firefox-a&hs=np5&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=1o6DVIO5EIrbsAS1wICYCw&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAg&biw=1920&bih=900#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=CF13s22BLhU9eM%253A%3B7mmCvnEO_3LjqM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.mywarhistory.com%252Fuploads%252FmyWarPictures%252F430-Gene_in_front_of_a_F6F_Hellcat__Kill_wis.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.mywarhistory.com%252Fbrowse%252FprintPreview.aspx%253FserviceHeroId%253D15%3B600%3B444

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Very similar to a P-47.  Brass tubing seems to be a good suggestion with the end rounded a little. I don't think Master makes an actual "Hellcat" barrel do they?

 

Great stuff Masters is though. Top notch!

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Very similar to a P-47.  Brass tubing seems to be a good suggestion with the end rounded a little. I don't think Master makes an actual "Hellcat" barrel do they?

 

Great stuff Masters is though. Top notch!

 

Not that I'm aware of, just the standard Browning M2 barrels, which if used in a Hellcat maintenance scene, would be great, otherwise there's no real point I'd think, as barrels will otherwise not be seen.

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1mm OD for 1/32 Iuse nickel silver tubing I get from Sprue Brothers get the slideb. I can also make you up e fit package so you can slip a smaller dia. tube inside for the bore, do it all the time, I can also make you up some custom paint masks if you'd like promise that it won't bankrupt you honest injun.

 

Paul

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