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Grumman F6F-5(N) Hellcat Nightfighter

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Hi all!

 

 

 

 

This is my bulld for this GB, a Grumman F6F-5(N) Hellcat from Trumpeter:

 

 

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Lots and lots of virgin plastic in the well-filled, sturdy box….

 

 

 

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To be continued…

 

Cheers!

 

Stefan

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Nice!  I recently acquired both the Trumpy kit  as well as the Has kit.       Have been contemplating an F6F of my own!  This certainly makes me want to push on with it...............Looking forward to more progress

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Hi all!

 

 

I have loaded up with references…

 

 

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As usual I build as much as possible before I have to paint, even if that means hopping around in the instructions a lot.

 

This time I started with the centersection of the wings….

 

 

 

 

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Despite all errors in the kit, the wheelwells are correct.

 

 

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Time to assemble the cockpit which is very well detailed.

 

 

 

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The engine is a little marvel, a very well detailed little P&W R-2800 (as long as I have choosen the correct parts)

 

 

 

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Some instrument and radioequipment…

 

 

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The center line tank and bombs….

 I think I´ll use the tank, but not the bombs., but we´ll see later.

 

 

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Stabilizator and elevators…

 

 

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Rudder and flaps….

 

 

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The radarpod for night-hunting...

 

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More to come soon!

 

Cheers!

 

Stefan

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You´re always welcome, Maru

 

 

 

 

All the small sections built and primed with Alclad Black Microfiller Primer;

 

 

 

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The inside of the engine cover painted ”Grumman Grey” (Hu40)

 

 

 

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The wing armament has been built, I had to build these even tough I will glue the covers, just to get the mounting points for the 0,5cal guns.

 

The Brass guns come from Master.

 

 

 

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The wing sections built and primed at the wingfold/wheelbays.

 

 

 

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The Nightfighter pod mounted on the right wingtip.

 

 

 

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Weapons and pylons built;

 

 

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More to come….

 

Stefan

 

Edited by Phantom2

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I suppose not....

 

But in the SAMI Datafile (written by Tom Cleaver) It´s said that all F6F-5´s were delivered with the zero-lengths stubs in place, so I don´t really know.

 

I just glued it all together as I usually do, just for the fun of it, those will go in the spares box, I suppose.

 

Cheers! :)

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I recently built the -3N version, and all that radio equipment is invisible once you seal up the fuselage. Just as well, as one of them came loose inside mine just after I had it all sealed up, and now my plane doubles as a baby's rattle.

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12 hours ago, CATCplSlade said:

I recently built the -3N version, and all that radio equipment is invisible once you seal up the fuselage. Just as well, as one of them came loose inside mine just after I had it all sealed up, and now my plane doubles as a baby's rattle.

 

Perhaps better leaving them out, then? :D

 

Stefan :)

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Hi all!

 

Just a very short update.

 

 

Interior painted Interior Green (Hu226) and panels painted in satin Black (Hu85).

 

 

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Fuselage halves primed with Alclad Black Microfiller;

 

 

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More Detail painting and a clean-up of the ´pit

 

 

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More to come….

 

Stefan

 

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Hi all!

 

 

Gear reduction housing (Spelling?) painted Hu.40 Aircraft Grey and details picked out in Hu.85 Satin Black.

 

 

 

 

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I had to fill small sinkmarks at the roots on the backside on the blades.

 

 

 

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The wings are assembled and I have decided for a clean aircraft so no bombs or rockets.

I filled the holes in the wings with styrene in a suitable diameter, cut them off and sanded smooth.

 

 

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The new, beautiful wheels from Barracudacast were released from the moulding blocks and cleaned up.

 

 

 

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These wheels are fantastic, moulding and detail incredible!

 

 

 

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Horizontal stabilizators assembled…

 

 

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Landing gears assembled…..

 

 

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More to come soon….

 

Stefan

 

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