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AIRFIX 1/24 F6F-5 to F6F-3?

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OK im sure a few of us are wondering this. What has to be done to the Airfix hellcat to backdate it to an f6f-3 please?

 

From what i can gather , add widows behind seat , ad cooloing gills to lower cowl , add lumps on cowling over exhausts?

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The lower cowl flaps and bumps over the exhausts are maybes, it depends on the specific airplane.  Both features were deleted during the -3 production, I believe the lower cowl flaps went away first.  The big thing that needs to change, other than adding the windows behind the canopy, is the windscreen; the -3 had a 4-piece windscreen with a curved front piece, 2 side panels, and a panel at the top with an armor glass panel inside, whereas the -5 had a 3-piece windscreen with a flat, armored glass front pane and 2 side pieces that met at the top.  There are also a few minor adjustments to make to the cockpit consoles to delete some things that the -5 had that the -3 did not. Also, the metal skinning on the underside of the flaps where the rocket exhaust would impinge needs to be backdated to the fabric like on the upper surface.  There may be a couple of other things, but those are the really visible ones I can think of. 

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Good to know!   I know I've thought about it, and the rear window to me would be the easiest thing to correct. For me the windscreen is the deal breaker. I know I could scratch one up, but having experience in that area tells me I may or may not even be able to make a replacement that is acceptable to me. I think I may make an in-flight -5 with this one and hang it from the ceiling of my model room, and hope that AF does a -3. 

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in addition to the above comments, I think the panel lines on the outer wings were also different between the  F6F-5 and the F6F-3.

 

I'm with the crowd of modellers hoping Airfix issue a dash 3 version with all the appropriate changes.

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On 6/24/2019 at 12:22 PM, Kagemusha said:

Despite what they've said, probably to help sales of the - 5, it's unimaginable that Airfix won't release the - 3.

 

I agree 100%. Not doing a -3, makes absolutely no sense at all.

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17 minutes ago, LSP_K2 said:

 

I agree 100%. Not doing a -3, makes absolutely no sense at all.

 

Not doing a new 1/72 Vulcan makes no sense either. Tamiya not doing an F-16D makes no sense either. What makes sense seems to have nothing to do with it.

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37 minutes ago, Jennings Heilig said:

Not doing a new 1/72 Vulcan makes no sense either. Tamiya not doing an F-16D makes no sense either. What makes sense seems to have nothing to do with it.

 

Just going by the Hawker Typhoon kits, provisions were made in the bubble top version to also do the car door version. Based on that reality alone, and having never yet seen the -5 Hellcat, I can only hope (and perhaps presume), that they'd be clever enough to take full advantage of that tooling, to release what might arguably be considered a more widely desirable version of the aircraft.

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