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1/24 Airfix F6F-5 Hellcat

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Evening all,


I think I’m calling the cockpit done. Not my best effort, but looks ok. I’m not really adding a great deal in terms of detailing, I haven’t quite got the enthusiasm somehow. The Airscale set is great as are the ‘wrong’ seat belts. They really lift it a notch. I’m looking forward to seeing what the master builders do with this kit though - it has great potential. 


Note the masked areas on the mating surfaces.






































Edited by Gisbod

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8 hours ago, Ryan said:

I would be happy with this effort so far Guy, looking spiffy.





We both know you wouldn’t be! :rolleyes: 


Thanks for the support everyone. I’ve closed up the fuselage, it went together quite well in the end, but I was conscious of potential issues. Again, I don’t think there’s anything at all wrong with the kit - just that you have to be ‘fit aware’ - ie paint on the mating surfaces, constant checking etc.


It’s quite a hunk of plastic on the bench!










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There are some real head-scratchers in this kit.  Surely they photographed at least one F6F close up and personal, yet they portray many of the access hatches (the fuel filler locations) as raised panels, when the real things are utterly flush.  And the spring loaded kick steps are portrayed as recessed panels.  Both of those need to be fixed IMHO.  In Airfix's defense, Tamiya did the same thing with the kick step on their recent 1/48 Bf109G-6, which is equally inexplicable.  

I'm still on the fence about the wrinkly skin.  That may be accurate for a 75 year old restored warbird or museum display, but I'm not convinced it really belongs there on a newly produced 1944 Hellcat.  

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