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1/24 Airfix F6F-5 Hellcat "Kicked Up A Notch" Apr 12/22: Finished!


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Looks amazing Chuck! Seriously, that engine is great OOB, and now it's really popping!

 

Am here to remind you as you move on with the assembly, take special care at step 200. I ended up throwing out that part as it put the whole engine assembly/cowling out of whack. (Page 6 of my build). Anxious to see how you tackle it!

-Peter

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Thank you everyone!

 

16 minutes ago, JayW said:

Chuck - you must have known that I would not pass up a chance to comment on your R-2800.  

 

Third - I have a recommendation.  The big boss on the bottom of the reduction gearbox housing on the front of the engine is in fact just part of the big casting in real life.  So it should be the same gray color as the housing itself, not black:

 

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Fourth - As you have stated, the spark plug wires from the back row drape over the connecting tubes on the front row cylinders.  In real life, as the above photo shows, the wires are actually clamped to the tubes.

Were I you, at this stage, I would probably ignore that.  Nobody else does that (except I did it after a fashion in 1/18 scale).  But I am not you, and you can do miracles that I cannot do.  So your choice.

 

But what an engine!  You must be very proud.

 

Thank you Jay and yes, I did expect some feedback from an expert like you and I really appreciate it!  As for the part on the bottom, J13 in the instructions, it calls for color #85, which is "Coal Black", although I did note that all the pics I have show it to be grey like the rest of the front as you have shown.  Always looking for color contrasts, I kind of like the black, so I think I'll just leave it.  In any case, I can always claim that I was just following the instructions.  :rolleyes:

 

I thought about clamps on the wiring, including on the tubes, but everything I can think of using that would be to scale, it just too darn tiny and I'm afraid of pulling a wire, scratching the paint and/or leaving a glue mess.  Sometimes less is more and in this case, I'm happy to punt and call the front half of the engine done!

 

Cheers,

Chuck

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Thanks again Gents!

 

14 minutes ago, easixpedro said:

Looks amazing Chuck! Seriously, that engine is great OOB, and now it's really popping!

 

Am here to remind you as you move on with the assembly, take special care at step 200. I ended up throwing out that part as it put the whole engine assembly/cowling out of whack. (Page 6 of my build). Anxious to see how you tackle it!

-Peter

 

Peter, please post the link to your build again, because I seem to have lost it in my bookmarks.  I'm all ears when it comes to challenges that others have experienced with this kit, which can sneak up on you.  Just as I marvel at the beautiful fit of some assemblies, I find that other assemblies are not very good at all.

 

Cheers,

Chuck

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I forgot to mention Chuck - I appreciate how you always have the modeler in mind when you post your progress.  Do's and don't's, how you accomplished a task, etc.  Sharing the art so others can learn.  Not just showing your accomplishments perhaps looking for praise, or just to show eye candy.  All of us who are posting on their projects should be doing same - something I occasionally forget.      

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Chuck, here you go.  Relative points are bottom of page 5 and top of page 6 (not sure why the link shows 4, but opens page 6?) Your wiring looks SO much better than mine--makes me wish I'd taken the time to get the AnyZ products!

 

1/24 F6F-5 Hellcat--In Flight - Page 4 - Works in Progress - Large Scale Planes

 

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40 minutes ago, JayW said:

I forgot to mention Chuck - I appreciate how you always have the modeler in mind when you post your progress.  Do's and don't's, how you accomplished a task, etc.  Sharing the art so others can learn.  Not just showing your accomplishments perhaps looking for praise, or just to show eye candy.  All of us who are posting on their projects should be doing same - something I occasionally forget.      

 

Thanks Jay, I try.  This is one of the things I learned when writing modeling articles for FineScale Modeler and now KLP Publishing.  While eye candy is nice to see, what all modelers want to know is how you did certain things, warts and all, which makes the post (or article) that much more interesting to read and see.  There's lots of other guys here that do this as well, so I'm not alone.

 

34 minutes ago, easixpedro said:

Chuck, here you go.  Relative points are bottom of page 5 and top of page 6 (not sure why the link shows 4, but opens page 6?) Your wiring looks SO much better than mine--makes me wish I'd taken the time to get the AnyZ products!

 

1/24 F6F-5 Hellcat--In Flight - Page 4 - Works in Progress - Large Scale Planes

 

 

Thanks Peter.  I still smile when I see that diorama, because it's so unique and well done!

 

I will pay extra attention to Steps 197 to 200, although since most of my engine will always be exposed, it's probably less of a concern.

 

Cheers,

Chuck

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1 hour ago, JayW said:

I forgot to mention Chuck - I appreciate how you always have the modeler in mind when you post your progress.  Do's and don't's, how you accomplished a task, etc.  Sharing the art so others can learn.  Not just showing your accomplishments perhaps looking for praise, or just to show eye candy.  All of us who are posting on their projects should be doing same - something I occasionally forget.      

 

I 2nd that, Jay. I keep forgetting that most of the time, not only occasionally. I especially keep forgetting all the failures along the way.

 

Chuck, pristine work on the engine! I like it very much.

 

Cheers

Rainer

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On 12/15/2021 at 12:10 PM, JayW said:

I forgot to mention Chuck - I appreciate how you always have the modeler in mind when you post your progress.  Do's and don't's, how you accomplished a task, etc.  Sharing the art so others can learn.  Not just showing your accomplishments perhaps looking for praise, or just to show eye candy.  All of us who are posting on their projects should be doing same - something I occasionally forget.      

Very good point Jay. As much as I like the pretty pics, I am mostly interested in the benefit of others experience. Chuck is doing a great service for us who wish to learn from such experts. 

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Dec 24/21

 

 

 

 

One last update before Santa arrives!  This step of adding the exhausts (Steps 172- 186) looks fairly simple, but it’s actually very hard.  As with the intake pipes, the exhausts are absolutely full of big seam lines and along tightly curved surfaces, fairly hard to remove cleanly.  There’s also a few big gaps when exhaust parts are glued together, but with lots of sanding and CA glue, you can get them looking fairly smooth.  Here they are after a coat of Alclad Steel and a hint of Alclad Copper, along with the big engine frame, Part J22, that is painted interior green after all the pin marks were removed.

 

 

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Then installed, with not much to see from the front.

 

 

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But a lot going on at the back, which is crowded enough already, but with spark plug wires, the installation is very tricky, so you need to take your time and go slowly, triple checking the instructions so that you don’t make any gluing errors.  Thankfully no two exhausts are even close to the same shape, so it’s probably hard to make a big mistake unless you force something.

 

 

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The exhaust tips were drilled out before painting, but I found that they didn’t fit the pipes very well without leaving big gaps, so I used liberal amounts of CA glue and repainted them.

 

 

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This angle shows why placing spark plugs on the back of the front cylinder bank is useless, because you can’t see any of it with all this spaghetti hanging out the back.  In order to not touch the engine more than I have to, some of the paint on the spinner and rear has eroded off as I handled it instead, which I will repair later when I’m not grabbing the engine any more.

 

 

 

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Bottom view

 

 

 

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With the wiring and piping finally done, I’ll be adding several parts to the back of the engine which sadly, will hide most of the rear of the engine and much of the extra work to make it look good.  Oh well, at least I’ll know it’s there.

 

 

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Cheers and Merry Christmas to everyone,

 

 

Chuck

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