This Eduard Hellcat Profipack series comes with a lot of photo-etched parts and color photo-etched parts. There are a lot of plastic parts, so it is suitable for advanced modelers. After reading the assembly manual, I don’t feel like making it, it’s too detailed.
Well, maybe I’ll make this aircraft marking as the Minsi III, the Hellcat of the Essex aircraft carrier that the ace pilot was on. I am going to expand the image and show my will to build it.
These are the photo-etched parts. From what I can see, there are many parts of the cockpit and the mounting hardware of the explosive device. Personally, I don’t need very detailed parts, but I will try my best this time.
Before I attach the color photo-etched parts, I have to paint the interior color of the aircraft on various parts. I am trying to finish spraying this color as few times as possible while staring at the instruction manual.
I usually make a cockpit with a stance that I wish I could reproduce a little. The inside of the cockpit is important, but I like to consider the overall color. I like these color parts because they don’t need to be painted separately and have a very precise feeling.
It seems that Yodobashi Akiba has many sections that are not open such as the hobby section. I was wondering if I go to Akihabara now, I could play as Steins; Gate (scene of the main character standing alone in an empty town) but there are still some people. I mean, when I watch the news, people walk around in Akihabara. Even if a restaurant closes its business voluntarily and goes bankrupt, no one will praise it, and the word “self-restraint police” is popular in Japan, I don’t like it. Is it bad to loosen the restrictions a little?
I finally put it together roughly. Since there is a little gap between the main wing and the fuselage, it would be better to make the gap on the lower side because it will be less troublesome to adjust later. I’m a little worried about the strength, so I added instant glue to make it strong.
Maybe because of the new virus epidemic, they were having a sale on online game sales, so I belatedly started Watcher 3. The game level “Brad and Hardcore” is pretty tough without any prior knowledge. It was so difficult that I could see it being thrown halfway. It’s difficult to level up and get many skills.
The panel line is slightly carved with a needle. There are quite a lot of lines, only major lines. For the past few years, I have often used this Mineshima precision needle. I use it by baking and sharpening it with a metal-file. I also have a Creos line chisel, but it seems to need some tips. In the end, it will settle down to my own taste.
Masking tape for canopy. It is not absolutely necessary, but it would be great if it’s available. This time, it is not a detailed canopy, but there are some curves here and there, so I could easily mask it with the tape attached from the beginning.
This kit uses many clear parts on the top and bottom of the body. There are some parts that are finer than sesame seeds, and I lost them as expected. It can’t be helped, so I’m going to process it with a stretch runner.
These days it’s hot like midsummer, so I bought T-shirts in the mail order to ZOZOTOWN. I don’t want to go out with a mask in midsummer. There will be sunburn shape of the mask.
The F6F -5 Hellcat has finally been completed. The F6F Hellcat is the successor to the F4F Wildcat and a major U.S. Navy aircraft during the second half of World War II. It is equipped with a powerful engine of 2200 hp, and although it is a large body, it has been able to make the remaining capacity of the cockpit bulletproof.
The total production of the F6F was about 12000. In the Zero fighter, which can be called a rival, the engine performance was limited, so they made it extremely lightweight and improved the individual dogfight skill of the pilot. U.S. fighter aircraft were designed differently in Japan and the United States because they increased their survivability by allocating the margin of their high-powered engines to their defensive capabilities.
Marking is ‘Minsi III’. This Eduard explanation said the following. David Mccampbell commanded Carrier Air Group 15 and was the most successful fighter pilot in the US Navy. Flying this plane, he managed at least twenty of his 34 kills and twenty ground victories. During the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot on June 19th, 1944, he shot down seven Japanese aircraft, and on October 24th, another nine against a large Japanese numerical advantage. He was twice awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. ‘Minsi III’ was lost in December 1944, in an accident flown by another pilot.
It had a lot of caution marks compared to the other WWII reciprocating aircraft kits. It’s white letters, so it stands out when I put a small letter sticker on a navy blue airplane. As a model, it is good that the precision improves.
The bottom of the aircraft looks like this. Fuel tank and six 5-inch FFARs of air-to-ground rockets could also be used for anti-ship missions. I could choose 500 lbs and 250 lbs bomb, so I chose 500 lbs this time.
I used a black fishing line to stretch the antenna. When I noticed it was a little loose, so I re-stretched it. I like ship models to have loose antennae, it is quite difficult to have the antenna wire of a reciprocating aircraft with tension.
When I made the Profipack kit of Eduardo, Polycarpov before, the body was small and the parts were few, so I didn’t have much trouble. Depending on the kit, it is a quite heavy modeling. It was difficult but fun modeling.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.