HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 BOX PACKAGE 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.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 MAKING 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.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTING 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.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTINGI 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?
(2020/05/06)

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTING It is pretty good because the needle of the meter is drawn.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTING Even the small parts of the seat belt are printed.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTING HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTING There are some etched parts on the inside of the body, so I glued them together.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTINGThe left and right sides of the aircraft body parts are glued together with a cockpit built-in. The cockpit isn’t that big, so I wonder if I can see inside well after completed.
(2020/05/08)

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 MAKING A photo-etched part is provided for wiring to the engine.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 MAKING The parts got dirty with instant glue. It looks like this when it is glued.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 MAKING The exhaust mufflers are blocked, so I made a hole lightly. It is a little hard because there are about 10.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTING I’ve almost finished painting the engine, so I’ll try to glue it.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTINGIt’s like this. It’s amazing that there is an emblem part.
(2020/05/11)

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 MAKING There were tire parts made of resin. This one seems to be better molded than the original injection tire parts.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 MAKING There are also two types of machine guns.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 MAKING 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.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 MAKING Now I’m making rockets and a fuel tank.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 MAKINGThe bomb was reproduced with very fine parts in the back. There are many small parts like this, so it takes time to assemble.

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.
(2020/05/13)

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 MAKING 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.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTING 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.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTING 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.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTING This is the part to be painted for now. And there is a propeller.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTINGThis F6F-5 is painted in a single color, so it has a color fading effect.

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.
(2020/05/16)

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTING I just have Creos US Naval aircraft standard color set so I painted C365 FS15042 gloss sea-blue.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTING The propeller is also being painted. I put white on the yellow part first to help the coloring.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTING The rockets are painted in two colors, gray and dark green, and they are painted separately with masking tape.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTING I think the decal white color with the Eduard kit is a bit lighter. Is it because I put it on a dark blue fuselage?

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 PAINTINGIt’s quite a dark body, so I’ll try to use the panel line with light gray inking. It’s hard to wipe it off if I do it too much.
(2020/05/19)

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK 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.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK Armed with six 12.7 mm Browning machine guns. Six guns are a quite strong firepower.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK 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.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK 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.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK 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.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK This time, all the colors of the fuselage are dark blue, so I tried to use light gray for the panel line emphasis.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK I think I did a little too much weathering around the tire, but it is good to know the tread pattern well.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK 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.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK It would have been better to be more glossy, but maybe a thick glossy blue coating and the gradations are disappeared. Ah, but it’s just a matter of using a clear coating.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK There was a fine decal on the rocket.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK 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.

HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORK HELLCAT F6F-5 EARLY TYPE EDUARD 1/48 FINISHED WORKWhen 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.
(2020/05/27)

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