HB 1/48th F6F-3 Hellcat
Having nothing to build of late, my eagerness to complete this kit produced my [usual] “hurry up-ness” mistakes here and there – hopefully, some creative photography hid them from those ‘prying eyes’. 🙂
This is the Hobby Boss offering and not having a lot of experience with HB, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and fit. The kit offered a wing-fold option, so I went for it. I had to paw through the spares box for the guns, as they were absent from the sprues (I checked twice). The antenna wire is EZ line (love that stuff).
I attempted (poorly, I might add) to create a worn/weathered look to the upper surface of the wings by purposely NOT spraying a complete coverage. Doc O’Brien’s weathering powders were added later – love THAT stuff, too.
I was gonna use the national insignia with the red outline(s) around the star, but discovered that, for some unknown reason, they were to be applied BEFORE the rockets – which I failed to notice on the color plate HB included. The ones I DID use were shown to be further outboard on the wing, so……
Much of the stenciling on the decal sheet, also quite extensive, were black and probably wouldn’t be very visible, so I didn’t use many of ’em. Speaking of not visible, also included in the build was an Ultra-cast seat and Eduard PE – really makes a difference!
Overall, I’m satisfied with the end result and it looks right at home on the WWII naval aviation shelf.
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