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HB 1/48th F6F-3 Hellcat

December 9, 2014 in Aviation

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’. ๐Ÿ™‚
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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36 responses to HB 1/48th F6F-3 Hellcat

  1. Just have to love Grumman’s propcats for their killer looks. You captured it well Craig. Well done. Another stunning build.

  2. Those Hellcat`s are big, even with there wings folded Craig.
    Nicely done mate, and also less room taken on the shelf.

  3. Nice folded wings build….the Hellcat was a fine bird and you captured it nicely.

  4. Thinking of this on a carrier deck with a few crew standing round looking at flight maps (I think there’s a set). Nice job.

  5. By the way, it was brought to my attention that I’ve got the stars and bars reversed on the wings. See? That’s what I get for hurryin’ again! At least this is an easy fix.

  6. ah…that sucks…fairly easy fix`but she looks delicate

  7. Sharp Hellcat Craig. Maybe you should do the full Cat line up. You probably already have a couple more done.

    • Thanks, Al….actually, all I have are 3 Wildcats and another Hellcat built (all 48th scale). If I did the whole “lineup”, there are things that would have to go. Come to think of it, there are probably a few old builds that NEED to go – ๐Ÿ™

  8. Nice Hellcat Craig. I was just introduced to EZ Wire in November at the local HobbyTown contest. It is some amazing stuff. You can actually clean your models without the fear of ripping your rigging/antennas off. You should include one photo showing how much it stretches for those who’ve never seen it! I can’t wait to try it for myself!

    • Yes, Josh….it is very ‘elastic”, but would be difficult to show its’ properties without using a video. I know you’ll find it easy to apply and very useful for rigging/antennas.

  9. Now that really looks the part Craig! Great modeling, and nice weathering underneath. Good stuff!
    California Steve

  10. another nice one Craig – if you hadn’t mentioned the star and bar wing reversal, I don’t think I would have even noticed it! it helps having those wings folded ๐Ÿ™‚ looks great!

  11. Very nice build Craig. Congratulations on a job well done. Clark

  12. Looks good! I’m always impressed with the folks who do the wing fold option as it looks complicated.

    • This was about as UN-complicated as I’ve seen. You either put the straight piece into the already-assembled wing section or the angled piece. Slide ’em in and done – no glue – theoretically, you could go back-and-forth with your display method (I can’t, because I glued the angled pieces in).

  13. Great looking Hellcat, Craig ! The folded wings are a very nice touch
    ( will do a whole AG in 1/700 for the Essex)
    Well done, incl. the artistic license ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Nice work Craig. Could you tell me where you get the EZ line from, I’m unfamiliar with it, thanks.

    • I got mine way back when at Bobe’s Hobby Shop in Pensacola.
      Got two different thicknesses – there’s enough on the card to last a l-o-n-g time. I’m sure there’s other places to order it, but I haven’t had to get any more in quite a while. Makes for quick, easy and realistic antenna wire/rigging.

  15. Well done Craig! Maybe your nicest build yet to my old eyes sir!!

  16. Nice job Craig. Like the folded wings.

  17. Great photography, as always, Craig, it really shows off your modelling skills, the pictures are very sharp, but I still can’t see the mistakes!

    • That’s why I don’t take really CLOSE close-up’s, George…but at least they ARE in focus and exposed correctly. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I could break out the high-dollar Canon instead of the Nikon, but it involves more [procedures] to upload to the computer.

      Besides, then you could REALLY see wherein lie the “errors” and who needs that?

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