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Eduard 48th scale F6F Hellcat

Believe it or not, this was/is my very first attempt at the tri-color paint scheme – I never thought I could pull it off convincingly without using an airbrush. However, through some trial and error (and some practice), I managed to get this close to what it [coulda] looked like. It’s not 100% finished yet, but pretty darn close. I haven’t applied the nav lights yet nor the antenna wire. I also built two other 48th scale examples… a Hasegawa Dauntless and a Hobby Boss Wildcat in the same color(s). As soon as I get the canopies masked, I’ll be posting them as well.

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31 responses to Eduard 48th scale F6F Hellcat

  1. Love the hellcat Craig, nicely built, painted and weathered keep it up.

  2. You have a nice touch with your special techniques. Oddly, it seems strange to refer to basic brush work as special, in this age of airbrush applications, but if it works, it works.

    Nice Hellcat.

    • Thanks, Rob….but it’s not brushed – it’s sprayed from a rattle can using various methods of masking by common ‘products’ such as a piece of cloth or (in this case) a sponge-like section saved from some packing material. My method: spray the light [bottom] color – cover it up (leaving just a tad of white visible) – spray on the [middle] color – cover THAT up the same way and then spray the top coat. Takes a bit of “finagling” and doesn’t always turn out well, but it’s a whole lot easier than settin’ up multi-colors in the airbrush and then doin’ all that cleaning, disassembly, etc., etc.
      Call me lazy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I stand corrected as to the application technique, but even with rattle cans it’s a pretty hard-boiled approach compared to the usual of double action airbrush work. Again, nice work!

  4. You’ve obviously been busy, Craig, and practise seems to make perfect. You’ve got a very neat finish on this Hellcat, and good clear pictures from your photographic ‘booth’.

    • Thanks, George…if I DO discover any outta focus or otherwise blurry pics from the several I take, I always delete ’em prior to posting. No point in putting up photos that no one can make out clearly….even if they DO highlight all my mistakes. ๐Ÿ™
      My ‘booth’ is nothing more than 1/4″ thick sign boards that are white on one side. The flash on my Nikon CoolPix 8800 reflects the light sufficiently without using any additional lamps.
      My high-dollar Canon would/can take ‘better’ photos, but for my purposes, these work just fine. Thanks for the comment(s).

  5. Great results. I look forward to see the finishing touches.
    (I just happen to be about half way done with an F6F-5 myself).

  6. Craig, you are the rattlecan Master! Goodlooking Hellcat! Not a bad photographer, either. Renaissance Dude!

  7. The Rattlecan master strikes again. Well done Craig. You make it sound much easier than it is. Not everyone would be able to master this technique this effectively. Well done!!!

  8. Thats a great looking Hellcat, Craig. While its a success, i hope your Navy Tree color “department” will grow ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Nice looking Cat, I’ll have to try that rattle can technique myself as I use them a lot.

  10. Lovely work again Craig sir, a fine finish with the rattle cans again.
    Looks great Craig.
    Well done sir.

  11. Nice ‘cat Craig-those Hasegawa Hellcats build into great models. Clark

  12. fine looking hellcat

  13. It’s wonderfull, Craig

  14. I’ll echo the others: Rattlecan Master for sure. who else could do a tri-color scheme using spray bombs? Nice work – I think it came out great. but honestly, was all the masking easier than having to clean an a/b afterwards? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • No “masking” in the sense of the word, Paul…I simply placed a piece of foam material strategically across the fuselage and hit the nozzle with a quick pass or two. A ‘hard’ demarcation line would have been “masked” (and probably a lot easier).

  15. Craig,
    Looks good.

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