F6F-5N 1/48 scale Eduard
May 8, 2015 in Aviation
This particular aircraft operated off the USS Enterprise, and is photographed on the deck with flames creeping up upon it from a nearby Kamikaze hit. The aircraft did survive the near scorching and was seen in operations after.
The Eduard N version Hellcat profi-pak is just the right model. I won’t go into a full review, but this was the first of two I built, this one went together without any problems. The other did have some problems, some self inflicted.
Rather than using decals, I choose to use mask from “Miracle Mask”, I was able to contact Mal and sent him a copy of the decal sheet from the kit. He then custom made the mask for this version. The mask worked great, I had never used them before but was extremely pleased with the result.
The challenge here is to make an overall blue airplane that operated off a ship look interesting without looking like it was land based. So I had to resist dirt and chipping as much as possible, and still give it a well used look. So I added a little panel line enhancement and a good Hellcat exhaust stain. I dulled the overall finish just a little, some panels were dulled a little more for effect, but again resisted doing do much.
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