Here are some pictures of todays work.
Four fuselages are now buttoned up.
If you look close, you will notice an extra engine and cowling that came from the spare parts bin. These items were left over from a previous build and these kit parts were replaced with resin upgrades. I decided to go ahead and get these parts ready for a future Hellcat build. By having these extra parts ready to go, the next Hellcat build following this set of four should go together really quickly.
This photo shows two of the five wing assemblies I build up and four elevator / stabilizer sets.
Here’s the remaining three wings. I had to putty in several panel lines on the lower side of the wings on the “Dash – 5” versions, as those lines were not present. Then the Blue Angel, Target Tow and the Drones all had the armament removed. So the shell casing and link ejector ports and gun openings in the leading edge were also puttied over after I glued in some plastic card stock as a backing.
This shows a close up of the cowlings after another panel line was filled in and sanded. Here you can see the filler primer gray paint. It still needs to be wet sanded with 2000 grit paper……………….
Here are 5 propellers, ready for paint…………… The seams and sprue attachment points have been taken care of.
The engines are ready for installation now………. A light wash was given to bring out the molded in details. These should be presentable once installed since most of the details are covered with the cowling.
Here are a few of the props after I sprayed the tips in white as a base for the following yellow. This makes a nice surface and helps the yellow to pop.
In this photo you can see the remaining 3 wings that have been filled in. The 5 props have also had the tips painted white. Now its a waiting game for the putty to dry before sanding on the wings……………..
Here are the remaining three elevator / stabilizer assemblies. One set has already been installed on a fuselage.
This last picture shows the fuselage with the tail feathers glued in place. All of the seams have been sanded and smoothed except for the ones ahead of the cockpit. That will get done next.
Overall it was a very productive day at the “Iron Works” or as Bernard called it, “The modelers Bethpage”.
I’m calling it a day……………