Hellcat F6F-5 1/48
This Grumman Hellcat F6F-5 early is my first Eduard kit, a « profipack » which includes ectched-parts (cockpit, engine, external parts), Kabuki masks, and two well detailed Brassin wheels. I've chosen to present a bare engine model, so bought the optional (and expensive) Brassin R-2800 Pratt&Whitney resin kit.
This Eduard kit is fun and parts fit well, a real scale modelling pleasure. It's not the case with Brassin engine, which needs boring adjustments and specific tools, as suitable saw to cut parts from sprue. Necessary use of cyanocrylate glue, because usual plastic cement doesn't work with resin. "Scratch" parts with pierced Evergreen plastic strips were used to represent frame parts around engine.
I used Gunze Sangyo (Mr Hobby) paints : H54 blue an H58 for cockpit green. Panels were lightend with a mix of H54 and H306 grey. Panel lines were enhanced with white/grey oil paint, thinned with white spirit.
This version is plane of Ray Hawkings, from aircraft-carrier USS Cabot. Only reason of this choice (« Minsi » of ace Mc Campbell is much known) : silver wheels aspect is more attractive to me then dark blue ones. But i had to paint white strips on tail with tape masks, not provided with decals.