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one for my bucket list…always wanted to build one of these…Al Vraciu…like cashew with a V
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Craig Abrahamson said on November 28, 2016
Looks really good, Bob… nice job, my friend. Otaki still sellin’ kits (don’t recall seein’ ’em around much – ‘course, I’ve never actually looked for ’em).
bob mack said on November 28, 2016
thank you Craig…they are around
Bill Koppos said on November 28, 2016
Model shows, Craig, model shows. Usually see a bunch of ’em, Arii, Otaki and I think other names too. The BEST thing is they usually can be found going for 5 or 6 bucks. That ‘ol 109G they did is not bad at all.
Bernard E. Hackett, Jr. said on November 28, 2016
Last time I saw one of their line of kits, Arii had the molds. Airfix released a couple under their label, too.
Just a great kit, if you come across one.
thank you Bernie
Dan DeSilva said on November 28, 2016
a decent kit- poor cockpit, but use a TD one for it if you want to dress up the “office”. An engine front is a nice upgrade too. I have always thought they were first with a 1/48 hellcat and in my estimation, they got the “chin grin” right on the first try- despite all the arguments in recent years about the look of Hellcat kit cowls!
Nice build and nice presentation Bob!
yes of course there was the monogram with no wheel wells or pit excetra…the chin looks great…Eduard is the best imho…not my finest effort i see under the big digital microscope…better in person
Jim Sullivan said on November 28, 2016
Looks good Bob, that old Otaki kit was pretty much state of the art when it was first released. The 1/48th Hasegawa builds up nicely too. Thanks for sharing the photos.
oh yes…remember the master pieces Bob Steinbrunn made out of them…of course he spent 1,000 hours on them…something about the spine bothers me…the way it drops off…thank you
Helluva Cat Bob. Like the deck set-up too. Fine Modeling.
thank you Bill…i’m amazed…good to hear from you
Tom Bebout said on November 28, 2016
Nice looking cat Bob, not familiar with that kit but it appears to build up quite well. Working on a 1/48 Hasegawa -3 cat now. Hopefully i’ll finish her shortly.
amen Tom…i can’t wait…thank you
Robert Royes said on November 28, 2016
Great looking Grumman!
thank you Bob…your wonderful
Louis Gardner said on November 28, 2016
Fine job on the Cat !!!!!
Louis i appreciate that so much…thank you sir
Gary Brantley said on November 28, 2016
Man, Bob, that’s a really nice Hellcat, and a great old classic. My only Hellcat is the ancient Monogram 1/48. I think it was the third or fourth ‘plane I built back in the late ’80s, after I “came back” to scale models.
That bird of yours looks great on that deck, great paint job too. 🙂
thank you Gary…would love to see that monogram brother
Gary Brantley said on November 30, 2016
You’re welcome Bob! Well, you asked for it; I dug that Hellcat out of the display and took some quick pics in my study. I haven’t downloaded them yet. If I’m not too embarrassed by them, I’ll post a new article. Best regards, Gary
Bernard E. Hackett, Jr. said on November 30, 2016
Gary, you going to go out to the airport? I LOVE those!
Talk about the Monogram, ever see the old Lindberg? That’s earlier, still! Real basic. But it has neat bombs!
Drew Tarter said on November 28, 2016
Great work on your Hellcat, Bob. As your build proves, with a little care the old Arii F6F can still be built into a fine model. I have an Arii Hellcat on my shelf right now.
Drew…i’m sure you can blow this away…and please do sir…please do
Rob Pollock said on November 29, 2016
Great presentation, Bob.
bob mack said on November 29, 2016
thank you Rob…keep up your excellent themes
Bernd Müller said on November 29, 2016
Lovely Hellcat, Bob ! And very well presented on that carrier deck.
thank you Bernd…great to hear from you…
Simon Whitney said on November 29, 2016
Lovely build Bob, like the add -on`s IE the ground equipment`.
thank you Si…the equipment came from the accurate miniatures accessory set
Greg Kittinger said on November 29, 2016
Very nice – and nice display (as others have mentioned). Love the Hellcat – want to do one with the grimacing face on it…
bob mack said on December 1, 2016
thank you Greg…i love the cat face on the dark blue one…Princeton
Thomas Sweeney said on November 29, 2016
Great looking Cat Did you make the deck it looks good
thank you Tom…the deck is a verlinden paper deck
Tom Cleaver said on December 1, 2016
Alex would approve. That kit is very under-rated, but with the TD cockpit and Falcon canopy, it’s a winner, as you have demonstrated.
If you’re interested, there’s a way to save models from the dust bunnies without breaking things off: get two empty spray bottles, Fill both with tap water. Pour some dish soap in one, don’t shake it up. Spray with the soapy water to wash things off, then rinse with the other to get rid of soap residue. Allow to air dry. Model looks like it did the day it came off the work table. No antennas, pitot tubes or anything else missing.
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