Eduard’s 1/48 FAA Hellcat Mk.II
Eduard's Weekend Edition Grumman Hellcat Mk.II finished in the markings of No.1844 Squadron FAA, based on the aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable stationed off Okinawa around April 1945 & piloted by Sub Lt. W.M.C. Foster.
Completed back in January 2017, what's to say about the Eduard kit that hasn't already been said... It is a quality kit, and a very easy & straightforward build.
I tried to keep it as close to out of the box as I could. Some aftermarket bits were eventually used namely the drop tank harness pinched from Eduard's Profi-Pack F4F-3 which was in my stash as well as the ignition harness.
On the subject of the ignition harness my advice is don't bother with the photo-etch part and use fuse wire instead. It's more 3D and less prone to breaking.
An Eduard photo-etch seat harness was also used as well as some hollow brass tubes for the guns and other than that it was pretty much it for the aftermarket.
Paints used were from Mr. Color as spec'd on the instruction sheet.
It was also my first go at lacquer based acrylics.
The paints are excellent from a quality standpoint and I'm now a convert.
You do however have to be sensible in handling the paints from health & safety point of view ...& you really don't want to be breathing this stuff in whilst you spray. Wear a suitable respirator!
So, great kit, very enjoyable build what's more to say?
Thanks for looking.