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Grumman Hellcat F6F-5N, Hasegawa 1/48

Classic model from Hasegawa. Have tried to use an old resin kit for the cockpit but it was a terrific fail πŸ˜› I finally used the original part from the kit.

I used for the first time paint from MIG Ammo. I had some issue with the Navy Blue color from their US NAVY WWII Air set. The color was much too dark, almost black. So I adjusted the ton with a thinned Tamiya white to get finally a more realistic color (I guess). The other problem I got with MIG paints was the long long long drying time compare to Tamiya or AK colors.

I also used the medium chipping liquide from MIG to wear the leading edge of the wings. I got an interesting effect but I adjusted with some oil paints to get something a bit more natural.
The bought this kit more than 10 years ago and the decals became a bit brittle. I managed it with a lot of patience and with a lot of softener πŸ˜‰

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13 responses to Grumman Hellcat F6F-5N, Hasegawa 1/48

  1. Absolutely STUNNING. Looks very realistic!!! Well done!!!

  2. I share Morne’s view: Stunning work on the weathering there, you’d almost think it’s 1:32 Scale. Kudos!

  3. Nice looking Cat Alex. Well done.

  4. Really convincing – you pack a lot of scale into a small size. Inspiring stuff.

  5. Alex,
    I like what you’ve done with the leading edge of the wing. The wear and tear of blue paint has exposed the primer. Making a mono-colored dark blue aircraft look interesting is a hard thing to do. Even finding that color on the shelf …can be a hard thing to do and the interpretation of blue can be subjective. You’ve managed to pull it off and make the kit look like a Cat. Not some flat colored life less Toy for a kid to play with.

    Two thumbs up.

  6. Very cool, it reminds me I still have one F-3 from Hasegawa in the stash.

  7. One well done ‘Cat!

  8. Very nice build. Knowing that kit has some shortcomings, this Cat turned out great.

  9. πŸ™‚ … Greetings … πŸ™‚ :
    Nice eye catcher Alex, very good rendition of a HELLCAT. Very convincing work on the weathering and nice work on the leading edges. The photography is very well done and really compliments it. Surely a work to be proud of.

  10. Superb build Alex! Looks fantastic.

  11. Many thanks for all your encouraging comments, much appreciated.
    A nice one will come soon and will post this weekend a article about an excellent product I found in the UK!!
    A bientΓ΄t πŸ™‚

  12. Like this a lot, Alex. Fabulous weathering that looks very genuine.

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