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George Chatzidakis
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Eduard’s 1/48 Hellcat Mk.II

March 15, 2019 · in Aviation · · 25 · 2.8K

Hi everybody, first post here with 's in .

Improvements were made to the rear landing leg, the machine gun barrels (hypodermic needle), the rocket cables and the exhaust. I also widened the wheels with plastic sheet as I read that they are narrow in the kit.

I intented to use this model mainly as a testbed for painting and weathering experimentation but it turned out to be one my best efforts...

The steps I followed for the external painting and finish were:

White vallejo primer where necessary, masked and the primed with black.
Sprayed chipping fluid
Intermediate blue
Post shading and fading in various panels
Weathering with oils (burnt umber, ochre, black)
Gunze gloss varnish, decals, then varnish again
Exhaust and weapons stains
Pin wash with oils
Windsor & Newton Matt Varnish
Various fuel leaks, oil stains
Tonal differences with dry pastel
Scratches with silver and gray pencil

The antenna was done with EZ line.

Hope you like it!

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25 responses

  1. Very nice. Welcome to the forum

  2. Wow, that's a beauty George. Welcome.

  3. Very well done! Nice photos, too!

  4. Very nice Job George ?.

  5. Nicely done George, and welcome to iModeler.

  6. Excellent work, and welcome to the site. You will like it here... I'll be looking forward to seeing more of your builds.

    I pressed the "like" button too !

  7. George, Welcome to imodeler !, I really like these Royal Navy schemes, especially when they are done this nice !

  8. Allow me to add my "welcome aboard" and congratulate you on an outstanding build and presentation, sir.

  9. Welcome and WOW! Incredible, museum-quality work!

  10. Beautiful kit George! Beautiful weathering . I am trying to finish mine...

  11. Beautifully presented ‘Cat. Lots of subtle but important details, to me the key of making something look ‘real’ - kudos, George.


  12. Sharp looking Hellcat!

  13. Very, very nice. Enviable paint work.

  14. Simply splendid job George!

  15. What a fantastic Hellcat, everything in it looks the part. Solid build with a splendid paint & wear and tear detail. I am genuinely impressed by your skills

  16. This is a masterpiece! Also the photos/presentation is so professional! Congratulations!

  17. Great Hellcat! That's one of my favorite kits.

  18. Thanks everyone for your kind words and warm welcome. Glad to be amongst you.

  19. That's gorgeous! Welcome aboard.

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