Scratch built 1/32 f6f-3 hellcat
I acquired some cockpit and wheel well photo’s, so I did my best to duplicate all of these items into this 1/32 scale model. I had to call upon my art talent to draw some logos that the pilot had someone paint on his airplane and/or apply decals.
((I wonder! Were there decals made during WW-II for Navy airplanes?)) Look at my last photo, which shows the “Bull & Cat” logos. The “Jap” kill marks came from one of my many spare decal sheet’s.
It’s been 20 year’s since I built this model and I once knew how many scratch-built parts I made for the cockpit & wheel wells, but now I don’t remember, so it’s up to your viewers to count all the parts and let me know.
The cockpit area was painted with a few Tamiya paint colors. I was informed that
the backing plate for the instrument panel was painted a bronze color so I had to mix some colors together to achieve a bronze looking color. The outside of the model was painted with Tamiya’s white on its’ bottom and I used their Navy Blue color on the top. The center light blue color was a standard light blue color made by Tamiya. The overall model was overcoated with Future, then I added the decals and over sprayed more Future with some dullcoat added. When I took the model to our IPMS/USA San Jose’s annual contest in 2000 I displayed the model on a mirror ’cause our club rule was: “Your model has to be finished as good on the bottom as it is on the top. I was our club’s “Contest Director & Head Judge” so I had to adhere to the rules too!
A week or so later my client sent his friend out from the Eastern part of U.S.A. to San Jose to pick up the “CAT.” A few week’s later I received a photo showing the model sitting in his dust proof show case. Wonderful end to a nice looking model. I never tried to scratch-build in a cockpit not the wheel wells into my 2 1/48 scale F6F-3 models.
Remember to count all the parts and let me hear from you.
31 additional images. Click to enlarge.