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David Kopielski
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The 1/48 Eduard F6F-5N Nightfighter with Illumination is finished.

July 4, 2020 · in Aviation · · 14 · 1.8K

This build is the 1/48 -5N Nightfighter. This is Eduard's “Weekend Edition” so it comes with some resin detail accessories like radar pod, gun barrels, exhaust pipes, and under wing antenna. I also added Eduard's photo etch cockpit detail set. I used the decals for VF(N)-90 that was aboard the USS Enterprise in 1945. This scheme is one of the scheme's that comes in the kit. It is mounted on a Eureka XXL resin base that looks like the Enterprise flight deck. I used five LED's and about 3 feet of fiber optic lines to illuminate The fuselage and the instrument panel.

You can see the details of this interesting build in the build log section

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  1. That leading photo is really cool looking! Think you did a good job not overdoing it, many pull watts so it shines like a light house. I do like the subtle but noticeable effect even in daylight. The marking option is a nice one. Well done

  2. Nice! I liked that kit too.

  3. Well done, David! And some cockpit instruments, too!

  4. Very nice build and light engineering David! Kudos!

  5. Beautiful, David @davids_models
    I really like the illumination, nice and subtle.
    Well done.

  6. The first photo is just like the real thing, fools the eye easily. I have to say your build inspires me to try using led lights sometime soon. Fantastic work!

  7. Great leading photo and very tidy build. I have done this kit and enjoyed the experience.

  8. David, @davids_models
    Your night fighting Hellcat looks fantastic...and the lights add a lot of realism to the build. I have been around a full sized Hellcat as it was being restored, and yours could stand in for it easily with the dusk pictures...

    Ironically I watched an episode a few nights ago of the TV series called "Dogfights" that had some of these night fighting F6F's on the air. Yours turned out very well... Someday I might try to do this to a larger 1/32 scale Hasegawa F6F that I have in the stash... I started the scratch built wing fold and have collected some nice Lone Star resin parts for it... Your article and the build journal will be used extensively when the time comes to finish it up.

    Thank you for sharing this with us.


  9. Fantastic job here David. The opening photo looks 100% real. Love it.

  10. Hi David!
    This is a fantastic job, so innovative!
    I am glad I followed it from thr start!
    Well done!

  11. The night pic is very good. I wish I could take photos like that.

  12. A great-looking night Cat! Well done.

  13. You're photography is SO good. Love your builds.

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