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Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat information thread

PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:17 am
by snapdragon
As both Morris and myself has jumped at the opportunity to get Airfix's newest beast in 1/24, I have started this thread so that those of you considering this can see the information that I gather to supplement the build and provide extra detailing, colour etc.

With most kits (especially airfix colour call outs you come across something which just strikes you as odd or not quite right and so it is to the original aircraft survivors we must look. I have put this in the mess section so anyone who may come across something relating to the Hellcat (FAA - Hellcat II) such as extra detail parts, colour schemes. squadrons etc can join in and post their findings.

Particularly interesting for a 3 tone Hellcat

https://www.net-maquettes.com/pictures/grumman-f6f-hellcat-walk/

http://www.grubbyfingersshop.com/walkaround_galleries/Grumman_F6F-5_Hellcat_NX4964W_Palm_Springs_Walkaround/content/index.html

https://www.cybermodeler.com/aircraft/f6f/f6f-5_walk.shtml

This is probably my first build colour profile

https://www.cybermodeler.com/aircraft/f6f/f6f_profile3.shtml


As I have been looking through the building book, something strange hit me with colour call outs while building the gun bays ammunition box and feed as bright red and yellow was called out for the feed covers. I thought that this could be a mistake until I came up with this

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This solved my issues with that colour call out. Just have to think how to do it and which shade of red to use! I don't have confirmation, but I strongly suspect that the FAA Hellcat would be the same


Anybody got other stuff?

Re: Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat information thread

PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:16 am
by Mark
Moved to the Traditional aircraft models thread.

Re: Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat information thread

PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:46 am
by Morris
Awesome, James - I will start rummaging too :D

Re: Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat information thread

PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:52 am
by Morris
Cool and Hellcat pic heavy article here -
http://www.thescale.info/news/publish/H ... otos.shtml

Re: Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat information thread

PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:46 pm
by snapdragon
As I look through the manual I start thinking about how to deal with the engine cowling and the possibility of making the panels removeable but able to stay in place.

My initial thought is to use magnets but I also need to try and conceal them as much as possible and try and make them look like part of the framework and mounts.

I have, in the past had a go with some very small round 2x1 magnets but I was also wondering if maybe square or bar magnets would be better. I don't seem at this moment to be doing well in tracking down small bar stuff.

Does anyone out there have thoughts or ideas?


James

Re: Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat information thread

PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:33 pm
by Morris
I was watching Flying Leathernecks - I think the Hellcats used to 'play' the Wildcats at Guadlecanal are dash 5's.