Tuesday, May 7, 2013

1/48 Arii Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat Completed Pics

Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat

Finished building this 1/48 Arii Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat together with the 1/48 F4U-1A Corsair. By doing this I was able to save on some paint by painting the dark blue parts of this together. I wasn't disappointed with this build as I was looking for a simple relax build with a scale model kit without much parts.

Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat
Loved this kit because of the simplicity and the recessed panel lines. Not that I'm saying that complicated kits are tiresome to build, but rather I just wanted a quick build kit in this point in time.
Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat

I finished this in about a weeks time, but if I lump it all together, I think it would be about 3 days of continuous building. Factors that caused the delay were mainly paint availability and the rainy weather.

Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat

For the Navy Blue part (the dark part) I mixed 80% bosny tivoli blue with 20% bosny flat black. Paint was then applied by means of my trusty Badger 250-2 airbrush connected to an air tank. For the medium blue parts I used Pylox precaution blue, I don't see this color anymore in hardware stores so I'm assuming that Nippon paints already discontinued it. For the interior green parts I used Pylox Lazer Refrigerator Green. For the white parts I used Bosny white. To finish it off I coated it with some Bosny Dull Lacquer.

Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat

For the weathering, I used my wife's old eye shadow kit. Discovered this method when I was building the Revell 1/48 Hind. Sadly however, trying to use the white eye shadow to create weathering effects didn't quite go as expected. Lesson learned on this endeavor.

Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat

To recreate the radio antenna wires, I stretched out some old plastic sprues by means of this method.

Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat

After this kit I'll be working on the Revell 1/48 F-105G Thunderchief “Wild Weasel”, but I have say that working on the Corsair and this kit has left an itch in me that can only be scratched by building another World War II kit.

Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat


Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat

Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat

Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat

Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat

Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat

Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat

Arii 1/48 F6F-3 Hellcat