Airfix A19004 Grumman F6-F5 Hellcat

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Airfix A19004 Grumman F6-F5 Hellcat

Airfix A19004 Grumman F6-F5 Hellcat

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Not every kit becomes a museum piece seen by thousands but, for the modeler and their family its good enough. As detailed as this information may be, it is not available in a format which can be used by the CNC milling machines which will eventually be used to produce the model tooling blocks themselves and must be converted using more clever software and lots of design experience. I don't lay claim to any special insight, but I think Airfix made a strategic decision long ago to stay out of 32nd scale, preferring instead to differentiate itself with 1/24th scale offerings. I found the fit of the front bulkhead to be a bit vague, worrisome given the wealth of detail that will rely on good alignment and placement.

I'll post in installments so hopefully no one will get too bored reading it all in one chunk then I'll post the RFI pictures at the end. The surface texture is quite rough so a good sanding with Tamiya sanding sponges (or similar) will go a long way - I did not quite sand enough . The exhaust pipes go on very easily as long as you mark them up when they come off the sprues, otherwise it's a happy half hour mixing and matching.

Antenna base extension and insulator was made from wire insulation, while side connection to fuselage is a 90 degree ANYZ connector that was drilled out and attached with a pin. Hellcat ‘White 7’ had 167 holes in its fuselage, damage so significant that the aircraft was almost immediately pushed over the side of the carrier to a watery grave, a sad end for an aircraft which had served its pilot so well.

The rather aggressive scheme carried by F6F-5 Hellcat ‘White 7’, which was selected by Paramjit for his second Hellcat build, is a VF-27 aircraft, which made a significant contribution during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 24th October 1944. B.Speak, as you will see from the reference photo, it came to grief on the flight deck (take a close look at the front of the engine, pilot fine.

Maintaining their proven design philosophy and building on the many impressive qualities of the Wildcat, the new F6F Hellcat design made use of the very best existing aviation technologies, intentionally not waiting to incorporate all the latest innovations which would delay its service introduction, but combining the best existing technology with world leading mass production quality control. In fact, this pic gives loads of wiring and pipework I hadn't seen which, with some other photos should mean i can get most of the important wires pipes and other gubbins needed and which Airfix don't include.

This is the fantastic Airfix Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat - the obligatory box art shot (Airfix currently has the best box art IMHO). A committed modeller himself, when Paramjit is not helping to design future Airfix kits, he likes to spend his free time modelling and has impressed everyone at the company with the incredible standard of his modelling talent. In between tearing my non existent hair out I also managed to get the prop about done today as well. This was actually a completely redesigned aircraft in every respect, from its massive new engine to the rugged, wide-track undercarriage which made deck handling much more assured than with its predecessor – significantly, the Hellcat was 60% heavier than the Wildcat and a true fighting thoroughbred.

So that’s it for this build and the only dilemma I have now is where the heck I’m going to place this big pig in my modeling room!

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