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Hobbycraft F6A D-Day - Close to primer!

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No primer yet, still have a few little issues to fix, like there are a few spots where the panel lines were “oops’d” on to the next panel, and I guess they just left the molds unrepaired. I also have to figure out what to do with the canopy, it does not fit over the back of the fuselage, just on the cockpit. I may have to end up gluing it in place, or just leaving it removable. Not sure if I can modify it to be a little thinner. I also need to go back and figure out how to remove a seam line from the tail gear, as it glued in the fuselage now.

 

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No primer yet, I spent a couple days running the riveter all over the model, with the exception of the upper wings, as I believe these were putty’d on these refurbished F6A. I have some concerns on the panel lines on the sides of the fuselage, but as I did research, I found that the British Mk.1a had different panel lines that the US early war versions, so I went with it. I also spent some time fixing the missing prop shaft (because I thought it was a sprue gate, I clipped it and sanded flat), I rebuilt it using plastic and brass, and drilling to get them tight. 

 

I next spent some time trying to find a proper mix for late Army Olive Drab, I’m still deciding on the three. At the time of D-day invasions, these aircraft were pretty fresh and clean, so chipping will be very minimal.

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I think I decided on the middle green and the lighter neutral gray. I also did some testing on mixing an insignia white and lt gull gray. After a few tests, I came up with some colors I like. I really have to write these down some day.

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For the seam line, maybe try a small chisel like the one from Mission Models? I have some from Wave that are fairly thin in size.

As for the canopy, Squadron I believe make a vac Malcolm hood for the Revell P-51B. Maybe you could use that instead of the kit one?

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It’s been a slow progress week, just didn’t feel the energy to work on it until today. But I did get back on on it today, I spent the day working on checking the seams, then finish mounting the camera gear, fit and glued the clear parts, and did some work on the wing lights. That was a bit of a challenge because Hobbycraft didn’t include any, I ended up making something out of styrene rod and a Molotow pen. Ignore the gun ports, there is no detail because they will be covered with tape on the finished model.

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