Grumman's 10,000th Hellcat

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Grumman's 10,000th Hellcat

Postby ajmm » Mon Jun 11, 2018 22:19

A quick build. When I plundered the Bandai Hellcat box for rockets for my (ultimately abortive) efforts to make Hunter 3" rockets, I felt afterwards that it was only polite to actually build up the Hellcat.

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Anyone who has seen one of my posts before know I'm quite fond of doing things in pairs or groups for the shelf. I built Lockheed's 5,000th Lightning (Yippee) earlier this year so when I found decals for this 10,000th Hellcat from LF Model Decals it was a pretty obvious choice…

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I repainted the kit in its entirety. I had to sort some nasty seams on the top surfaces. Otherwise it's a nice kit - obviously not as nice as the Platz job, but well above the F-Toys Hellcat and a different league from the old Revell job.

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I sprayed with Hataka paints - I really like these. I then rather cunningly used a sharpened toothpick to scratch off the recently sprayed Dark Sea Blue to show the Bandai printed stencil data underneath. Quite pleased with that. I did minimal weathering (I still feel I overdid it on the P-38) - just some light exhaust stains. Photos show this was pretty clean.

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LF Decals - has anyone else used them? Boy did I have trouble with them. I generally think I'm pretty handy with aftermarket garage decals and don't tend to have problems with most. I usually score the single sheet before cutting out individual decals, but despite using a brand new sharp scalpel I failed to but through the very elasticated carrier film on these - meaning they became a nightmare to put on - all the decals clinging together. I also had some silvering problems to deal with and they didn't really respond too well to setting solutions.

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BUT. I'm pretty happy with the results. I think I know what to do next time (cut the decals out entirely and close to the artwork).

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The 10,000th Hellcat was delivered to Bombing Fighter Squadron VBF-87 on USS Ticonderoga in June 1945. 10000 is a remarkable number really, given that the Hellcat only entered production in 1942, so you're effectively looking at three years' worth.

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Monthly production peaked at 600 in March 1945, 20-odd per day. Extraordinary, really. And nothing compared to some production rate stats, for instance for the B-24.

Anyway - quick build, and I won't go on. Here it is with my next USN project - any guesses what it is?!

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Thanks for looking.
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Re: Grumman's 10,000th Hellcat

Postby F_IV » Mon Jun 11, 2018 23:41

Looking good! Though to be honest, based on your output I was half expecting it to be your 10,000th Hellcat :lol:
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Re: Grumman's 10,000th Hellcat

Postby donalyah00 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:08

BTD Destroyer? ;)

Hellcat looks really good - could you share some more info about this Bandai offering please? Is is a Gashapon or a regular kit?

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Re: Grumman's 10,000th Hellcat

Postby ajmm » Tue Jun 12, 2018 19:37

Thanks F_IV! I have four Hellcats built so far, but thank you. :D

Marek - thanks! Yes it’s a Gashopon and quite hard to find now. I managed to pick up four on eBay for a very good price. It’s a nice kit when you strip it back (nothing glued together out of the box). Some filler needed on the forward edge of the windscreen and I filled in the wing holes for the rockets and centreline fuel tank. The panel lines are quite deep but I’ll take that - I’m preserving my precious Platz hellcats with their very fine panel detail for lighter colour schemes, the dark blue hides the panel lines well to the naked eye. It’s very nice really. If you can find one, grab it!

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Ps yes that’s a BTD Destroyer, or rather the two seater XSB2D-1 that immediately preceded it. Very niche!
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Re: Grumman's 10,000th Hellcat

Postby Mig88 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 19:55

Once again, a great job Angus. Very nicely done and finished.

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Re: Grumman's 10,000th Hellcat

Postby Mark_W » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:15

Great work!

Aerial looks very fine - what did you use for this?

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Re: Grumman's 10,000th Hellcat

Postby ph-adk » Wed Jun 13, 2018 20:27

F_IV wrote: I was half expecting it to be your 10,000th Hellcat : lol:


Ha, me too :lol:

Great looking model as always. Cheers
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Re: Grumman's 10,000th Hellcat

Postby smeg1959 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:33

With Angus's output, 10,000 is probably an underestimation. ;)

A very nice completion to go with Yippee. And it's now got me browsing through the 100-odd LF Models' decal catalogue, so my wallet curses you. :oops:
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Re: Grumman's 10,000th Hellcat

Postby Tom's » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:31

smeg1959 wrote:With Angus's output, 10,000 is probably an underestimation. ;)

Just considering the last decade... :mrgreen:

Really nice Hellcat. ;)
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Re: Grumman's 10,000th Hellcat

Postby ajmm » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:54

Ha! Thanks guys. Alas probably quantity over quality with my output (as other peoples builds on this forum constantly remind me).
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