Patrick Hagelstein Welcome Łukasz! As mentioned this is just to show what can be done with a simple kit and minimal supplies to draw in some hesitant starters in this great hobby. After the club competition the winning model will be put in a display with the comments on how easy (and cheap) it was to come up with a nice model for somebody's desk or bookshelf.
10. July 2019, 14:08
Łukasz Gliński Cool idea, you have my support Those HB and new Airfix kits are great for such quick projects.
10. July 2019, 18:14
Patrick Hagelstein Indeed they are! I'm quite pleased by the high quality combined with ease of building.
Andy Ball Yep, we've all been there with the spray cans.....great salvage job, (seems there's a few Hellcats on here at 72nd, must be the time of year) !!
13. August 2019, 06:22
Patrick Hagelstein I already started an Eduard Hellcat when this club challenge/competition came along to build a model as a youngster would do with his/her first kit to have kids drawn into the hobby. After a quick search and looking at the one color paint scheme, a(another) Hellcat was my build of choice!
13. August 2019, 12:56
Slavo Hazucha It´s a hell of a cat already, I´m curious where this journey will go
13. August 2019, 13:05
Patrick Hagelstein Not as deep as on the Corsair as I'm limiting myself to the tools and paints I can use on this build. I'll work with what's in the box in that first (second) picture. Only that I swapped out the Testers spray can for a Tamiya one.
Mark Norfolk What a difference the spray cans made! Does oven cleaner work on anything or just Testors? Looking v smart Patrick.
13. August 2019, 19:45
Patrick Hagelstein I remember using it on Tamiya spray paint back home and it worked a charm there too. Back then I sprayed the oven cleaner on the whole model and put it in a container. This time I needed to be a bit more precise, that's why I sprayed it in a little jar and brushed from that.
Brian Y This project came out nicely!. I'd like to see more detail about your canopy masking method. The photo showing the raw masking tape was impressive.
31. August 2019, 01:13
Patrick Hagelstein Hi Brian! Glad you like it! I took it to my modeling club yesterday and put it in the display cabinet over there before I could take some pictures of the finished build. I'll take some more pictures over there next Friday.
31. August 2019, 23:50
Patrick Hagelstein With a well defined canopy frame, masking is actually quite easy. Cut a piece of Tamiya tape just a tad bigger than the window pane and line one side up to the edge of the frame. Burnish the rest down and hold the canopy into the light. With a fresh and sharp blade lightly trace the frame and make one clean cut per side. You'll see that the tape pulls off fine and leaves the window pane covered. Just burnish it down to be sure and spray ahead in light coats.
31. August 2019, 23:55
Brian Y I never trust my blade handling skills (or the sharpness of the edge) to make that single cut on clear plastic. I know I've tried it before. It makes my skin crinkle just thinking of it, now.
8. February, 13:06
Patrick Hagelstein Hi Brian, it's all in being light handed. If you use a new blade, you'll see that you don't need to exert a lot of force. The weight of the blade is enough to slice through Tamiya tape. As long as the frame is well defined and as long as you check your cut against a strong light, you'll see that the blade will just line up against the frame without 'hacking' into the clear plastic. Just practice a bit on an old/unused part until you feel comfortable.
8. February, 21:16
OttovonLindberg How'd you fit the canopy on? I had big gaps on the back with mine. Is there a whole to put the slots of the canopy in? Do you cut them off?
1. March, 03:44
Patrick Hagelstein Hi Otto, if memory serves me right (the finished kit sits in a display cabinet in my local hobby shop), I shaved off some of the protrusions at the bottom to make the canopy sit flush on the rails. There are slots, but it is easier to remove the tabs than deepen those slots.
Patrick Hagelstein The concept of this build, was to show new modelers and kids what can be achieved with a 'simple' kit and basic tools. The paints and tools I used are pictured in the first picture of the album. Along the way I had to change my Testors Gloss Sea Blue for Tamiya's version, because the Testors spray paint came out in large uncontrollable bursts. Tamiya performed waaaaay better.
Patrick Hagelstein In picture 51 you can see the Flat coat I used after decalling. The decals went on fine without the need of a gloss coat.
9. March, 17:18
OttovonLindberg My decals were extremely thin and the us stars folded over themselves, ruining my build. Did you have this issue? Any suggestions on what to do so this doesn't happen in the future?
17. March, 23:18
Patrick Hagelstein Hi Otto! I remember my decals being thin but a bit on the stiff side. It took some persuading to get them to conform to all rivets and panel lines. If a decal folds up on itself, try to take it off the model using tweezers and dip it in the water again. That way you can handle the decal without too much damage. Be sure to not have the decal soak for too long, as the adhesive is water activated, but can also dissolve completely if left in the water for too long. Hope this helps!
A couple of questions: how long did you put the decals in the water? How did you do the chipping effects? How did you do the black gun streaks?
19. March, 21:43
Patrick Hagelstein The whole idea of this build is to not use any fancy materials, so all the weathering has to come from the materials in the first picture. The Chromate Yellow and Silver was thinned with water and very carefully applied to parts with heavy wear and crew traffic. No special method, just veeeeery careful painting and avoiding to overdo it. I immersed every separate decal for just a couple of seconds letting it sit on a piece of kitchen towel (a prestige object nowadays...) until the decal could be moved. I then transferred it to the model and rolled a slightly dampened Q-tip over it to remove water and air bubbles.
20. March, 05:07
Patrick Hagelstein Oh! The gun streaks were black acrylic paint thinned with water and a drop of Dawn and carefully feathered out in the direction of the air stream.