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  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
I needed something quick and easy...
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, December 28, 2017 1:22 PM

...so enter Otaki's 1/48 scale F6F-3.

I've been working on that B-17 it seems like forever and I don't seem to making a lot of progress. I was getting really bummed. There are a few 1/48 scale fighters in my stash that I want to build and the Hellcat was on the top of the stack. The kit has just enough parts to be interesting but not so many as to be complicated. Just what the old man needed. The panel lines are recessed and very nicely done. Overall the kit has nice detail and very good fit. The pictures are what I've done since about 7:00 am today.

I started out spraying the interior and some other parts MM Interior Green. My airbrush was spraying blobs so I had to do a deep clean early on.

The cockpit is rudimentary but looks nice when it's together. There is some nice molded in detail. Because of the airbrush issues you can see that the cockpit is brush painted.



Here's the R-2800 painted and detailed. The background is MM flat black, the cylinders are MM gun metal highlighted with MM Steel, the gear box(?) is MM Neutral Gray.

The wings and the long-range tank. Very nicely detailed. The guns are removed because when the kit is finished the airplane will be an F6F-3K Drone.

 Yep, it's been a busy day. And a fun day. I feel like I've actually gotten something done! Should be done and have the airplane on the shelf in about a week.

OK. On the bench:

Otaki F6F-3 Hellcat, Revell/Monogram F6F-5 Hellcat

Hobby Craft P-36A, ESCi/ERTL P-36A

  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: Green Bay, WI USA
Posted by echolmberg on Thursday, December 28, 2017 1:55 PM

Surprise  It's like Frank Sintra said, "Nice and easy does it every time."  Those simpler kits are a godsend, aren't they?  Every few years I seem to cycle through a modeling funk.  Whenever that happens, I step away for a few weeks and shove aside whatever I might be working on at the time.  That's when I break out a great, simple, little model kit to reignite the modeling spark.  For me, it's been the 1/48 Revell P-51B, the Monogram A-37, etc that have saved me in the past.  Great kits.  Good fit.  Low part count.  Those are the kits I can knock out of the park and get the *** flowing again.

Eric

PS.  Great looking Hellcat so far!  I've never built an Otaki kit before.  How are they?

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, December 28, 2017 2:00 PM

I'm impressed with the quality of the mold and the detail and the fit. A very little bit of flash but not like an old Airfix. I don't know how old this kit is, but it's right up there with the more complex kits of today. Otaki also has an F4U-1 and a P-40E that might be worth a look.

OK. On the bench:

Otaki F6F-3 Hellcat, Revell/Monogram F6F-5 Hellcat

Hobby Craft P-36A, ESCi/ERTL P-36A

  • Member since
    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, December 28, 2017 3:18 PM

Yep, when I get the stagnation funk I take a break for a week or two then grab a Tamiya kit from the stash.  One quick and easy build is all it takes to restart the ***!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/700 Tamiya Scharnhorst

On deck: 1/35 Tamiya Stug III

In the hole: 1/72 Airfix Heinkel He111 H-6

 

 

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, December 30, 2017 10:40 AM

I put the canopy on yesterday and spent this morning masking the canopy. I tried something new for me: I brushed on Elmer's glue for a few of the curved areas rather than try to cut masking tape to get the correct curve. We'll see. Later today I'll glue on the wings and the horizontal tail surfaces. Should be ready for primer in a day or two.


OK. On the bench:

Otaki F6F-3 Hellcat, Revell/Monogram F6F-5 Hellcat

Hobby Craft P-36A, ESCi/ERTL P-36A

  • Member since
    June, 2017
Posted by Chemteacher on Saturday, December 30, 2017 9:57 PM
Nice job. The Otaki Hellcat is a great kit and is the first kit I built after returning to the hobby. I’ve also built the Otaki P-51D - another great, straight forward kit. These were in my original stash from when I last built in early ‘90’s. I also have the Otaki Corsair in the stash. I’m really enjoying getting back to modeling and learning so much from the folks on FSM.

On the bench: Revell P-51D (on the paint rack)

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, December 31, 2017 12:37 PM

So far this Hellcat has been such a great build. I'm so glad I pulled it out of the stash when I did. It's almost ready for primer. I put the cowl ring on this morning but before I did I stuff some tissue over the motor to protect it when I paint. I'll shoot some green zinc chromate over the canopy before I shoot the gray primer. Man, this bird is going to look so good when it's finished.


OK. On the bench:

Otaki F6F-3 Hellcat, Revell/Monogram F6F-5 Hellcat

Hobby Craft P-36A, ESCi/ERTL P-36A

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 5:24 PM

It is sooo cold. Too cold to paint so the Hellcat hasn't been primed yet.

I've had enough of this cold weather. I'm moving to Florida.

Oh. Wait a minute. That's where I am...

OK. On the bench:

Otaki F6F-3 Hellcat, Revell/Monogram F6F-5 Hellcat

Hobby Craft P-36A, ESCi/ERTL P-36A

  • Member since
    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Thursday, January 04, 2018 11:21 AM

yea, Me too Frank !  I have several models now waiting for the weather to turn back to Florida standards so I can get paint on them. I've never had so many undone and in the que. Yesterday i just couldn't wait and primered one by warming up the paint , the AB and the model in the house and running out to the shed to quickly spray it, then shuttling all back into the house. It seemed to work ok so far. Sheesh, I moved here to get away from Ohio weather. Yea,yea I know, it isn't exactly minus 7 degrees out but I didn't live in a Southern built  ,drafty trailer house up North either...BRRRRRR

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, January 06, 2018 7:40 PM

It's going to be in the 70s this coming week, Rainy, but in the 70s. I may be able to get some painting done on the Hellcat drone if it's not too wet out.

OK. On the bench:

Otaki F6F-3 Hellcat, Revell/Monogram F6F-5 Hellcat

Hobby Craft P-36A, ESCi/ERTL P-36A

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