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F6F-5 panel lines
Posted by gumshoe59 on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:47 AM

Am building the 1/24 airfix Hellcat and have a question about a specific panel line.

Is there a panel line, on top of the fuselage, running from the base of the tail to the back of the cockpit?

I have seen other kits without this panel line. However in "squadron signals publication, walk around #9 of the F6F hellcat. on page #32 top right photo, there appears to be a panel line running the length of the upper fuselage.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, John

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Posted by lowfly on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 8:18 AM

There is not a panel line there.  I am finishing up my 1/72 F6F and all my reference material shows no panel line there

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:43 AM

gumshoe59

Am building the 1/24 airfix Hellcat and have a question about a specific panel line.

Is there a panel line, on top of the fuselage, running from the base of the tail to the back of the cockpit?

I have seen other kits without this panel line. However in "squadron signals publication, walk around #9 of the F6F hellcat. on page #32 top right photo, there appears to be a panel line running the length of the upper fuselage.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, John

 

Dont use other kits as a reference source, they have no guarantee for accuracy. Trust good clear photos of an actual subject.

That being said, looking at this aircraft here, it appears that there is a line on alternating panels along the top of the fuselage spine.

https://www.cybermodeler.com/aircraft/f6f/f6f-5_walk.shtml

 

 

 

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Posted by lowfly on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 11:19 AM

All of the reference photos i have from actual F6F's show no panel line from where the tail arcs to the upper spine of the fuselage to the back of the canopy. 

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 10:48 AM

of course there is!  thats where they put the two fuselage halves together at the Grumman factory!  but, some good clamping pressure and a small amount of filler should minimize it appearance...

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Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:11 PM

Nah, the factory split the molds down the side!

John

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