1/72 EDUARD HELLCAT

One from 2013, Eduard 1/72 Hellcat from a Profi Pack boxing which included etch for cockpit and other bits plus canopy masks.

The kit is great, just falls together and the coloured etch for the cockpit is a great ‘cheat’. I left off some of the microscopic handles in the cockpit which you can’t see anyway.

Main paint is all airbrushed, white is Tamiya, blues from Life-Color. I used quickshine to gloss before adding the decals and then finishing with Lifecolor satin varnish both before and after weathering.

MIG Cold Grey Wash was used over the white and intermediate blue and a mix of Humbrol Black\White powders with thinners to make a lighter grey wash for the dark blue. Cannon and exhaust marks are Citadel Black Wash but I’m not that happy with how that turned out so may try a bit of airbrushed matt black. Not sure what the odd stain is on the starboard tailplane, it wasn’t there before pics were taken …

This was the first time I’ve used pre cut masks; they worked really well and saved time so will definitely use again

Radio aerial was my first try with E-Z Line and it worked well too. I replaced the gun barrels with some brass tube and had to make up a pitot for the wing as the original part went AWOL at some point.

Base is plastic card airbrushed with Tamiya gloss black which is finished with Eduard carrier deck section, a nice pre-coloured etched piece. This is as it comes from the packet, I may matt varnish it and weather a little later.