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CorsairMan

1/48 Eduard F6F-5N

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I've been looking forward to the start of this build.

I'm joining with the Eduard profipac kit. I bought it somewhat pre-enjoyed: some parts snipped off, the engine glued together (but not painted or with any of the PE attached) and one wing glued together sans ailerons and flaps.

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This will be my first Eduard kit and I like how it comes with all the bells and whistles. I think this will also be a vast build as the real thing was painted blue on everything!

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If it's anything like the 1/72 kit, it's going to be a blast. You probably won't even have to glue the wings to the fuselage!

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The cockpit is great! The prepainted PE is not identical to my cockpit green but it won't be noticeable once the pit is in the fuselage - the panel looks amazing:

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Hmmmm....sorry for the photo quality, I just wanted to post with my tablet. I'll use the real camera next time.

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Looks good so far. I like your comment, pre-enjoyed.

I've only built Eduard 1/72 WW1 kits, but I think they make great kits.

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The engine was certainly pre-enjoyed and was all glued together. Unfortunately this meant that the fitting of the PE ignition ring was not going to happen. I did paint it and I added the PE logo and data plate

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I buttoned up the fuselage tonight and it went together fairly well. I also did up the wings. Its going together very well

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The Eduard F6F Hellcat series is certainly one of my favourites... very impressive cockpit and no build issues that I recall. Biggest problem was fitting all those very small PE parts into the cockpit...break out the magnifier headset and the fine tweezers for sure.

I should have taken more time on the paint job with mine but I wanted to get this one on the shelf as it was so impressive a kit I rushed mine a tad.

Good luck - looking great so far.

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Everything is buttoned up and primed. I rubbed down the primer and installed the windshield. Everything is ready for paint tonight... hopefully....

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I'm blue!

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I'm going to wait a couple days before putting on the decals. I'm happier with this gloss coat. Lessons learned. Want to have a smooth finish? Then you had better smooth everything along the way.

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Nice work, CM. Do you use masking tape for the canopy glass? Follow up; acrylics or enamels?

Mike

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Mike - the kit comes with a set of eduard canopy masks and they fit perfectly.

The paint is a 50:50 mix of Tamiya's Seablue and flat blue.... and once glossed up its pretty close to gloss sea blue to my eye.

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CM had this kit at a build night at an LHS last night. He was applying decals. It looks even better in person. The photos don't do it justice. It is going to look very nice when it's finished.

Good work CM.

Mike

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Mike saw me put on the easy ones. Now for the 10000 stencils! At least they are white so I can eventually enjoy seeing them on there.

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Hey everyone here is a small update

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I'm trying to get out of my modeling box and do some exhaust staining and some light chipping

I'll also do a couple other things. But I want this to be lightly weathered. Just a few weeks after delivery.

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