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World War II: USA
Aircraft of the United States in WWII.
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1/48 Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat (Eduard)
Venko555
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Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 - 06:08 PM UTC
New and very nice product from Eureka-WWII US navy carrier deck. Resin deck in wooden frame, plus copper wire. Details is very nice, no wrapping and defects. Only the wooden frame need to be varnished, just in case








Venko555
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Posted: Saturday, June 03, 2017 - 02:15 PM UTC
With the pilot (resin, from Aerobonus) painted







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Venko555
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Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 07:21 PM UTC
Thank you, Oliver!

I decided to make the MG's from brass tubes, 1mm and 0.5mm. The outer two (the shortest) I drilled with bigger drill as the real ones. Primed with Surfacer 1500 and then painted with Gunze Mr.Metal color Dark iron MC 214. polished a bit for metallic shine.
Not like the professional Master barrels, but I like the result and it was fun













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Antilles
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Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 06:09 AM UTC
It looks really great. Cheers!

Oliver
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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 07:02 PM UTC
I've put the lights on the wingtips, also antenna (from stretched sprue), minor chipping here and there. For the MG's I will buy a Master barrel set. Well, that is for now







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Venko555
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Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 02:39 PM UTC
Exhaust stains and oil streaks. Almost finished









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Venko555
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Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 04:56 PM UTC
I put only some of the small stencils, because the decals doesn't respond very well to the decal solutions and some silvering occurred.
The wash is mixed from Dark and Light grey oils, the lower part is darker mix. There will be more weathering-oil streaks, exhaust stains etc.









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Venko555
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Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 10:04 AM UTC
Hi, Patrick, thank you for stopping by!

For the exhaust stains I simply mix black paint with tint of red brown and applying with the airbrush. For the oil effects I use AK engine oil. But I will show these effects later in the build

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pnance26
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Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 07:12 AM UTC
Can you please detail the weathering technique for exhaust and oil? I am new to building airplanes and I would like to add that detail.

Also if you have any advice on how to do oil stains such as one that has been punctured by a projectile, I would really appreciate it.

You work is very detailed and quite striking. I like it a lot!
Venko555
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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 08:34 PM UTC
Finishing with the masking and painting, next I will put the stencil data, gloss coat and starting with the weathering. The exhaust and the engine will add later







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Venko555
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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 05:12 PM UTC

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Venelin - Beautiful paintwork! I am very envious- can't wait to see more !

Cheers- Richard



Thanks, Richard!

Well, that's with the nose art, I'm glad how it turned out. Now I have to gloss coat the model and putting the stencils data (not many on the Hellcat ) . Then proceeding with the weathering.

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Venelin
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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 05:05 PM UTC
Venelin - Beautiful paintwork! I am very envious- can't wait to see more !

Cheers- Richard
Venko555
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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 02:15 PM UTC
Thanks, Oliver!

I decided to make the bloodlines in the eyes by the following way:

-bought a thin red marker (non-permanent) and sharpened it a bit with sandpaper;
-then drawing the lines in the eyes one by one;
-as the one side is finished, immediately sealed with Aqua gloss, so to not destroy the painting;
-then same with the other side;
-you can wipe the drawing with wet cloth, if you not like it, BEFORE sealing, as many times as you wish.







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Antilles
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 09:41 PM UTC
Venelin,
take Your time. The model looks already awesome now!

Oliver
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 07:57 PM UTC
Sorry for the slow progress, but that nose art is complex to paint
Almost finishing, only have to decide how to represent the bloodlust in the eyes-maybe with fine brush, but I will think about it





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KelticKnot
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Posted: Monday, February 06, 2017 - 08:55 PM UTC
Excellent work on the markings Venelin, i'm really impressed by the nose art.
Venko555
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Posted: Monday, February 06, 2017 - 05:37 PM UTC
I've made also the gunsight:





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Venko555
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Posted: Sunday, February 05, 2017 - 01:12 PM UTC
Joel, thanks!

Cutting the masks was easy, positioning them right was tedious though, but the result is rewarding

Venelin

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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 11:59 PM UTC
Venelin,
Your paint masking looks fantastic.

Joel
Venko555
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 02:56 PM UTC
Thanks, proceeding with the national insignia.
Same procedure as with the nose art . Some touch up will be needed at some places, but overall I like the result. Insignia blue is Gunze H-326 (FS15044), which is darker than the decal one, and looks better.









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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 04:22 AM UTC
I really liked the 1st one, but the 2nd attempt is so much better.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 01:28 AM UTC
The first one was good but the second attempt is breathtaking !
Venko555
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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 07:37 PM UTC
Well, I didn't like the first result, so some corrections I made

-First spraying the black outline":



-masking the line with Micron masking tape 0.5mm:



Now I like it better, although again there's overspray here and there, but this will be fixed (Sorry but never manage to catch the red color right on photos, but in reality is fine ) :





Also with hairspray chipping I painted the black walkways:




Venko555
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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 10:16 AM UTC
Thank you very much for the kind comments!

As soon as the nose art is finished, I will proceed with the national insignia

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Venelin
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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 05:21 AM UTC





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