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This is the image of the full-scale Hellcat
that the author plans to emulate.
With flying season in full swing, you’re likely
spending time at the field polishing your flying
skills, but yet a little envious of all of the new
aircraft your friends built during the winter. You
wish you had something new to show off too,
Well fear not, you don’t have to vanish into
your workshop during prime flying weather to
get that “new plane” gratification. Why not take
one of your go-to ARFs and give it a simple
It takes surprisingly little time, effort, and
money to transform it from “one of the many” to
a unique and eye-catching masterpiece of your
very own. It can be as extensive or as simple as
you like—it’s totally up to you.
Because this is a scale subject, it’s desirable to
find some pictures of the full-scale aircraft that
you want to emulate. A simple Google search
will yield a wealth of information, pictures, and
often videos of a full-scale subject on which you
can base your changes.
A more educational route is to purchase a
book about your target subject. In this case, I
already had a copy of a book from Squadron/
Signal publications titled F6F Hellcat in Action.
On the cover was #19 Gadget, which fit the bill
perfectly. Let’s start at the front of the airplane
and work our way back.
I switched from an APC sport two-blade to
a scale three-blade propeller. I found a Dynam
13 x 7 electric three-blade propeller on the
MotionRC website, which comes in black. I
painted the tips yellow with Rust-Oleum 2X
Ultra Cover marigold color and added scale-appropriate surface markings that I purchased
from Callie Graphics.
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