The author painted the 13 x 7 three-blade propeller tips with Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover in
a marigold color and added scale-appropriate surface markings from Callie Graphics.
The 3.5-inch, nine-cylinder dummy radial engine from Park Flyer Plastics was a perfect fit.
Coffee straws can make great machine gun barrels.
Dummy Radial Engine
The 3.5-inch diameter, nine-cylinder faux radial engine from Park
Flyer Plastics fit the Hellcat’s cowl
perfectly. I cut it out with an X-Acto
knife, painted it with Rust-Oleum
flat black, and secured it to the
inside of the cowl using Pacer Zap-A-Dap-A-Goo.
Wing Machine Guns
Short lengths of coffee-stirring
straws make great machine gun
barrels! The Hellcat has three guns
of different barrel lengths in each
wing. I cut six appropriate lengths
of straws, painted them with Rust-Oleum flat black, drilled small holes
into the wing’s leading edge, and
glued them in with medium CA.
Landing Gear and Wheels
The kit landing gear add-ons and
wheel hubs did not come in the
full-scale color of white, so I decided
to mask off the tires and wings and
paint them with Rust-Oleum flat
Gadget 19 Graphics
I peeled off the kit-supplied VQ
graphics and applied an 8.5: 1 scale
set of Gadget 19 graphics from
Callie Graphics. Callie Graphics
has several sets of Hellcat markings
readily available in any size you need
on its website.
Alternatively, if you send images of
a full-scale aircraft or other reference
documentation, the company can
make custom markings in the exact
size that you need.
There are many ways to get a used
warbird look. One of the easiest,
least expensive, and trial-and-error-friendly techniques is to use artist
chalk pencils. You can usually find
these at craft stores, office supply
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