In Progress- Airframe (mostly) done on the Hobbyboss Hellcat Mk. I

The airframe on Hobbyboss’ 1/48 Hellcat Mk. I is mostly finished. I still need to do some final seam work, add in Mr. Surfacer in a few places, and of course hang the engine and cowl on the front end.

This is not a bad kit to build at all. It fits pretty well, and there isn’t really much drama. If you’re going to build in wings down, I recommend fully building the entire wing and then joining it to the fuselage. It all fits, but it is a bit fiddly, with quite a few parts.

The biggest criticism I’d heard for this kit is the width of the cockpit opening. I compared it to an older Eduard Hellcat, sitting on my shelf, covered in dust. The Hobbyboss kit’s opening is significantly larger- more than a scale foot. It does look a bit comical. If you’re a Barney Builder like me, it’s not going to be a problem. But if that kind of thing bugs you, I’d recommend heading towards the Eduard or Hasegawa kit.

Maybe this was the “plus size”version? 🙂

By Jon Bius

Jon Bius is a scale modeler, building models in a variety of genres, including Gunpla, Maschinen Krieger, Star Wars and other scifi. Through his blog and video channel, Jon shares the tools and techniques he uses to produce results than anyone can achieve - and have fun doing so!

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