After a crazy month off from hobby time, sometimes you have to restart with a fresh project. And a clean (ish) desk....
Suddenly, a wild, ancient Hellcat appears....
Seriously, this thing is ancient. The molds are from 1966 (that's older than me) and I'm betting the kit itself is not much younger. Modeled in dark blue plastic, which may or may not have been brittle originally, but sure is now. The pilot is a bit more than weedy. Boss Lugnutz had to sit him down and tell him a story on the virtues of always wearing your helmet and, if possible, bolting it to ones head..... just to make sure.
Here's a rough size comparison of the fuselage. The BIG difference will be the width. I will definitely have to widen the aircraft to accommodate an ork pilot and cockpit. That job would be tricksy enough with a modern plastic kit. With this brittle old thing it will test my Orky engineering to the limit. Luckily, if it looks slapped together that just makes it more Orky.
To start this adventure I chopped off the tail and thinned it out to make room for the jet engine. You can see the ragged edges and a couple of the cracks I had to re-glue. It looks like the model will become basically a skeleton to hang styrene and/or greenstuff on.
This part will be most of the work. Some of it will have to be cut out to make room for the scratch built cockpit. I'm thinking it will have to be widened by at least a quarter of an inch. One part of the challenge will be keeping everything level so the wings look right when they go in. The other will be to keep the front end from shattering when I cut out the areas for the wheel wells
What I want to do is make wheel wells like the old F3fs or F4fs had, just in front of the wing...
And someday, I'd love to make an Orky biplane, but it won't be this one. Just imagine that with a jet engine! I confess I did get an F3f kit a while back, but its so tiny at 1/48 scale that it wouldn't work for a 40k Ork jet. I'm still going to build the kit though.
That's it for now. More plastic card mayhem ahead this coming week. Keep a weather eye open.