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Kaz Minato Hellcat
« on: November 21, 2022, 09:04:34 AM »
While the primer dries on my Pathfinder i started this new project
Came a across a partial short kit of Kaz Minato Hellcat ( cut by Bene Rodrigues ages ago)
i intent to finish with a scale painting so i can compete on the sport scale Brazilian F4B nats next year ( sport scale have loose rules so anybody can enter and feel the taste of scale competition)
30% of points are outline fidelity and 70% flight, so i may have a chance to score something
unfortunately i tried all my best to locate Beneīs plans and had no sucess ( he doesenīt seem to have them too) but i managed to get some nice information fro Chris Cox that built a similar sized plane and went gold on Nats. He was very helpfull to share some plans with me and i am working part with his plas part guessing the placing of parts as this kit is slightly different
hope you enjoy the ride
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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2022, 09:05:58 AM »
painting decided, and probably will be e-powered.
iīve heard itīs based on Kaz Blue Max so i expect a nice flying bird

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2022, 11:31:59 AM »
This Blue-Max / Hellcat overlay might be helpful.  I think both of these images came from Kaz's site.
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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2022, 01:07:57 PM »
This Blue-Max / Hellcat overlay might be helpful.  I think both of these images came from Kaz's site.
thanks a lot Brent! the second plant will be great to use!

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2022, 01:29:28 PM »
I remember Kaz saying that for FAI use he'd lengthen the tail moment 1" and also shorten the nose too. But the models that he has are a little different, fully molded. L
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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2022, 04:51:41 PM »
this oneīs for F4B, a porky flyer but scored great on  last nats
i will be busy on 2 categories

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2022, 07:44:55 PM »
this oneīs for F4B, a porky flyer but scored great on  last nats
i will be busy on 2 categories

 Exceptionally well done model, but I don't understand the green windshield?
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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2022, 03:14:15 AM »
Exceptionally well done model, but I don't understand the green windshield?
thank you, the full size is tinted too ( albeit a little different shade, but these transparent are hard to match)

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2022, 04:39:58 AM »
i am curious about final weight, never had a F2b fully sheeted/build up wing

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2022, 03:56:43 AM »
not bad weight for a 60" wing. still needs wingtips, flaps, horn & landing gear. next is fuselage

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2022, 03:17:06 PM »
now letīs make some fuselage to stick this wing

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2022, 05:37:31 AM »
cockpit on the works

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2022, 05:38:27 AM »
modified the formers for a more scale like profile

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2022, 05:39:48 AM »
decided to kit the formers in half and build 2 shells so i could align the frame perfetcly
such pearl like body would be a nightmare to jig properly.

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2022, 10:57:19 AM »
ready for planking

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2022, 08:26:33 PM »

 Looking great!  y1
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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2022, 04:22:38 AM »
Looking great!  y1
thank you Wayne!
finally started to look like an airplane
canīt wait to take this half off the bench.
so far i am pleased with this method and overall weight / stifness

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2022, 10:26:15 AM »
started to look like a hellcat
fuse half shell is amazing light 100 grams 3,5oz ( still to finish sheeting on the bottom ) and add the e-power nose section

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2022, 08:49:17 AM »
fuse side planking done
next is B side
hope i am not talking alone here  ;D

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2022, 12:54:32 PM »
Very nice!
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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2022, 05:30:24 PM »
fuse side planking done
next is B side
hope i am not talking alone here  ;D

  You are not, I am watching and it looks really good!

    Brett

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2022, 10:51:41 PM »
  You are not, I am watching and it looks really good!

    Brett

 Same here, checking in daily.  D>K
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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2022, 04:14:03 PM »
thanks for the return guys! as we have hardly any interaction here, seems like i am talking alone LOL
not much progress, started the other half of fuse after a few off days on the beach
hope to glue fuse halves before vacations next 17th




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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2022, 06:21:57 AM »
Checking everyday too.  Watching and learning.

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2022, 08:59:05 PM »
Far Out ,

Royal Navy & fleet air arm .  :(




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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #25 on: December 08, 2022, 10:14:21 PM »

 I've always thought this would be a great paint scheme for a Hellcat Stunter... S?P

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #26 on: December 09, 2022, 03:39:26 AM »
both looks good indeed!
and out of the ordinary

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #27 on: December 12, 2022, 03:04:05 AM »
fuse shells done, and the weight difference betwen them are just 2 grams, happy with the result.
this sums up 2022 work on the hellcat, leaving for a 2 week vacation
goal is to finish before may for brazilian scale nats

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2022, 08:30:01 AM »
Nice.
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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #29 on: December 12, 2022, 09:45:45 PM »
both looks good indeed!

 Both? Both pictures represent the same scheme.
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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #30 on: December 13, 2022, 02:42:39 AM »
Both? Both pictures represent the same scheme.
your post of US Navy scheme and the previous one Royal Navy, both are great choices as they stray from the commom all blue Hellcats

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #31 on: December 13, 2022, 07:00:16 PM »
your post of US Navy scheme and the previous one Royal Navy, both are great choices as they stray from the commom all blue Hellcats

 Ahh, got it.
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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #32 on: December 21, 2022, 08:53:27 PM »
Fred, what kind of wing jig are you using?

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #33 on: December 22, 2022, 06:45:28 AM »
Fred, what kind of wing jig are you using?

Kevin
itīs a custom made jig Kevin , alluminium L 2" x 2" with sliding alluminium 1/2" x 1/4" bars d=for the TE and a 45 degree machine in one face similar bar for the LE ( one side is 90 degress and the oposite 45 so i can use it for diamond shaped LE or straight LE.
the pitures shows the side views ( wing is off the jig, for other purpose)

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #34 on: December 22, 2022, 06:46:06 AM »
TE view

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #35 on: January 09, 2023, 03:00:59 AM »
back from short vacation
tail group ready, came out light, now looks like a revell kit, just need final assembly

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #36 on: January 09, 2023, 09:08:01 PM »

 Welcome back Fred, still keeping an eye on this one.  y1
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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #37 on: January 09, 2023, 09:12:34 PM »
Ditto!
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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #38 on: January 10, 2023, 02:58:08 AM »
Welcome back Fred, still keeping an eye on this one.  y1
thanks guys! had to step back and re-do the flaps sheeting! mistakenly used 3/32 and when finished ( sanded and added hinges) found out they are almost 1/8 higher than wing TE....after new sheeting set, will start to put main parts toguether.

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #39 on: January 17, 2023, 04:55:27 AM »
getting closer, fuse sides glued
now comes wing alignment, tail group and finishing process

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #40 on: January 18, 2023, 06:24:23 AM »
That is some nice work.  y1
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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #41 on: February 07, 2023, 09:51:28 AM »
back from short vacations
need to assemble fin/rudder, tail cone, nose cowl, bent landing gear, vac form cockpit and make the engine support.
close to finishing process
plane looks amazing indeed, hell of a job from Mr Kaz Minato!

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #42 on: February 13, 2023, 02:27:21 PM »
sheīs almost ready for finish
needs to vac form canopy, make the nose ring and glue the engine stand
wieght so far is great 4,23 oz with lading gear less engine/wheels

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #43 on: February 15, 2023, 04:36:43 AM »
home made vc form working
made a test with unfinisehd plug just to check proportion and make fuselage fit before finish.
later will polish the plug and produce the final canopy
frame will be painted

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #44 on: February 15, 2023, 08:15:35 AM »
Wonderful Fred!
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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #45 on: February 15, 2023, 12:16:19 PM »
Hi Fred. I have been watching in absolute awe. The Hellcat is one of my all time favorite planes. I grew up under them in Nevada during WW2.  They flew over our house every day. 

Your building is extremely neat and a lesson on how to do it right..  H^^ y1 #^

thank you guys! i am really excited and please how this plane is going on! started as a "side plane" for sport scale competition but more and more looks like a contender for sunt F2b!
i love the look of the Hellcat, must be such a view from your youth!
never had the chance to see one, not even at museum. Hopefully one day
will be back soon
regards!

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #46 on: February 23, 2023, 07:03:34 AM »
double sanding day
dope on the hellcat and primer on the pathfinder LE
looks like iīll have 2 new planes by july, hopefully!

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #47 on: March 01, 2023, 03:56:28 AM »
flying surfaces on silkspan and fuse on carbon veil gala dress
now letīs enjoy the dope fumes for a week or so and then comes primer

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #48 on: March 01, 2023, 03:24:00 PM »
cowl basic plug is almost ready to be molded in fiberglass

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Re: Kaz Minato Hellcat
« Reply #49 on: March 01, 2023, 07:13:20 PM »
Sweeeet!
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