Yes, it's finally here! Completely rebuilt from the ground up, and with features missing from the previous version added.
About this creation
After having seen my old F6F-5 model, which I recently uploaded, I decided to completely rebuild it from the ground up, this time cutting no corners and using reference images. This is actually the second made-from-scratch WWII aircraft model at this scale and in this style--I was originally going to upload in "steps" to show my progress, but I decided to upload this first, after I finished it, as a follow-up to the F6F-5 model V1. I basically went back and did everything right, or at least everything right within my power. There are still a few faults--for example, the cowling on the engine doesn't look quite right--but so far, this is a massive improvement over the previous model.
Every single feature from the previous model and more has been added. The landing gear can retract fully, and this time retracts the way that it did on the actual Hellcat, tailwheel and all--although the tailwheel doesn't fold up fully and the small "doors" on the landing gear aren't present here.
All control surfaces on the model can be angled. I faced a brief problem with the tailplane, where one of the elevators wouldn't hinge; this turned out to be because of the hinges I was using, so I switched them. The control surfaces on the wings are angled incorrectly--on the actual aircraft, they're at an angle and roughly rectangular, with the joints being parallel to the Hellcat's trailing edge.
The flaps fold out and, surprise surprise, the arrestor hook can extend. Since, at least with the tail design I was using, the telescoping arrestor hook on the actual F6F couldn't be replicated, I instead added a collapsing one.
The guns are staggered this time, rather than extending the same distance out like on the last model.
I minorly changed the pilot figure, as he was incorrectly colored last time--I actually went through the effort to look up color photographs of WWII-era U.S. Navy pilots, and recolored the pilot minifig accordingly. The Canopy doesn't open in one piece this time around, as I tried that and it made the canopy far too boxy.
This model (on the left) and the previous version (on the right). You can see how this version improves.
And, of course, the "Sto-Wing" folding wings, allowing more Hellcats to be stored inside hangars or parked closer to each other on a carrier deck.