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P-47 Modelling: Finished!
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Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 06:09 AM UTC
Once again, when the enthusiasm has drained away, I find myself getting various bits and pieces and taping them together so it doesnt feel like I've been hacking away at a huge pile of grey plastic for the best part of 9 months.
Ok, I have been hacking away at a huge pile of grey plastic for the best part of 9 months,,,but its finally starting to resemble a P-47.




The paint job is taking forever.
The rear fusalage area is the most complicated and I've been reduced to painting one section a day due to the drying time of enamels. The are a few areas I'm not happy with and will redo later. Once the cockpit area back has been painted the wings and forward fusalage involve a lot less masking and shouldnt take as long.( famous last words)

Feeling a little more motivated now, but had enough for one day.

Nige
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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 10:31 AM UTC
Come on Nige...its all down hill now
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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 01:34 AM UTC

..keep on keepin' on Nige..at least its starting to look like a Tbolt now !
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Posted: Thursday, September 03, 2009 - 06:20 AM UTC
Cheers guys
I got the majority of the fusalage finished today.



Once the star and bar is painted on the wing and I've addressed a couple of oversprays I can get the camouflage finished and then it'll be time for the big unmasking!

Nige
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Posted: Saturday, September 05, 2009 - 03:24 AM UTC
Finished painting the national insignia on the wing. Nice one Mal
Another step closer.

Nige
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Posted: Saturday, September 05, 2009 - 04:15 AM UTC
Oh she is shaping up to be a beuty Nige. Can't wait to see the camo on the wings and the unmasking.

You getting close don't let up now!!!

Paul
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Posted: Sunday, September 06, 2009 - 04:11 AM UTC
Don't worry Paul.
I'm on a mission to get the camouflage finished and the masking off!
The result of todays adventures with the Blue Tack and masking tape.



Should get the last wing done tomorrow.( Hopefully)
Nige
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Posted: Sunday, September 06, 2009 - 06:57 AM UTC
Now she is really looking the part Nige. One wing to go!!! Sounds like you get as anxious as I do as the end gets close. or:

At least in my case I say to myself. "I am tired of looking at you on the bench it is time to get you on the shelf."

Yes Nige I talk to them. My better half sometimes think I am a little off but hey there is always a pill or a pint for that problem sometimes.

Paul
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Posted: Sunday, September 06, 2009 - 11:55 PM UTC
Talk to them?,,I seem to spend more time swearing at them than talking to them
A big day today!
Finished painting the camouflage scheme and the maskings off at last.








I think I'll go for a beer now
Nige
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Posted: Monday, September 07, 2009 - 01:33 AM UTC
Have 2 Nige you've earned it.

That is some outstanding work. It is amazing what you can do with some Silly Putty, tape and a bit of imagination.

Now the question I would be asking myself is where am I going to put this buhemith when it's done.

Judging by the shelves in the background there is no room there for it..

Paul

Oh by the way I never said how and what I said to the models. After all we do have mixed company on the board.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 12:56 PM UTC
Hi Paul.
I have absolutely no idea where I'm going to put it when its finished, but I knew that before I even bought the kit!
I just knew that I had to get myself one when I saw a test run about 3 years ago

Inspired by a build on LSP I have decided to have a go at scratchbuilding some bazooka tubes.
I made a start, and I think with some wine foil straps etc they should look quite good.
I've never attempted to scratchbuild anything like this so it'll be a good little project in itself.



I couldnt resist taping one of the clusters to the model to get an idea what they are going to look like.



The blast tubes for the .50 cal were machined by Paddy Barratt who built this kit earlier in the year and was kind enough to do me a set as well.

Nige

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Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 11:32 AM UTC
Ok now that just looks too mean and cool Nige.

I tried to go through the pics to see if there was a clearer pic.

I know you just dry fitted this but the top brass tubing that I am thinking you are going to use for the hanger for the tubes. Was it round or are you going to have to flatten it out somehow?
One can see how unstable that thing must have been if the tube was indeed round on the top.

Anyway keep it up I am really digging the scratchbuilt details.

Paul
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Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 11:49 AM UTC
Hi Paul.
( seems like your the only one commenting on my build lol)
The brass tube is a "slide bar". I will have to drill through it for the two mounts.
You can find more information on them in the
M10 Rocket Launcher Instruction Manual
Have fun!
Nige
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Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 10:55 PM UTC

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( seems like your the only one commenting on my build lol)

The only reason I'm not commenting is because i'm still speechless over the shear size of the kit and the fact that it's taken so long to get the paint on it
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Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 11:07 PM UTC

..well I was planning to log on and comment next month - after a ittle more progress (sorry!) - but I see you've had a rush of blood to the head and really gone for it... looking awesome Nige, and Paddy's blast tubes look mighty impressive...what a kind man
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 02:28 PM UTC
Nige,

Just found this online build. Man that is one mean looking P-47 your building. Those rocket tubes look awesome. I sure do appreciate the the step-by-step photos you take. It sure shows us "how to" on finer side of detailing a kit.

Keep up the good work!

Mike
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 11:19 PM UTC
Thanks for the support guys
Allen, the main reason its taken so long to get the paint on is because I'm such a slow builder!
Choosing "Hairless Joe" didnt exactly speed it up though!, An OD over NG scheme would
only take a couple of days.
Painting the markings on and having to mask over them also took time, but theres hardly any decals to apply
Mike,I'm glad the photos are helping.
I've made a start on fitting the flaps. The hinges need some work and I've also had to file the flap down a bit to get it to fit.
Slowly getting there, and I'll post photos showing how what work is needed when Ive got them done.


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I'm still speechless over the shear size of the kit


Ah, its not THAT big,,lol

1:72nd on the left, 1:48th on the right
Nige
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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2009 - 01:20 AM UTC

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but I see you've had a rush of blood to the head



Don't know if it is a rush of blood or the enamel paint he's using with poor ventilation.

I see what you meant by the rocket tubes. indeed the slider bar was round.. So it should look very imposing. I like it alot!!

I also see once again in your comparison pic you have left out the lowly 1/32 scale.

Keep going Nige she will make a great Ceiling fan for your P-47 "Library" when she is done but if you can't find any room for her I can keep her here for you until you do.

Paul
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Posted: Monday, September 14, 2009 - 10:39 PM UTC

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I also see once again in your comparison pic you have left out the lowly 1/32 scale.
Paul



Only because I havent got around to building one in 1/32nd scale yet!

After the recent painting marathon I've turned my attention to the flaps.
Only one set of hinges is supplied in the kit, and these are for the down position, although I think this is being changed in later releases.
There is also a fit issue in the early release, which again I believe is being addressed, but for those of you,like myself, who have an one of the first releases, heres whats needed to get the flaps in place.
First, a old photo of the kits flap hinges.

You can see from the comparrison how much of the hinge has to be removed.
The attachement plate is small and the area of the inside of the flaps where these fit is quite large, which naturally means a loose fit.
I found it to my advantage to leave this as is. It gives some flexibility for the hinges when fitting into the wing.
The inner hinges are both moulded the same, but are actually right and left handed. You'll need to remove the end of the port one and spin it through 180 degress. A pin made from fusewire is a great help here. The square area also needs about 1mm removing in order to fit.
I found that the flaps themselves were slightly too wide and needed some work to get them to fit.
Sounds like a lot of work but it doesnt take long and with some forward planning and regular dry fitting they come together quite quickly.
Heres one roughly dry fitted.

The actual fit of the flap halves is very good.
Filler is required on each end and also on the area which sits under the fusalage when the flaps are in the up position.
I used a mixture of CA glue and talcum powder.
I'm sure the photos will explain the work required more clearly than my ramblings




So thats the flaps primed and ready for paint
Nige



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Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 10:26 PM UTC
Wow Nige:
Between the engine, cockpit, and flaps of the monster. It seem you get nearly 3 models in one.

She looks great and the "special filler' seems to work pretty well too.

I just wonder with all that paint flying though are you going to have to restock soon or do you have vats of the stuff in the back you are not telling us about

Paul
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Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 01:42 AM UTC

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Wow Nige:
Between the engine, cockpit, and flaps of the monster. It seem you get nearly 3 models in one.

She looks great and the "special filler' seems to work pretty well too.

I just wonder with all that paint flying though are you going to have to restock soon or do you have vats of the stuff in the back you are not telling us about

Paul



Hi Paul.
I find CA and talcum powder works really well for gaps. It dries very quickly and you have to sand it before it goes rock hard otherwise it can be a real pain! We are talking minutes here!
Best thing I've found is that theres no shrinkage like other fillers.
As for paint,,I'm into my second tinlets of Ocean Grey and RAF Dark Green so not too bad
Nige
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Posted: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 11:37 AM UTC
Only a small amount of progress this week due to life getting busy again.
The inner doors of the tail wheel are marred by large sink marks.
Rather than spend ages working to remove them from this hard to reach area I opted for "Plan B".
First I cut paper templates for the affected areas and then used these to cut thin plasticard to shape.

An easy fix and with a Burnt Umber oil wash thats the tail wheel section complete.
Nige
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Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009 - 05:12 AM UTC
Nigel,
that is very nice. The detail you've added is simply amazing! I have been wondering if Ii should get this kit, and now I think I will. Loved reading your build progress so far. Looking forward to the rest of the build.

James
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Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009 - 11:22 AM UTC
Thankyou James.
Its slowly coming together, and I'm glad your finding the build blog usefull!
Nige
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Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009 - 11:32 AM UTC
I'm finding the build blog more than useful, it is truly amazing.