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"Daddy Rabbit" 1:32 Hasegawa + MDC Cockpit
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Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 06:19 PM GMT+7
Well I've not quite finished "Miss Dallas" yet but I'm starting the Planning stage of my Campaign build(s). First I'm going to build Hasegawa's 1/32 D model, but the problem is I can't decide which scheme to do. I have narrowed it down to the following and was hoping the rest of the community would help me decide.

Here's the choices

1. 42-26860 L3-O `Angie'; or 42-26922 L3-U `Little Ann' both 512th FS/406th FG


2. 421055 G9-E 405th FS 509th FG `Look No Hands'


3. 42-29262 A8-S 391st FS/366th FG `Daddy Rabbit'


Personally I'm swayed towards option 2 at the moment as Sam's editor gave us some unwanted etch for the P-47M (of which most can be used) and I have built "Angie" before in 1/48. But I'll see what the feed back from the rest of you is.
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Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 04:53 AM GMT+7
Daddy Rabbit gets my vote

Nige
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Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 07:31 AM GMT+7
I told him 'Daddy Rabbit' aswell
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Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 08:24 AM GMT+7

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I told him 'Daddy Rabbit' aswell



Oh oh,,,watch out..............domestic!!!!

Nige
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Posted: Friday, February 20, 2009 - 05:19 AM GMT+7
I'd have to go with "Daddy Rabbit" as well. Anytime you can put 2 beautiful women on a cowling instead of one. That trumps it.

Paul
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Posted: Friday, February 20, 2009 - 05:57 AM GMT+7

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I'd have to go with "Daddy Rabbit" as well. Anytime you can put 2 beautiful women on a cowling instead of one. That trumps it.

Paul



And a rabbit!,,dont forget the rabbit!

......................... I'll get me coat......................
Nige
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Posted: Friday, February 20, 2009 - 11:07 AM GMT+7
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And a rabbit!,,dont forget the rabbit!



UMMMM yeah of course the Rabbit......... ummm yeah

Wait up NIge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul
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Posted: Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 12:43 AM GMT+7
Hi Allen
Daddy Rabbit gets my vote with look no hands a close second.

Chris
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Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 04:04 AM GMT+7
Thanks for all the votes guys and gals. Looks like Daddys Rabbit won (I should just listen to Sam) The Hannants order went in yesterday for a tonne of P-47 bits (well it seemed it) and hopefully I can get started on my build when the rest of the projects are finished.
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Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 03:25 PM GMT+7
I've finally got some projects out of the way and thought that i should start this campaign build soon as there's only 5 and a bit months left hopefully I can start this build in the next week or so.

Here's the plan: I'll take all of these parts

1. Hasegawa's 1/32 P-47D
2. MDC's Resin Cockpit set
3. RB Productions 1/32 US Seatbelt set
4. Quickboost's Gun Barrels
5. Eduard Etch set (but for some unknown reason I placed the sets for the "M" variant in the photo, doh )
6. Eagles Editions P-47 Decals for Daddy Rabbit



And hopefully turn it into a respectable P-47D

P.S. does anyone (probably Nige) have additional info on Daddy Rabbit as my reference are pretty slim and i don't want to rely on the small snippet of info that came with the decals?
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Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 06:23 PM GMT+7
Hi Allen.
I dont have a huge amount to hand re the 366thFG.
Main info I guess you'll need to know is that you'll need the flat cockpit floor for a D-28, and the prop blade just visible in the earlier photo shows a Curtiss Asymetric prop.
Being a 9th USAAF P-47 in a fighter bomber role you would expect to see underwing pylons fitted as well.
Hope this helps
Nige
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 10:07 AM GMT+7
Allen:

The kit you picked is outstanding! I got the same one on the bench.( except the kit has no corrigated floor) If the Eduard set is the same as mind with self adhesive the belts alone are little kits all to themselves.. Tweezers and magnifiers are and will be your friends.

The cowling is a bit tricky but can be dealt with easily.

Hope to see this one soon and knowing you i believe it will be a respectable D. Especially when the "The Rabbit" is displayed.

Paul
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 06:22 PM GMT+7
Thanks guys, I have found out that although not fitted at the factory (as it's a D-28) it was later retrofitted with the spine fillet, however can I just confirm that the dive flaps weren't fitted until the D-30 batch either way I'm thinking of using most of the M etch as I was given it for free and most of it is the same as the D-25 etch Eduard did except for the lack of cowl flap actuators

Anyway i did get the main cockpit parts cleaned up primed and sprayed green today



I know I sprayed both floors but I will be using the "smooth" one.

The seat is incredibly thin (almost like tracing paper) and mine has a small hole in the side but i think it adds to the effect.
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 06:45 PM GMT+7
Hi Allen.
That MDC cockpit really is a work of art, and I'm looking forward to fitting it to one of my 1:32nd Hasegawa P-47s.
Your right about the dive flaps, D-30 onwards.
D-30's were also the first to be factory fitted with spine fillets, but I've seen examples right back to the first Bubbletop batch ( D-25), with them retro fitted. Interestingly, when Republic pulled the P-47's from the D-30 batch to use for the P-47M, they were mostly delivered without spine fillets.
As always, check your references!
Nige
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Posted: Monday, July 20, 2009 - 08:40 AM GMT+7
Started on the Cockpit over the weekend boy this is a joy to build even with all the tiny etch and resin involved. I was a little bit disappointed that MDC supply a choice of floor, rudder pedals and instrument panel but the sidewalls appear to be laid out for the later D-30 model onwards (according to my references). Also the instructions are are vague or out of focus in places and some parts are mis-numbered (I'll post some errata when I finish the cockpit). But it doesn't detract from an amazing update set

Here's some progress shots





No matter how much I tried to get the back of the instrument dials level they were just too small to sand flat with out them pinging out of the tweezers and being eaten by the carpet monster:D





By last night I got as far as building the throttle controls but there's still more etch to add



As always comments and suggestions welcome
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 05:01 PM GMT+7
Great start Allen.
That MDC cockpit really is a work of art!
Looking forward to seeing more.
Nige
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Posted: Monday, August 03, 2009 - 05:43 PM GMT+7
Well I had a long week end off this week as we booked leave for a Show for Sam but cancelled going. As a result I managed to get quite a bit done. Enough talk here the pics.

First the cockpit, I'm pleased with how the throttle controls turned out :









The Seat with the RB productions seatbelts (these took me 4 hours alone)





The instrument panel was decaled as well (that took time as well as they are all individual decals)



and some of the cockpit parts were added to the fuselage halves



As a break from the cockpit also did some work to the kit parts. first was to remove the rectangular structure on the wing spar to accommodate the MDC cockpit



Then I turned my attention to the "troublesome" four part cowling but did have any problems myself (just need to fill two of the engraved fasteners and re-scribe)



I left the internal air inlet and the cowl ring loose until painting



The engine was built and sprayed with Alclad Aluminium.



I'm a little disappointed with the gear housing? and magnetos. Hasegawa only provide one type of magneto and the top part of the ignition harness is not provided either so I'll have to scratch the part for the top half.





As always comments, critique and suggestions are welcome
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Posted: Monday, August 03, 2009 - 06:32 PM GMT+7
Very nice start indeed. I look forward to your build. Keep up the great work

Prop47"Roy"
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Posted: Tuesday, August 04, 2009 - 08:49 AM GMT+7
Allen:

She is looking breat so far. Took me four hours on the belts as well. Took about three wi wire the engine too.

I think the harness you are referring to maybe included in the PE set you have. I can't really tell if you use the part on the ignition box between the magnetos. But I do know that if you decide to use the wires provided in the PE set there is a a wired on it that goes to the ignition box.

If you sandwich the PE harness part between the cylinder parts you may be able to get away with scratching the harness because tthe PE sticks up just enough to make it look like the harness is there.

Hope this helps and if this is confusing or me just rattling on. There is a pic of the enigine in my Ole Cock III Build blog of the engine to show what I am rambling about.

Hope this may help and Keep going because she is looking like a real beauty from here..

Paul
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Posted: Tuesday, August 04, 2009 - 02:30 PM GMT+7
Hi Roy /Paul thanks for the comments. Paul I understand what you mean and can see from your blog. I'm undecided on using the etch harness or not. I'm not overly enamoured by the flat look they give ans thinking of scratching the rest of the harness (I'm blaming Chuck's Me410 Blog over on aeroscale). Hopefully some more updates next weekend.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 09:34 AM GMT+7
Looking good Allen.
Thanks for the extra photos/text regarding the cowling. I'm sure many people will find that helpfull.
I'm looking forward to getting stuck into one of the 1:32 kits myself!
Have you dry fitted the cockpit yet?
Nige
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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 12:53 PM GMT+7

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Looking good Allen.
Thanks for the extra photos/text regarding the cowling. I'm sure many people will find that helpfull.
I'm looking forward to getting stuck into one of the 1:32 kits myself!
Have you dry fitted the cockpit yet?
Nige

Thanks Nige, I didn't get much modelling in at the weekend but did get 30mins in last night. I did manage to get the the eduard placards installed and got the washes and a flat varnish on the cockpit (no pics as yet) yes I have dry fitted the cockpit but I'm "tweaking" the fuselage ready for the 1mm that needs removing to accommodate the MDC tub
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Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 09:56 AM GMT+7
Got a bit more done yesterday I've built the cockpit as far as I like to go for now to prevent the loss of breakable bits













More work is continuing today by putting some of the etch inside the fuselage hopefully some pics will follow soon.
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Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 10:08 AM GMT+7
Wow Allen Excellant work on the cockpit.. You can darn near put it in a case and call it a model in it's own right.

Love the details and weathering. Looks very convincing. I even noticed the rudder pedal retainers too..

Excellant cannot wait to see more

Paul
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Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 04:08 AM GMT+7
I've been tinkering over the last week and got the etch installed into the inside of the fuselage









I did a couple of dry fit runs of the fuselage and came to the conclusion that these tabs needed removing for the MDC cockpit to fit in (which isn't very clear on the instructions)



Here you go Nige a dry fit with the cockpit (yes that's on an A4 cutting mat, not sure if I'll have the room for the VFS 1/24 Kit )





Hopefully today I'll glue the fuselage halves together and start on the wings

As always comments and suggestions welcomed