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P-47 Modelling: Finished!
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Hasegawa 1/48 P-47D-1 "Donny Boy"
john41492
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Georgia, United States
Joined: July 20, 2015
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Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 11:49 AM GMT+7
Hi All,

This is my first posting of a completed build! What a learning experience this was, and all done with my phone! The biggest learning was to make sure that the flood lights used are not the industrial 'day lighters'! This resulted in some heat damage and the plane was only under them for less than 10 minutes.

This is Hasegawa's 1/48 P-47D-1, pretty much out the box. I added 18G stainless tubing for the guns, Fast-Frames, and Microscale decals #48-1112. Additionally there's about 2g of Tamiya putty under the wings.



















Overall an enjoyable build, though believe the reviews. The wing/fuselage join took a bit of time. Enjoy!

John
AussieReg
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Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 03:20 PM GMT+7
Lovely clean build John, very nice work.

I have never built a Hasegawa P-47, but they certainly seem to come together well even considering the fit issues you described.

Thanks for sharing!

Cheers, D
TheLastDinosaur
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Joined: December 20, 2015
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Posted: Monday, August 22, 2016 - 11:00 PM GMT+7
Hi John,

Looks great! You really display some fine finishing skills.

A few questions/observations for you:

1) It looks like the outer 50 cals are blanked off. What gives?

2) In Photo #4, please describe the technique/how you pulled off the thin, shiny metallic line right next to the wheel hubs.

3) Excellent job on the engine, and also the split insignia on the supercharger exhaust doors. Both look real enough.

Keep it going.

The Last Dinosaur


john41492
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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 03:32 PM GMT+7
Damian, thank you. I can recommend it, but be aware that the wing fuselage join on the bottom requires a lot of attention and re-scribing of lost beautiful panels. I also had a tough time with the leading edges of the wings seeming to be welded only to split open twice. Aside from these little items it was a fun kit to do! Plus no messing with the cowl flaps.
john41492
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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 04:02 PM GMT+7
Last Dinosaur,
Thanks so much for the comments; itís also nice to see some questions asked! Iíll do my best to answer them.

- Regarding the guns, my research found that many pilots early on in the 4th FG opted to omit the outer 50ís to save on weight. Thus gaining a little more ammo per gun and range. Also, I discovered a little later that this one didnít carry an antenna. This was a bit embarrassing as Iíd left the area open for it upon final assembly. My dog thought it was quite humorous!

- The landing gear on early P-47ís in the ETO were ordered to be painted olive drab. Looking at quite a few pics and reading what folks had posted here, the paint took a beating. Trying to replicate it I painted the struts with MM buffing aluminum metalizer, buffed it and then sealed it. Then I took my airbrushed thinned olive drab and applied via a brush (I airbrushed this bird with very thin paint ~ 1:15 to 1:25). I let it kind of dry like maybe 5 mins and did a mock dry brushing in the direction of airflow over the paint to get it lift in spots. Not really dry brushing, kind of pretend dry brushing.

- Ah the insigniasÖ these were for the most part off the Microscale sheet. Not all went so well and I wound up using others from the spares. Getting them to sit right was a bit of a challenge, first I cut as much carrier off as I dared, then using a toothpick, a wetted Q-tip and a wetted 5/0 and 10/0 brush worked them on. The little ones in the exhaust had a mind of their own, pretending to be in place only to want to drift. Once they were down and staying I let them cure for a day before using any Microsol. I like the result, and appreciate you noticing.

I hope this answers your questions, and I do thank you for your kind words.