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  1. Blue Jug (P-47M, 63rd FS 1945)

    Yeah, I'm not going to rely on it. I still suspect it's my error more than product quality, but Stynylrez seems a bit more forgiving of my errors.
  2. Blue Jug (P-47M, 63rd FS 1945)

    Got home a bit early yesterday and seized the opportunity to lay down some primer. I'd bought Vallejo's black primer a while back but not used it in anger yet. Topsides: The primer went on a bit rough underneath, which is where it needs to be smoothest, so I whipped out the Micromesh to polish it up. Ah, that wasn't meant to happen. Then I realised that I had missed the two PE parts, so I'll need to re-prime anyway. I've never had the Vallejo peel before (and this was definitely peeling away), though I've never used their primers either. I wonder whether I was just too quick to pick up the Micromesh. Anyway, while I digested that, I also broke out a new tin of Colourcoats Zinc Chromate Primer, and (as you can see) used a hairy stick on the wheel wells. Took two coats and the photo shows that it's still not quite opaque, but to the naked eye it's much better. It'll probably be a while before I can get back onto the airbrush (though maybe Saturday morning), but I want to test out some of the blues that I have to see which looks best on the black primer.
  3. Blue Jug (P-47M, 63rd FS 1945)

    Once the fuselage is together, the cockpit disappears. Even in a big bird like this, not much light gets in. No filler required on the fuselage halves; a good tight fit with a little bit of a seam to sand back. Looks pretty rough in that photo, I think I might deploy the Micromesh to smooth it out a bit more. The wings go on very well, just a smidgeon of filler at the root. SH suggest a few adjustments to the base plastic: remove three lumps under the starboard wing (which I think are supposed to represent the ID lights), drill out the landing light under the port wing, and move the aerial hole visible in the above photo towards the rear, which is all in accordance with the plans that I have in the MMP book. The SH moulded engine comes out very nicely, I think. And then ... all the main parts are together! This feels like a Ced B build! Hmm. That reminds me, I forgot to drill out the gun barrels.
  4. Blu & white tac always seem to leave stains to me, even if I varnish before applying them. Maybe I have inferior brands. This putty stuff seems pretty good, and it's reusable to boot. Plus, if I'm bored, I can roll it up and bounce it off the wall like the Cooler King
  5. Not a lot of progress, buy she's finally made her way under the nozzle. I dread masking this camo; my first thought was to use Parafilm and cut it to shape on the model, but it turns out Parafilm has a shelf life, and mine is really not at all adhesive. Then I remembered that I'd bought some Magic Putty. The problem I've seen with the putty is that it settles and spreads, so I stretched it out as thin as possible and I'm going to work section by section, rather than trying to mask the whole airframe and spray it all in one go. That will extend the painting process, though, as I can only airbrush at weekends. However, for a first time, it seemed to work pretty well. Pretty happy with that, actually. The green wasn't the easiest to spray but I think has come out OK
  6. Blue Jug (P-47M, 63rd FS 1945)

    Conventional construction commences with cockpit. As far as I can tell, the exact colour is one of those topics, but the most likely candidate is the wonderfully named Dark Dull Green. To my eyes, this looks like a dark grey with a hint of green, and I thought I'd get a reasonable facsimile from Vallejo's Dark Sea Green. Once dry, it looks more grey than I'd hoped. Other than some sidewall detail and the IP, that is all there is to the cockpit. Spartan, eh?
  7. The Thunderbolt has always, just, been my favourite of the US piston engined fighters, though it faced tough competition from the Corsair. I used to drool over the colour profiles in Bill Gunston's Aircraft of WW2, and wonder how it was that the biggest and heaviest could also have been the fastest. But there are no P-47s in my display case, and it's about time that oversight was rectified. I shouldn't really be building this. I promised myself that I'd finish off some of the half-built models first, and there's a bottleneck of models awaiting paint (I can only airbrush at weekends, and only if we have no household guests, since the spare bedroom is the designated spraying area. But after a two week modelling hiatus (thanks, Aussie 'flu!), I really wanted to start something new. I have only one P-47 model in the stash, and it's the Special Hobby reboxing (with added bits) of the Academy 1/72 P-47 bubbletop. The SH parts are intended to soup the base plastic up into a P-47M, with improved engine parts and airscrew, resin wheels and tanks, and a couple of PE parts. In the box it all looks rather neat: I've not photographed the Academy plastic - that's the SH sprue, resin, and decal sheet. All the P-47Ms served with the 56th Fighter Group, so the five decal options cover the three, wildly varied and unusual, schemes sported by the three constituent squadrons. My preference is for the blue/light blue markings of the 63rd FS, and Cpt Flagg's Darling Dottie, UN-F. The belly and leading edges are natural metal, which will be a first for me. Captain Flagg went on to serve in Korea, and then worked with NASA on the Gemini missions (and apparently also the early work on the Shuttle). I found some gun camera footage on Youtube that is apparently from Darling Dottie: Hopefully this won't be a taxing build, though I do need to double check my paint stocks. Thanks for looking in!
  8. Interesting, Stew, I'll follow along if I may? I really enjoyed and found your Emily WIP very educamational. Without the cowling, those sprue shots make it look positively Polikarpovesque.
  9. Jaime, you might consider permanently attaching the wing to the centreline supports before painting. They're pretty sturdy, and the side/angled struts can be temporarily fixed to get the correct alignment. Then remove the side struts as it's not too hard to work with them gone.
  10. Good masking, and nice priming, Ced. Nah, mine had no airflow yesterday, so I gave it a full dismantle and clean, and found significant dried paint to the rear of the trigger. No idea how it had accumulated all the way back there but it was a bear to clean out. And then the trigger can't have been properly seated in the air valve when I put it back together; the result: one very slightly bent needle.
  11. Absolutely in for this one, Johnny. My grandfather was an air gunner in a Lancaster squadron, and my other grandfather was ground crew, while my grandmother's first husband was one of the 55,574. So the heavies have a special meaning for me.
  12. From Failure to Failure

    Not too bad a kit; I butchered the paint job in the floatplane GB, but although its origins and age show, you can get a very recognisable Twotter out of the box.
  13. Interesting project! I'll be following along for sure. It's still at Hendon (saw it a few weeks ago). Yes, salvaged from several scrapped or part-destroyed airframes, plus newly fabricated parts. I'm not sure if the Brussels example is much different.
  14. Great news, Ian; I'm sure the three months will fly by.
  15. And skill, Giorgio... Echoing others, that's a really nice 'pit. The detail on the IP is remarkable given the scale.