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  1. So after seeing a RFI on a P-47, now I need to build one. Been a long time and I haven't gotten to try a Tamiya version yet. Built two of the Hasegawa kits many years ago. This will be a bit down the road yet, but wanted to get my ducks in a row prior to starting. Always wanted to build this one after seeing the nose art! So the old Aeromaster sheet says this is a P-47C-5. Which seems to jive with Joe Baugher's list online. P-47C-5, 4 FG / 336 FS by Jim Fox, on Flickr As you can see in the pic below it does seem to fit the P-47D-5 description. Does NO
  2. Regardless, still a great looking build. Jumping into my first two Hobby Boss builds..............and they are rough kits. Nothing like Tamiya, Eduard or Hasegawa. Think the few AMT kits I've built were better.
  3. Got some work done on the structure forward of the firewall, plus the cockpit done. Eduard PE set for the cockpit and Ultracast Seat w/ Sutton Harness. I think most of the PE survived with the exception of the rudder pedals and maybe a handle or two. I have since adjusted the yellow tank, just didn't retake pictures. HobbyBoss kits certainly are nothing like Tamiya, Eduard or Hasegawa. Giant sprue attachment points, questionable location references, etc. Sorry for the heavily cropped pictures. HobbyBoss F4F-3A / Martlet III Cockpit by J
  4. Look at my username...............seems like I need to do one or two. Especially since I didn't make it on time with my two builds in the last P-51 STGB. I'll jump in with at least 1.............and see how the bench looks with a 2nd (possibly).
  5. Dang, some of your guys gotta slow down and let the rest of us catch up!
  6. I'll order the set recommended for Tamiya. Think the Falcon set is recommended for Monogram.
  7. Wowzers! Nicely done! Hope my HB F4F-3 Early turns out 1/4 nice as that! Whose Vac Canopy did you use? Since I am converting it to a Martlet III I need to replace the canopy. Which I can steal from the Late kit, but then I would need something for that down the road. Looked at the Falcon Vac that I have, not sure it's going to fit. Was the Cro-mangnon man on the tail a later add? I built a Jim Sweet Wildcat, but don't have it on mine.
  8. That would be awesome James! Very much appreciated. But you'd be sending it across the pond! Granted it's not a big package. What do I owe you?
  9. Essentially............I used Uhu tack. Had some old blue poster tack, but it was at least 10 yrs old. Seen several references to Uhu so I gave it a whirl. Judging by the only picture I found, that was my conclusion too. Not Davidson in this pic.
  10. Here is my Hasegawa 1/48 Hawker Typhoon Mk Ib Tear Drop Canopy build. This was a in-betweener. Something to work on in-between the main builds. Really didn't weather this one up too much and the photo I've seen of her is rather clean. The details... Ultracast Wheels Ultracast Exhaust Ultracast Intake Quickboost Seat Quickboost Gun Barrels Bits and pieces of Aires Cockpit kit bashed into the kit cockpit (I liked the separate structure of the kit) Hasegawa 1/48 Hawker Typhoon Ib by Jim Fox, on Flickr
  11. Think I am going to have to come up with my own. Decals were made, but I haven't found any to purchase. Probably K or X like in this image. Their is debate whether there was an in between stage of just the upper/lower colors and camo upper and single color lower. Not sure which one yet. 33 Malakal. O has trouble by Crumple Zone, on Flickr
  12. Here is the beginnings of the 1/48 HobbyBoss F4F-3 "Early" conversion to the F4F-3a / Martlet III purchased by the Greek Purchasing Commission and then turned over to the Royal Navy. I'll steal the canopy from the "Late" kit for this. - Master Pitot - Eduard Cockpit PE - Eduard Canopy Mask Only thing still awaiting from the mail is the Ultracast Seat w/ Sutton Harness. Beginnings of the F4F-3a Conversion - MTO Theatre. by Jim Fox, on Flickr
  13. Specifically bought for paint drying. Don't recall if it was during the SWMBO phase or after.
  14. Back before I started using Tamiya and Mr Color, all I used was enamels. I sped up all my drying with a Food Dehydrator on the lowest setting.
  15. That's what I've used in the past for antenna wire and a little rigging of the Roden Junkers D.1. Doesn't have to be tight......just a little heat and it tightens up.
  16. Thank you! I had to try.......don't do a lot of fancy PE stuff, gotta try to hone my skills a bit. But I also lack patience, so that's tough with PE.
  17. 1/48 HobbyBoss Mig-17F Fresco F (Vietnam GB) Eduard PE Cockpit set Eduard Canopy masks Master Pitot/Gun Barrels Quickboost Ejection Seat Armory Wheels 1/48 Eduard Mig-21MF Profi-Pack 1/48 Roden O-1 Bird Dog (gonna be a Raven bird, maybe for Vietnam GB if I can get one of the others done) Eduard Brassin LAU-3 Rocket pods (arriving in a few days) 1/48 HobbyBoss F4F-3 Early (MTO GB) Eduard PE Cockpit Set Eduard Canopy Masks Master Pitot Tube
  18. Very nice! What did you use for rigging? Got a Stearman sitting here for most of the year scared of rigging it.
  19. When you look at some pics, their is a bit more stuff in there...........doesn't seem nearly as roomy.
  20. Pit is mostly done. Won't put the seat ?grab handle? on until later. Cut too much off the resin block for the seat, so it's just propped up in their now. I'll place it properly when we are down the road on this build. Only thing missing is the pedals. I messed with them for a bit, trying to roll them into a circle, said no one is going to see it anyway and said the heck with it. Quickboost seat At least on this one, Ultracast stuff is nicer. But still a very nice molded seat, none the less. Eduard PE Cockpit set. Misinterpreted the instructions and instead of just sanding
  21. She's up on wheels, we are getting close. BUT NEED YOUR OPINION!!!!! My thinking with the tail wheel was to show it like it turned into it's resting place. On the first pick I think it looks fine, but in the second pic I think it looks really odd, like some Gomer didn't know what he was doing. But to move it means it's probably break, so may need to pin. What do you think? Also not sure how much weathering I will do. Based on the last image, she didn't look to beat up or dirty. Concur? Hawker Typhoon Mk IIb by Jim Fox, on Flickr
  22. I'll be honest, this Malta theater is new for me. When the Spitfire STGB came up I just started looking for something different. I am also working on a Hawker Typhoon and didn't want to do a typical Spitfire scheme. I try to find, but not always, unique schemes or markings and when I saw the blue Spitfires I knew I had to do one.
  23. Pay attention to the details! Sand off the surface detail like the Eduard PE instructions say, don't remove the whole blob! Cut the resin seat off at the appropriate spot..........now gotta make a spacer. This thing is off to a great start..............sigh. Fortunately those mess ups are hard to see in the cockpit one closed up! Onward and upward I hope!
  24. She is finished..............posted it in the RFI aircraft section. Here is a teaser photo though.
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