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Oddball

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  1. Oddball

    Beast from the east, T-34

    That's fantastic, I don't think I've ever seen a more realistic snow effect!
  2. I know, it's been irritating the life out of me, it's way too bulbous. Well I decided to take the dremel for a spin (arf arf), and after some careful work I reckon I've got the shape almost right. It's only attached with bluetac in the picture, I wanted to make sure it looked right before I permanently attached it. Just need to pick up some ocean grey and medium sea grey and I can start painting. This'll actually be the first build I've ever done in that colour scheme.
  3. Opened up the chin slot for the radiator flap a little more, and stuck the wings to the sides. Almost seamless, but there are a couple of small gaps waiting to be filled. The work I put in on the wingroots has really paid off, they're almost exactly flush. I've also cut out slots for the wingtip marker lights and using clear sprue which will be sanded down then polished, hopefully they'll come up nicely. Those resin exhaust pipes look lovely, so much nicer than the kit parts.
  4. It was a tempting prospect I must admit, I was even thinking about getting some resin ones, but then I'd have to get new wheels and gear legs, the gear doors have a peg to glue the wheels to, no legs at all. The only aftermarket I've bought for it is the quickboost exhaust pipes, as the ones I tried to scratch came out horribly. Plus I've never actually built a wheels up kit in all my years of modelling. Slight disaster, I've just realised the slot for the radiator flap that I cut out is a bit too short. Corrections will be made shortly.
  5. Whew, it's been a fair old while. Sorry for the lack of progress updates, work has been rammed solid over the festive season. Haven't had a minute to myself in ages. So things are once again progressing fairly smoothly. I've managed to get the fuselage halves together, all that cutting and measuring paid off, the "radiator" only needed a small adjustment, the cockpit fits like it was included in the box. I've added a bit of plastic sheet behind the seat armour, as that bit is completely open on the kit, instead of being a part of the fuselage, and I needed to add a little plastic to the exhaust openings as they were slightly too long. The halves also went together with minimal sanding, there was a very small seam here and there, but honestly I've seen worse fit on a few more recent kits. I've filled the few gaps with putty, and once it's cured I'll be sanding down and then hopefully putting the wings on.
  6. That looks lovely! Especially the chequering on the nose. I'm assuming you had to do it by hand, I can't imagine a decal sticking to that complex surface.
  7. Oddball

    P47M Thunderbolt

    They do build up rather nicely, well worth the money and time if you ask me.
  8. Oddball

    P47M Thunderbolt

    Well that's what I thought, but the instructions call for adding the fin only for the 63rd fighter squadron option. It seems that this particular aircraft wasn't fitted with the fin (and I've seen pictures of another 62nd aircraft without it as well, plus one from the 63rd), I'm assuming that Revell have done their research properly, as the other two I've seen without the fin are fairly close in serial numbers.
  9. This is Revell's 1/72 P47M, built completely OOB, painted with a mix of Tamiya for the uppers and Alclad for the aluminium underside, small details picked out with Revell enamels. Weathered with thinned Tamiya washes and Tamiya weathering sets. The decals are Revell's own and they were a bit of a pain, a little too thick to sit well but after lashings of micro set/sol, they finally behaved themselves.
  10. Work progresses at a blistering pace! Well not really, I wish I could really get down to an all weekend modelling bender like in the old days before responsibility and parenthood and all that jazz. Ah well, roll on retirement! Anyway, adding what looks like a gun button to the control column, and I've almost sorted the wing roots now. I'll need to see them in primer to make sure but I think they're good to go. First coat of interior green has been slathered on with a hairy stick and is in the process of drying. Mmm not quite, here's another pic, it's starting to take form now.
  11. You're spot on there. This is the underside of the wings, as you can see there are two slots for the undercarriage doors should you wish to model it gear down, but that's it. No other detail whatsoever. Now, my biggest headache by far was always going to be the wingroots. They are way too thick, leaving a massive ridge all around the wing base when it is attached. It also seems that the slots for the wing insets are just the slightest bit too far back and high. However, it's proving to be not quite the nightmare I was imagining. Some careful use of a sanding stick and assorted round files and we're looking much better. As you can see, the left has been reprofiled, compared to the original on the right. And what's this? A thing with some things. All will become clear with time.
  12. Yep, she is a golden oldie, but I'm hoping with a little perseverence and a nice lick of paint she'll still turn some heads. We shall see. As regards to the undercarriage, there is no detail whatsoever. The wings are molded with the doors closed, with two slots to place the seperate doors if you want to do a gear down example. I was going to open them up and add the bays but I have a cunning plan for doing an "in flight" presentation, something I haven't done before. So where are we up to now? The cockpit is more or less done, dry fitting shows that precious little will be seen already so adding any more detail would be pointless. I could go down the "I know it's there" route, but I won't. The RP's have been removed from their rails and a couple of new ones cobbled together from 1mm rod (the real ones are 3in so close enough) and some HVAR's I had in the spares box. And I've made a start on the control column.
  13. Middling progress, the beginnings of a cockpit going together from sheet and rod. I'm not too worried about the finer details, the canopy glass is so thick it'll probably blur everything anyway. And I've cut away the rear of the radiator cowl and started scribing the flap. Or I may add a new one from sheet depending how it looks.
  14. I picked this kit up as part of a random bundle online, worked out it cost me about a quid, which in modern terms is probably about 50p more than it's worth. It's a reboxing of the old (old old OLD) Frog kit, with some fresh decals, no interior, and bits missing. And terrible fit, and terrible detail. But, it's a kit, therefore it can be built. I'll try my best to correct as much of the fit issue as I go, and add a rudimentary seat and instrument panel. And I'll need to scratch the radiator as that part is missing. So, let us see what can be done. I've put the wings together, cut off all the locator pegs on the fuselage as they were slightly off centre, and added a plastic disc to the rear of the spinner as there was a bit of a size difference between it and the nose. Now on to the seat. Maybe it's just me, but the red on the decals seems just a little too bright, or slightly the wrong shade, what do you guys reckon?
  15. Whoops, can I have this moved to the aircraft section please, since I'm a dozy bugger.....
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