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  1. Hello all, This is Academy's 1/72 P-47D Razorback painted in the markings of Lt. Donovan Smith's aircraft "Ole Cock". There were a few corrections made to the kit, most notably changing wingsides for the pitot tube from right to left; but other than that the kit is pretty good and the detail is very sharp. The kit was painted with gunze and real colors acrilycs, chipping fluid was used to weather the model. The aftermarket products used are PE for the interior, True Details wheels and a Master pitot tube, I also used a spare Tamiya P-47D propeller. The decals used are Hussar, part of their book Fighting units in color 56th Fighter Group part 1. Hope you enjoy!
  2. First finished from a twin Jugs build started a few weeks ago, here's my interpretation of a Colombian F-47D-30(?) based on Hasegawa's bubbletop kit in 1/48. SitRep F-47D-30 Fuerza Aerea Colombiana Madrid AB 1950's The end of the Second World War and the beginning of the Cold War saw the establishment by the United States of America of a succession of plans intended to provide modern military equipment under conditions for most of the allied nations, among them certain republics of South America. The Lend Lease program, which lasted somewhat after 1945, was succeeded by the American Republic Project (ARP) from 1946, then the best known Mutual Defense Assistance Program (MDAP) and its many variations or sub-programs. In terms of combat aircraft, the USAAF / USAF kept the P-51 Mustang, so the P-47D Thunderbolt was selected, and several dozen airframes belonging to blocks 30 to 40 were thus be used in several Latin American Air Force. The Fuerza Aerea Colombiana took possession of eight P-47Ds in July 1947, while the country had been more or less immersed in a state of civil war since 1946 (If this ended in 1947, it was in fact only the first period of unrest in a long series which continues until today, making today the FAC one of the most experienced air forces in terms of anti-guerrilla warfare). Twelve other machines were authorized for sale in 1948, and delivered in two batches during 1949. All Thunderbolts are assigned to a Caza Bombardero Squadron, based in Madrid AB. Thirteen machines were still operational in 1952, and considering the direct participation of a Colombian contingent in the fighting in Korea, a new sale of fourteen machines was decided. Eleven of them arrived en bloc in May 1953, "diverted" from a ferry flight to Chile at the express request of the USAF Chief of Mission in Bogota, while the last three were delivered in September 1954. But the hour of retirement sounded, and the eighteen remaining machines were permanently banned from flying in December 1955, replaced by T-33s and Sabres. Place aux photos.
  3. Inspired by my visit at Hendon I decided to built five British Thunderbolts. The two Mk I kits are Academy whereas the Mk IIs are built from an Academy, a Hasegawa and a Hobby Boss Kit. I just took every Thunderbolt that I still had in my stash and made good use of the XRTADECAL Thunderbolt sheet. Some of the drop tanks were sourced from Hasegawa P-38 kits. Each of the planes was brush painted. Thunderbolt Mk I HB492 D 135 Squadron based at Chittagong, India 1944 Thunderbolt Mk I HD648 NA C 146 Squadron based at Kumbhirgram, India 1944 Thunderbolt Mk II HD196 GQ B 134 Squadron, Burma 1945 Thunderbolt Mk II HD295 NA F 146 Squadron flown by Squadron Leader Weir based at Kumbhirgram, India 1944 Thunderbolt Mk II KL339 FL O 81 Squadron based at Kemajoram, Java 1946 CI MG2538 by Martin Pelz, on Flickr CIMG2537 by Martin Pelz, on Flickr CIMG2542 by Martin Pelz, on Flickr CIMG2539 by Martin Pelz, on Flickr CIMG2562 by Martin Pelz, on Flickr CIMG2551 by Martin Pelz, on Flickr CIMG2543 by Martin Pelz, on Flickr CIMG2576 by Martin Pelz, on Flickr CIMG2546 by Martin Pelz, on Flickr
  4. It's been a fair few months since I started a kit. So as winter approaches I thought I'd have a go at one of my favourite aircraft The Thunderbolt. I bought this kit from Trumpeter back in early Summer and decided it was the next project to start. The last build I did was a Tempest V as a tribute build. I've not made a Trumpeter kit before but I'm quite impressed with the quality. Rubber tyres, fair to good mouldings, PE parts all included. I've never done any PE work before so this is going to be a nice learning process. The kit has a lot of internal supercharger parts which are totally hidden. I've made these up but I won't paint them. For this model I want to concentrate on the visible side. Photos to follow very soon! Regards, Andy Anyway here's some photos of my progress so far. Not sure why they decided to model all this hidden detail? Nice to know it's there I guess! The instructions for the engine were a little confusing. But I decided to paint it after a fashion anyway. my first attempt at PE seat belts. I think they look pretty ok and I enjoyed doing them! The front end will have to have a lot of fettling to sit nicely and allow the fuselage halves to come together within tolerance. Its not a Tamiya kit of course but I'm still impressed with the quality of the mouldings . Not that much flash. If I was designing the kit I think I'd have done some things differently. One thing is the clear plastic cowling. Nice to have I guess if you'd like to display the engine detail but I think it is going to be a bit brittle and difficult to paint. Might have to very gently key the glossy surface first. I do like the rubber tyres. It's always hard to get a really nice delineation between the metal of wheel rims Andre the rubber. Hopefully this approach with the tyres slipped on will look very precise!
  5. I didn't manage much modelling in 2021 and both completed models were for other people. They were a 1/48 scale Airfix Spitfire Vb and a 1/72 scale Revell P-47D Thunderbolt in Burma markings ( see below ). Not much, but read on, I haven't been idle!!! Now for the reasons/excuses! I spent January packing up the contents of my house, ready to move house in February. February was spent stripping out all the machines, tools, benches and units from my existing workshop. The house move happened late February. March was spent rebuilding my workshop in the new house, in a room around 20ft square ( bar one corner taken up by another room ). I also made a little photo studio and display area in a cloakroom cupboard. The workshop was first so I had somewhere to make mess while working on the house. April was felling a number of trees to tame the garden and April and May were decorating and re-plumbing the utility rooms, the office and guest room. June was started as decorating my daughter's bedroom, but which ended up being gutted with new ceiling fitted and plastering. July was fitting out shelving and storage in the garage. Some of August was a short holiday. During September and October, I took a break from major work on the house ( though it continued ) to strip down my 1/1 scale Flying Control Dodge Weapon Carrier and repaint it back to standard olive drab finish in order to get it in the garage. I'd hoped that the builders I'd booked would have modified the garage doors by September, but I'm still waiting! November I was back in the house, finishing my daughter's bedroom having got the electrics and plastering finished and also started to add another 8 inches of insulation in the main loft ( 14 x 14 metres ). Then in December, I was back on the Dodge for part 2 of the work, building an A-Frame crane in the rear. That was finished on Christmas morning, after present opening and before in the in-laws arrived. So there you go, a really busy year! I hope those are reasonable excuses for my lack of plastic activity. At least I was still building, even if most of it was at 1/1 scale!!! Now the pictures..... Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Vb Revell 1/72 P-47 Thunderbolt My new workshop, before and after pics. The mini photo studio and display area. The Flying Control Dodge at the new house. As it stood, it was too tall to fit through the garage door. I'd booked some builders to fix that problem and I'm still waiting as of January 2022. The Dodge WC51 stripdown. Stripping off the old paint. First side done. Then the truck was turned around to work on the second side. Quite a bit of welding was needed here and there to patch areas rusted through with new metal. Starting the repaint into olive drab. Painting was completed late October and it was out for the November Remembrance services on the 11th and 14th. Building the crane in the back of the Dodge. The jib winch. Crane head, ready to be welded in place. Ready for painting. A chain hoist is used for the lifting. Finally, complete and out for a photoshoot on December 30th.
  6. Here I have my build of the Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt in 1/48th scale. I used exclusively Tamiya paints on this build and I must say the went down a treat. I thinned my paints with Mr Colour self levelling thinner with a mixture of ratios depending what area of the aircraft I was spraying. I choose to attempt this entire model free hand and I love the way it turned out. The kit itself was a treat to assemble and require no filler or sanding for that matter. I went with the "Little Chief" paint scheme, with is an Olive drab and Neutral Grey scheme. This aircraft was flown by Lieutenant Frank Kibbe, of the 56th FG. The only real downside of this kit was the Tamiya decals. They are extremely thick and only with the assistance of Tamiya Mark Fit Super Strong was I able to get them into a presentable state. I would more than appreciate the criticism and critique any of you guys may have as I'm very new to this great hobby. Regards
  7. This Tamiya 1/48 P-47D was a storage queen. Construction of this kit began more than 10 years ago. Soon after starting, I broke off the tail wheel, lower fuel tank and sway braces. Silvering affected many of the decals, especially the national insignia. Unhappy with the results, I shelved the partially built model for many years. I could not get motivated enough to fix the broken sway braces, strip off the decals and reapply them. This project survived the cut when I disposed of most of my model collection years ago. The model and parts were eventually boxed up and survived a number of moves and long term storage. Recently, I resolved to finish or dispose of my collection of started and abandoned projects, starting with those nearest to completion. This OOB P-47D was first in the queue with what I thought would be the least effort to finish. After a few hours of tedious masking and painting, most of the silvering was gone. Some remained, but I no longer had the will to do more. The sway braces were fabricated and the fuel tank replaced. The cockpit canopy was masked and painted. After some touch-up painting and an application of matte varnish, the model was done. Looks good from a few feet away. A model for our current personal standoff distance. Thank you for taking the time to look. Now on to the older 1/48 Hellcat II project! Don
  8. After asking the BM community for painting suggestions about two years ago, this Razorback is now done. Probably could have improved it a bit more, but I'm calling this one finished. Enjoy! Luka
  9. Hi All, My recently completed model Academy 1:48th scale (kit number 12222) flown by Lt. Col Francis Gabreski of the 61st Fighting Squadron, Boxted, England June 20, 1944. For more about the Francis Gabreski here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabby_Gabreski It was a love and hate approach with this model. It started very well, but did not end up so well. The Academy kit included decals that needed to be rubbed off from the transfer sheet on to the surface of a model and they didn't transfer very well. Although they have been printed by the Cartograf. I have added photo etched seat belts, wiring on the engine I have used a copper wire and some plastic to add some details on the engine and inside cockpit to look more busy. The round bracket that keeps the engine I cut out from plastic sheet and added to the model. The kit has been painted with Tamiya acrylic paints, camouflage and cockpit gauges painted freehand, invasion stripes on the wings painted as well except invasion stripes on the fuselage. I have not painted included in the kit figurine of the pilot because my modelling mojo left me... All comments are welcome Thanks Seb IMG_4402 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4401 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4400 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4399 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4398 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4396 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4395 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4414 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4413 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4412 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4411 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4410 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4409 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4408 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4407 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4416 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4417 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr IMG_4418 by PilotPL PilotPL, on Flickr
  10. Republic P-47D Thunderbolt - WZ-P - No.226551 As flown by Lt.Col. Benjamin Mayo, 84th FS, 78th FG, Duxford Air Base, 1944 Kit: 1/48 Tamiya "Bubbletop" Paints: Citadel, Humbrol and Revell - all applied by brush. Built mostly OOB apart from a few bits of scratch-built plastic and wire in the cockpit and wheel wells. This was built as part of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt STGB Work In Progress: Here This build represents a number of firsts for me. It's the first non-Spitfire aircraft build since getting back into making kits again a few years back (I'm not counting the Captain Scarlet Angel's Interceptor here!). I'm pretty sure I only made one American aircraft when I was a child which, I think, was a Hellcat. This is also the first time I have attempted a brush painted NMF on such a large area. With regards the NMF paint - I got a lot of advice from fellow Britmodellers, thank you, and did some practicing on some scrap bits before deciding to use Citadel's Runefang Steel - I've not really used much Citadel paint in the past either. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed building this kit - it is a well detailed kit and the fit is excellent. Some photos: The detail in the cockpit was excellent but I couldn't get any decent photos yesterday so here are a few from during the build: Photos of the undersides added 04/04/16: Edit 04/04/16: I have now added some photos of the detail on the undersides (above). I'll also do some more B&W versions when I get chance. Edit - B&W photos added 09/04/16 As always: comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  11. Hi All; Here's my recently completed P-47. I was quite happy with how it turned out though I did bugger up a couple of things, and to be honest I lost my nerve in the end on going all out on the weathering. Critiques are always welcome, cheers; Mark.
  12. Hello to everyone! I am trying to collect information about a specific aircraft belonging to the 509th Fighter Squadron, 405th Fighter Group. This P-47 Razorback was specifically the "Jabo" its serial number was 42-25990 and its code G9-U His nose art was a black coyote (? with red boxing gloves. here's the only picture I could find about this aircraft on the internet. This Fighter squadron had some interesting nose arts. A closer look at the nose art: Now here's where the questions Begin: First of all, I have some discrepancies about the actual pilot name of this aircraft In this website: http://wing.chez-alice.fr/USAAF/405th_FG/Pilots_&_Nose_Arts_509th_FS.html It says that the pilot was 1st Lt. William Hartmann Later in this other website ( http://p-47.database.pagesperso-orange.fr/Database/42-2xxxx.htm ) says that the pilot's name was Robert Hartmann And for last but not least, I have a 1/18 scale p-47 of this exact aircraft, and it says that the pilot's name is Lt. Bob Hartmann which is short for Robert The thing is that I couldn't find any information about this pilot or who he was. The only thing that matches is the Lastname, also I don't even know if those bombing marks and downed planes are correct. I also found the correct decal sheet for this aircraft in 1/48 scale here American Jabo`s P47 Thunderbolt Part V (405FG) but I can't see any details because of the quality of the image. If someone can help me find the information I need, or know something more about this specific aircraft and the FS I will be more than pleased. Thank you Also just a little picture of me next to the 1/18 aircraft, just for fun. -René
  13. If you're not fans of the FG- you should be! Here is a neat collection of P-47 and P-51 photos with nose art from the 4th FG website. You can sure see the pride the ground crew had in their charges on their faces in the photos. I hope you enjoy looking at them. Mike http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/nose-art-gallery.html
  14. Hi all - here's my latest - The Tamiya 1/72 P-47D bubbletop. Like the razorback version, it's a very nice kit and gave hardly any trouble construction wise. I used a decal set from Lifelike decals to portray this lovely example of the jug - Beside wanting to build another Jug, this was an experiment in using Alclad metal paints - as I have quite a few NMF kits in the stash. This will be the first of many if all goes to plan. I think it came out okay - pretty much the finish I was after but still far from my ideal - I learned alot on this build so I'm hoping the next will be better. I used an eduard pe set on the cockpit, I used a Falcon clear vax canopy after I accidentally stood on the kit one . Tamiya Acrylics were used for the non-metal surface bits, AK enamel washes, pigments and oil paints for the weathering. The WIP is here: Thanks for looking...! Comments are welcome. Cheers John
  15. Another one for the shiny corner: The lovely Revell 1/72 Jug. Finished in Alclad and Mr Hobby as usual with decals from a Skys Models sheet. A quickish build with no issues, maybe 3-4 hours total at a gentle pace. The pilot came from the excellent Revell RAF pilots set. Got a really mean angle on the stand and looky, for all those folks who keep making the same comments about drones, a pilot! And not because of your complaining either, next batch of paid for builds all requested pilots so its market forces Most pleased with how "box art" this looks- each to his own but, boy, do overweathered planes squatting forlornly on their wheels look boring to me, what is the point of making a fast, sleek (ish) airplane and turning it into a three wheeled ground vehicle? I suppose it's mostly to do with the fact I'm up in something two or three times a week these days and parked planes excite me as much as parked tricycles WIP: And onto the beauty shots... 2019 is shaping up nicely with 8 builds done. Well back to the bench, its getting an equally shiny P-51D playmate that isn't going to build itself. Cheery byes Anil
  16. Finally - what feels like forever I have something to post. I seem to have been constantly doing bits and pieces in the background but haven't managed to get anything completed for months. The model I've managed to get finished is Revell's 1/72 P-47 D-30 Thunderbolt. There were 2 options in the box so I opted for P-47 - 28 - RE GC II/5 Lafayette, Armee de L'air, Amberien, France 1944 - I thought it would be good to do something a bit different from the usual American schemes. The model itself was excellent and went together without any hassles - the only real issue being the silvery plastic the model is moulded in which becomes annoying when you have to sand it as you end up with two different coloured plastics making it difficult to check seam lines etc. For a 1/72 model - there is plenty of detail which shows up nicely with washes and weathering. I've probably gone a bit overboard with photos so apologies in advance. Feedback is always welcome so please let me know what you think.
  17. Hello all; Here's my finished Jug for your perusal. I made about as many mistakes and miscalculations as it's possible to make in painting and marking this one. The full story and many more pictures of the debacle(!) can be found within the build article on my website. It's build as a workhorse of the 365th Fighter Bomber Group and was intended to be weathered as such. Overall I think it turned out ok as a reasonable representation of my subject and my ability. Some of it I'm really happy with and some of it I just decided I would have live with because I couldn't face the third, fourth, fifth [seventh!] touch-up or re-paint. Among a lot of things, the eagle-eye among you will spot the missing pitot tube - it has been installed, just not before I took the pics! Anyway, I did start (but failed to keep up with) a WIP thread, so here's the result.
  18. Hi all, I really shouldn't be adding another model to the production line when there are so many already there, but I can't let a P-47 group build go by without trying to contribute something. However, between the other builds and the unfortunate timing (by far my busiest period at work starts now), I'm not going to stretch myself. So I've opted to buy a simple kit in the form of Academy's P-47D Razorback: I've never built a Razorback before in any scale but I have recently built this kit's sibling via the Special Hobby P-47M boxing and found the build to be pretty painless, so I don't anticipate any difficulties with this. My preference is to build "Miss Behave" of the 355FG, but I can't find decals in 1/72, so I'm going for "Kansas Tornado II" using decals from Kagero: Never done a NMF finish with invasion stripes before, could be interesting. I believe there's some uncertainty over the cowling colour, but I rather like the idea of a black or blue-black colour as shown in the Kagero profile, rather than the more blue finish sometimes seen. I hope I can do it justice!
  19. I used Tamiya (No:70) kit. Actually it is a D-25 variant. I modified the fuselage to convert it to D-30 which was used in Turkish Air Force service. Decals are from Tigerhead Decals. I build this for the son of a P-47 pilot. The base is not completed yet. All comments are ok. Thanks for looking. Çetin
  20. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Tamiya P-47D in markings of 509th Fighter Squadron, 405th Fighter Group, Belgium 1945, flown by Lt. James R. Hopkins. Built from the box with addition of Montex decals (K72008), painted with Tamiya & Gunze acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks for your interest! Best greetings from Vienna, Austria. Roman
  21. Hi all,I started on the 1/48th P-47D Thunderbolt just over a week ago and I've managed to get a fair way with it. There's enough superfluities around for this kit as it has been around for almost twenty years. It's going to be built as 'The Reamer' as flown by Captain Jack H. Reams of the 347th FS, 350th FG.This is what I've managed to get done. Additions so far are the Eduard Super fabric seatbelt and the Quickboost engine. Main paints are painted in Mr Color zinc chromate for the cockpit and yellow chromate for the wheel bays. Once the seams are sorted and the fin is installed it'll be onto priming, hopefully today. Cheers, Mick
  22. Greetings from Texas, y'all! Just stumbled upon this very neat photo collection that shows the 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron and its P-47's. They flew war-weary, time-expired Jugs that were fitted with dinghy packs and smoke float markers either under the rear fuselage or under one inner wing section. All carried the red-white-blue cowling bands, yellow ID bands on the fin, stabilizers and on the inner wings and wingtips, and many had' WW' painted above the serial on the fin; no two were identical, it seems- some had 4, 6, or 8 guns; some had the standard or asymmetrical paddle-blade prop; some had Malcolm hoods; some had an ADF mount behind the canopy, and at least one was stripped of paint to bare metal. Right before D-Day, they received their invasion stripes, which covered all or a portion of the inner yellow band. Lots of variety possible here for modeling subjects, and if you were lucky, you were able to get the 1/48 resin set of smoke markers and dinghy packs from Loon Models. I have also included the link to 5th ERS Jugs from the 8th AF Little Friends website. Hoping you haven't seen these before or will enjoy looking at them. Cheers! Mike http://www.americanairmuseum.com/unit/1281 http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery.php?Group=5ers
  23. Hello friends, here's another completed models this year. The plane used in the Yugoslav Air Force after World War II, until the beginning of the 60s.
  24. REPUBLIC P-47D THUNDERBOLT Hello! This is my 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt finished in the markings of 1st Lt. Raymond Knight, 346th FS/350th FG,USAAF. This airframe was based in Pisa, Italy in 1945. You can see the WIP posts and more pics of the finished build on my blog: http://thescalemodelhangar.blogspot.co.uk Happy Modelling! Darren.
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