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  1. Hi folks. Just wrapped up MiniArt's inaugural aircraft kit as 'Hairless Joe', Col. David Schilling's 56th FG ride. 🙂 TTFN Steve
  2. Hi there, This is the last in line, build for a last minute challenge a few days before the Day (13 days, IIRC) Silver Lady was flown in combat by several pilots of 61st FS/56th FG, and was credited with more than a few victories. Among them, Gabreski, with five. I hope you'll like it!
  3. Yay, blitzbuild! It isn't a long weekend here in Canada, but I think I can still manage a great escape build. I'll raid my large stash of small kits again. How about a P-47? In the markings of Imperial Iran? Nice!
  4. Hi! I haven't written here for a while, I haven't built anything in 2023 and I started this model in January of this year. What I show you is a P47D-25 Thunderbolt belonging to the 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group within the Eighth US Air Force based in Duxford, England. This is the Tamiya Bubbletop in 1/48 scale, the box is the one that also includes a little tiny Jeep.. I used Eduard's Space set for the cockpit, Brassin wheels and Quickboost engine. Colors used: Alclad and AK Extreme metallics, Tamiya and Hobby Color 3D printed PSP The model on his base
  5. Hey all, This is Tamiya's P-47D 'Razorback', an instant classic from the early 2000s. Like many others, I've had a strong affinity towards this aircraft for a long time. Somehow, the brutal look of the aircraft is met with some amazing lines, to create what in my eyes is a true thoroughbred aircraft. I've always had an interest in the Eighth Air Force during the Second World War as I live in East Anglia and have a number of former airbases right on my doorstep. Additionally, with my job I'm constantly all over the six traditional counties that make up the East of England. To be able to step out of my door and be right in the history has always driven an obsession interest with the 'Mighty Eighth'. The aircraft I've depicted is from the 355th Fighter Group, based at RAF Steeple Morden, which is just on the outskirts of Royston, sort of close to the borders of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire but in fact in Cambridgeshire. The air base was originally a satellite for RAF Bassingbourne before being handed over the the USAAC in mid-1943. The kit fell together, as do Tamiya kits, so no need to cover already well documented ground. The only thing i did add was an Eduard LooK set which includes a drop in resin instrument panel and seatbelts, the only two additions really needed IMO. I painted the aircraft with Mr. Colour Acrylics, and weathered with oils. The decals are from Furball Aero-design, of which their 'Colors and Markings of P-47s Part 1' includes 20 different schemes for the P-47 in the ETO and MTO, and though the stencils are included, I used the kits stencils and national insignia. This means I can use the decals again for later projects! Thanks for looking, Sam
  6. Hello all, I’m looking for photographic confirmation of these artists’ renditions of the P-47D “Hau’lin A.s II” of the 365 FG in 1945. Pilot: 1st Lt James McWhorter. What puzzles me is that apparently it’s the same plane but the serials are different: 44-33446 vs 44-19791 .What do you think? Your opinion is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your help, Cheers, Quang
  7. My apologies for a very last minute entry for the GB, but for a number of reasons this is the first model that I have picked up for several weeks and with a few projects abandoned mid-build, it could be regarded as a mojo restorer. I am hoping that this quick build will get me back into the swing of things and push me to completing those too. Anyway here are the photos of the bag and its contents. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr Off to wash the parts before making a start now. John
  8. Dear Gents, I am planning to build 1:48th scale Tamiya Razorback with Loon Models's rescue dinghy and smoke markers. But cant be sure on dinghy attachment point to main pylons on wings. I appreaciate any help. Thanks for reading my message! The Flogger Here, a pic of rare blown canopy thunderbolt. You see Dinghy attached with racks to the pylon On 2nd picture, I couldnt see racks, seems like dinghy attached directly to the pylon.. Perhaps my eyes failing me but that is what I see..
  9. Just a place holder for the next couple of weeks. Jane and I are on our honeymoon, currently bobbing across the North Sea on a cruise to the Norwegian fjords. It's a bit lumpy out there at the moment Inspired by @danbuoy's Formation Monitor build, I thought I would do something similar. I'll be using Tamiya's 1/48 P-47D Razorback, which I have never before built but which is well-known and well-regarded. My subject will be 42-8567 "The Snoop" - NMF which will also be a first for me. Many thanks for looking in! Cheers, Mark EDIT The build starts here.
  10. Hi All, it's a bit late to be kicking off another build in this GB, but inspired by the other White Tails I couldn't resist starting one of my own. I haven't quite decided on my subject. 42-22324 "Sleepy Time Gal" is a firm favourite with its gorgeous Varga Girl nose art is a firm favourite, although I may plump for a lesser-known subject. It depends on the quality of the available decals for STG! Either way, the subject will need to be a later Razorback with the short-chord lower cooling gills, as I can't be bothered with modifying them The kit will once again be Tamiya's lovely 1/48 Razorback, and the finish will of course be faded Olive Drab over Neutral Gray, with the white tail feathers and wing leading edge theatre markings. The cowling may or may not also be white depending on my final choice of subject. More soon! Mark
  11. Seasoned green things Britmodellers 🌟 I recently finished this Revell bubbletop Thunderbolt, Hamilton prop and rocket tubes came from an Academy Razorback. Thanks for watching! Luka
  12. With the release of Miniarts P-47 kit, it's time to build Tamiya's 1/48 kit out of the stash. Partially out of the box, just rivetted, wired the engine and brake lines, added the feed lines on the belly tank, a standby gunsight, and an Ultracast seat. Finished with Tamiya acrylics, and Techmod decals. Thanks for looking, Colin Build log: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235131366-p-47d-25-gabby-gabreski/
  13. Hi everyone, I got this kit in 1977 and it has been buried ever since. Time for this classic plastic to see the light of day again. So here it is, in all its (rough) splendor. I am in good company, as Pat, aka @JOCKNEY happens to build the same. Osmosis at its best. Not sure which scheme I will do, assuming I can reach that point! Here are a few photos: I have these few after market goodies, but I am wondering if that may not be like giving jam to pigs. Although I love pigs... I may go with the Yahu IP... Have fun. JR
  14. Hi folks, I'm late to the party with this one I'm afraid. Times just got away from me and this STGB had crept up without me realising. Anyway, thank you to @Corsairfoxfouruncle and @81-er for the greenlight to throw my hat into the ring as I really wanted to enter something into this GB as the P-47 is one of my favourite warbirds. So after a root around in my stash, I decided to go for this one: I've made a start and good progress so far - pics to follow shortly. Hopefully I'll be able to get cracking and be able to get her finished in time as I'm not renowned for being the quickest of builders 🤞 Good luck to everyone with their builds too - looking forward to seeing them all in the gallery. Kris
  15. My possible final one, 1/48 Monogram P-47D Razorback [/url If theres time I may try to do one more, a the Superbolts sibling, the XP-47H . But I', still wrapping my head around doing that on. It's a Poor resin casting that will need ALOT of work before even attempting assembly. So I'll start with the "easy" ones first.
  16. Hi there! Third or fourth F-47D for this year... and maybe not the last! This one belong to IIAF, back in the fifties. Building it was quite nice, I like the Hasegawa kit even if it's one or two level below Tamiya's. I just don't like the fit of the .50 battery, quite difficult to make them point in the same direction. Each time I tell myself that I've got to figure out something to make it right for the next build, and each time I fail to do so. I've had some big problems too with the decals (Tiger head I think). It's the first time I use them, and it'll be the last. Whatever, I'm happy to have finished, let's have a look to the pictures!
  17. 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
  18. Built the Kinetic 1/24 P-47D finally, back in 2021. Thought at the time, I'd also add a bit of Mastebox 1/24 'Pin-Up' Theme to go with it. Not sure my Pin-Up girl is quite 'Pin-Up' though? My First attempt on Female figure painting and it's not as easy i'd thought it might be. Not sure her lipstick is too convincing. P-47D needed a lot of mods to get the Main Gear alignment to be correct. Kinetic Model if built OOB would have massive toe-in which looks very wrong. I did use aftermarket resin tires and metal barrels for the 8 x .50 MGs
  19. Hi guys, here's my lattest! On 7th november 1943, Lt William Roach from 355th FG/358th FS is on an escort mission for 9th AF B -26s targeting Montdidier and Melun, and he flies his P-47D-2-RA serial 42-22490 coded YF*U « Beetle ». When times come for 352nd FG to step in as escort in place of 355th, they're late and 355th keep on keeping on... At last they're relieved and next they're on their way to UK. But the thing is, they've a 90 to 100 Kt upwind, and a low layer of clouds that hide the ground. Some time latter, still with his leader Walter Kossack, but low on fuel and believing that they're on the other side of the Channel, they've to get down under the cloud layer. They succeed, and it appears that if Cossack made a wheels-up landing in a field, Roach gives the German their first flyable (not too sure about that) P-47 . They're still in France, near Caen First thing ; the US stars & bars are masqued with patches of RLM74, with German crosses applied on top. The aircraft is then delivered to 2./ Versuchsverband, best known as Zirkus Rosarius, after an overhaul, and complete paint job. He's given a code, T9+FK. He'll be found at the end of the war on an airfield in Germany, in quite bad shape, but in one piece. I'd build both this and Hasegawa 's kit together, and even if I like very much the lattest, Tamiya kit wins on every aspect. You'll need 0 aftermarket, or maybe just a set of masks, and that's about all ! Even the gun barrels are hollowed ! Pit is very nice, wings are mounted on a spar (and yes, you can assemble them at the very end!), you've got choices of tanks, bombs or propeller. Well, whatever, this is a really enjoyable build. About my own kit, ir's not 100% accurate, not even 80%. I did a few errors, and broke a few parts here and there 'cause I was in a hurry to finish it. So, I'm not really happy with my results, but I AM to have finished it. I'll do better with the next one... at least I hope !
  20. Hi there! First finished for 2023, a Thunderbolt from Fuerza Aerea Mexicana, by Hasegawa in 1/48. A Lend-Lease machine from after the war, not an aircraft from the Mexican corps in the Pacific. Tamiya's Jug is bettern but this one is still a nice and simple kit. It's my second P-47 finished since restarting in late 2021 I've a third 70% finished, hopefully latter this year, and I believe I can add another before 2024. Up to you and your comments.
  21. Hi Gents, Checkertails clan !! famous MTO US Air Force unit ! Attached to the 15th AF The "heavy" part of US air forces in Italy , the 12th AF being the one of medium bombers .Thus main task of 325 th FG was to cover heavies of 15th AF ( mainly B-24 and some B-17 BG) by sweeps on axis airflieds and of course escort of bombers streams over south and east front of this theater of operation. Being as as read first fighter group to operate " shuttle trips" between Italy and USSR ( not quite sure of that any comments welcomed ) So I represent my P-47 with quite a "marker" for 325th FG P-47 , ie , big 150 Gallons Wing tanks. Use that was may be helped by vicinity of P-38's and P-61's around location (personnal feeling) Some misses , in my built , wings bomb racks should have been painted yellow at last front part ( I see color picture but too late 🤭 ) , and backward metal rod on wing tank.. will , may be, correct that in the future ..😁 Hope you'll like it and as usual comments welcome ! The pics :
  22. Hello fellow britmodellers, This is my third and last model in this year. Tamiya 1/72 P-47D “Razorback”. At first I wanted to follow my line of American fighters in British service but there were some good reasons not to: 1. My girlfriend wanted a plane in natural metal finish 2. We wanted to try nose art on a model and American fighters (especially P-47) are the best planes for it 3. This is P-47D! This plane represents the American way in aircrafting: bigger, faster, higher! So apart from the model there was some aftermarket bought: 1. Hamilton propeller from AIRES 2. Eduard photo etched cockpit details (found locally for “bubletop” version only, but they are mostly the same) 3. Decals for the P-47D from Techmod I’ve chosen the plane of polish fighter-pilot cpt. Boleslav “Mike” Gladych named Pengie III after the nickname of his then girlfriend. I recommend to read his biography which is very interesting and includes evacuating planes from Poland to Romania, escaping Romanian internment camp, joining French Air Force and participation in several fights (with unconfirmed victories), joining No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron… Also he almost shot down the Churchill’s aircraft Most of the victories he claimed while serving in famous 56th Fighter Group under col.Zemke (61st Fighter Squadron under major.Francis Gabreski). His wartime 'score' totals 17 claimed destroyed, 2 probables, 1 shared damaged, and 5 ground kills. Now back to the model. As it was expected, tamiya quality is on exceptional level. Building was without problem, unfortunately I lost closing cylinder for the undercarriage cover and made it from scratch. Model was painted by AK Xtreme Metal Aluminium after black semi-gloss primer (found gloss black after painting, always check your stash ). Other colours are from tamiya and gunze. Decals are very good, but the serial number is wrong so I’ve made it from two different numbers on a decal’s sheet. Well, from here I hope you will enjoy the model and wish you the Happy New Year!!! Alex
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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