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  1. I built this kit oob , the kit coming along very nice , minimal fitting. I have the problem when i masking to paint over the decal, when i take the masking tape out it rip the decal i have to masking again and the decal is brittle and very thin, the most time consuming part is the decal. I use Ammo Mig Aluminum color for the whole aircraft and masking panel on the wing and paint with different shade of metal to break the mono-tone of the color. Overall this kit is very nice and easy to build, beware of the thin and brittle decal . Here is the video how i build the model : Youtube link removed And here is some photos of the model :
  2. Harry Lime

    RAF Thunderbolts Colour Footage

    Whilst trawling the IWM website for other stuff, I happened upon this 8 minute long colour film of 79 Squadron RAF Thunderbolts in theatre. It also shows some aircraft of 42 Squadron. RAF Thunderbolts Seems to show some retained the original US cockpit harness and raises some interesting colour conundrums, especially around the 4:08 mark. Enjoy, Mark.
  3. Hamiltonian

    P-47 Thunderbolt long range tanks

    I'm just starting to model an aircraft attached to 135 Sq. RAF in May 1945, a Thunderbolt P-47D-22. And I want to model it on a specific day, May 2, 1945, when 135 Sq. strafed the beaches south of Rangoon in support of the Operation Dracula landing. I'm trying to decide what sort of drop tanks I need on this aircraft. Round trip distance from Akyab probably about 650 miles. No bombs were dropped, so I presume none were carried. Take-off 0445, return 0830. I have photographs of 135 Sq. aircraft with paired 150 US gallon wing tanks, and also of aircraft carrying three 108 US gallon tanks, but none from the day in question. Does the absence of bombing necessarily imply that all three pylons were occupied, or would the fuel load preclude a bomb? Or might there be reasons not to carry a bomb? (It had been established the previous day that the area was unexpectedly lightly defended.) Any other practical reasons that would make one arrangement of tanks more likely than another? Thanks in advance for any thoughts you can offer.
  4. Hi Guys, just finished this one, it was built for a GB on another forum. It's only the 2nd aircraft I've built, so plenty of mistakes and still a lot to learn.
  5. Lone Star Models (link) is to release a 1/48th Republic XP-72 Super Thunderbolt reisn conversion set for the Tamiya bubbletop P-47 kit. Sources: http://www.lonestarmodels.com/store/c8r/lsm-480664-xp-72-superbolt-conversion https://www.facebook.com/groups/695711033832473/permalink/1749565748446991/ V.P.
  6. RidgeRunner

    Dominican F-47D NMF and F-51D

    Does anyone out there know which block number the F-47s supplied to Dominica were? I have a Revell -30 in the pile and hope that this would work? Also, is there any producer of FAD decals for the F-51D in 1/72? Thanks in advance. Martin
  7. I bought this kit few years ago, before Eduard made their Limited Edition P-47 set, but i lost my appetite for this big fish . Now i have new airbrush from Gunze so it was a good time to check how it works. I used these additions for P-47: - Eduard resin wheels, - interior PE set, - RB model gun barrels, - Montex masks/decals
  8. Kit manufacture: Hasegawa Scale: 1/72 Type: A-10A Thunderbolt II Extras used: Verlinden Productions resin and photoetch update Paints and colours used: Vallejo Model Air Ghost Grey in the cockpit, various Vallajo and Tamiya paints inside, Gunze H57 Aircraft Grey, H301 Grey FS36081, H302 Green FS34092 and H303 Green FS34102 for the camo colours. Aqua Gloss, Tamiya Semi Gloss and Flat Coat were used for the clear coats. Weather was done with thinned down Tamiya Rubber black and Flory Dark Dirt weathering wash. The kit was ok... Raised panel lines are a pain as they are hard to reproduce when lost through sanding as well as cause issues with holding wash. The fit wasn't great; a lot of filler and sanded needed. To be fair it is an older kit and the amount of resin and lead I crammed in definitely didn't help. That said, it wasn't cheap for an older kit. I bought this before I really new about reboxing etc, and knowing what I know now I'd have probably invested the same money on a new kit. At the end of the day, I'm pleased with how she turned out and she undeniably looks like a hog. Here's the pics: So there we go! Thanks for looking! Comments and criticism welcome as always, Many thanks, Val
  9. Hello Modellers Finished this recently. Essentially an OOB build with decals by Eaglecals. I'm pretty happy with it, thought its flaws are quite obvious. I have no references which affirm operational use of the centre tank and wing-mounted bomb configuration, so I will plead artistic licence. Comments welcome.
  10. 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.
  11. Hello there fine gentlemen! This build kept me busy over the holiday while I'm also building my personal Gundam "masterpiece", or at least trying to make it one, and have a half-started Tamiya 1/32 F16. When I saw this box marked down I just couldn't resist. The A-10 is one of the coolest planes ever built in my opinion, simple, sturdy, pragmatic, actually just a big cannon with wings. I couldn't resist making "Whoosj" and "Brrrrrtrrt" noises while building, the lady thinks I'm retarded regardless so very little is lost. Two mates of mine saw this thing in action while being stationed in the middle east and had some impressive stories to take home. Seeing a half mile stretch of land obliterated by 30mm grenades at 3900rpm in front of you must be a true sight indeed. The kit that I needed a diversion from below. Lovely one, when it comes to engineering Bandai kits are amazing, but lots of decals and parts, and I decided to paint quite a bit which gets a bit tedious at some point with such a big complex kit. But anyways. The Italeri A-10. I did not enjoy this kit as much as I hoped, fit and engineering was not as good as I like, even though still good by most standards. If I had to condense it in one sentence I would say good for an Italeri kit, bad for a Tamiya kit (Tamiya also released this kit with the same moulds). I messed up a few steps. Overpainted it quite a bit with old Humbrol spraycans, left my airbrush kit at the ladyfriend her home, so panel lines and detail were lost a bit. The two shades of grey I originally chose where a bit too contrasting so another layer of paint and some sanding it was. In the end I'm quite content, especially for an in-betweener that was built quickly for pleasure, the holiday spirits and white russians might have made some parts of the build a bit sloppy too. Methods used: Humbrol rattlecans for the main paint layers Detail painting with Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics Weathered with Tamiya and Mig powdered pigments Panel lines with Flory washes and Tamiya panel line accent colour Base from a aluminium picture frame and Heller "platz folie" painted and weathered to look like a stretch of runway Seatbelts and buckles from tape and left over PE Glossed with Mr. Hobby Superclear, finished with Tamiya satin clear Decals set with Tamiya Markfit Liberal use of MIG Gun Metal powdered pigment Some minor rescribing of panel lines (HATE doing that) It took me a while to get some good pics, the weather in Holland was not photo friendly and indoor pictures always just look bland to me. I hope you'll still excuse me the dark shade of the photos, grey is quite difficult to get right. In real life the plane is quite a bit lighter and the tonal variation has been crushed quite a bit in the photos. I'll try to get better ones on a more sunny day, which may take a while because Holland tends to be very grey the coming months. The whole plane Some details The underside (in artificial light) Well, I think I might have to consider a dedicated photo setup. Thanks for watching guys, comments, suggestions and criticism are always much appreciated. Have a nice weekend! Cheers, Kas.
  12. Eduard is to rebox with add ons the Hasegawa's 1/32nd Republic P-47D Thunderbolt kit in 2017?- ref. Source: http://pwm.org.pl/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=78501&sid=2fed11272508b70cc053fe34bdf286c4&start=645 Box art by Romain Hugault. V.P
  13. Hello All, I got back from my trip on Friday with acute modelling withdrawal symptoms, and I wanted to do a quick build. So I chose this: From the wonderful Ace Hardware in Berkley. I bought it in their moving sale earlier this year, so I actually paid around two dollars for it. The cockpit was a "seat on pegs" affair so I constructed a new one out of plastic card: The engine is a bit anaemic, so I added some valve gear to the ends of the cylinders that you can see. I cut away the moulded turbocharger intake scoop and made my own out of bent plastic card and some rod: Cockpit installed: And painted in bronze green, instruments simply scratched into the paint: The instruments may look a bit crude in a close up, but they look fine seen through the canopy. I have seen on other builds that there is a big gap between wings and fuselage. This is not a new feature: I cured it with a piece of sprue cut to length to push the fuselage sides out a bit: I made some cheap and cheerful wheel wheel wells out of plastic card and strip. I'm also going to replace the undercarriage doors with something a little more refined: And I've added some detail to the propeller: My symptoms have subsided! Thanks for looking, Adrian
  14. Does anyone remember the Matchbox P-47 Thunderbolt kit? Here are my two builds of this lovely old kit displaying both of the kits decal options. The bare metal P-47 was built earlier this year as part of the P-47 stgb, while the o/d version was built some time further back. While not the best Thunderbolt available these days it is still a nice kit to build and looks good on the shelf. Sadly the Matchbox Group Build looks like it will miss the boat again this year, but if there is anyone out there that fancies giving a Matchbox kit a go then a few extra votes might just tip the balance.
  15. These are in 1/72. The Bubbletop being a Brazilian machine with aftermarket decals, the Razorback one of the 325th Checkertail Clan using kit decals. For their age, the kits are decent, although lacking in cockpit detail. The Tamiya kit is superior, but the Hasegawa can often be found and swap meets for 5 bucks, in fact that's what dad paid for it about 15 years ago when he bought it for me. It was a 2 in 1 special edition.
  16. Old school photos are mine; More modern photos from Graham James
  17. Hello again. After a while I've managed to complete this magnificent aircraft. The kit itself is a charm. Easy to build, nice fit and no problems whatsoever. Painting it was a bit of fun but nothing hard. Unfortunately I can't make a build without some problems. This time problems with silvering of decals. Weird, because on glossy surface it was absolutely fine, but after putting matt coat half of the decals were silvering:( I've read some forums, tip and advices and followed the one with needle and pucturing the silvered decals and another coat of Sol and Set. Helped a lot, but still I'm not happy to be honest. Some decals basically unfixable.. Build is OOB + Eduard masks. Anyway, pictures: I hope you like it. Thanks and see you soon!
  18. This is the 1/48th scale Tamiya P47-D Thunderbolt Razorback. The model was painted with Aeromaster acrylics with the exception of the canopy frame, which was painted with Xtracolor enamel. Artist gouache was used for weathering and to highlight the panel lines. The seat belts are from Eduard. The decals are Eagle Strike set number 48054. American Jabos. The markings are for Yankee Tarheel. Flown by Lt. H. I. Price. 510 F.S. 405 F.G. Thanks for looking, Joe
  19. Saab AJ-37 Viggen 1:48 Special Hobby The Viggen was Sweden's Cold War fighter, which began service in the early 1970s with the AJ variant, which was primarily a ground attack aircraft that could also perform the fighter role if necessary. It was a tad shorter than the later JA, with a slightly different cockpit arrangement and a less powerful engine. Over a hundred were built, with roughly half of them converted to AJS standard at the end of the 90s with improved avionics and software. The last of these upgraded AJs were taken out of service in 2005. The Kit The initial Tarangus release of the JA-37 was a collaboration with MPM the parent company of Special Hobby, which has resulted in a split of the variants between MPM and Tarangus. I forget who is doing what at the moment, but can't wait for the two seaters! The initial release was well received for the most part, but like all model kits, some issues have been pointed out with varying degrees of hysteria, and as this is ostensibly the same moulding, many of those issues will apply to this kit. It is still a modern and mainly accurate tooling of an important and (IMHO) attractive aircraft, and should give any modeller plenty of enjoyment during the build, and it will of course look great in your cabinet. Inside the box it is almost the same plastic as the Tarangus edition, with only the gun-pack sprue missing, which also included the extension tube for the JA and the cockpit for that version. There are six sprues of mid-grey styrene, plus one of clear parts, a small Photo-Etch (PE) fret that is also pre-painted, and a decal sheet. The A4 instruction booklet is printed on thin glossy paper in full colour, which is rather helpful during construction, and the large size of the construction steps is welcome to this modeller and his failing eyesight. As construction is almost identical to that of the JA, which you can follow here I won't go over it all again, as aside from the lack of extension ring and the different cockpit tub and panel, it's near identical. I will however remind you that the detail in the main areas of interest is very good for injection moulded styrene, and the engine rear is superb. The cockpit is the recipient of the majority of the additional PE, which is decked out with a pre-painted instrument panel, side consoles and seatbelts, plus additional detail on the side of the seat, a pair of replacement rudder pedals and additional sidewall details. A trio of rear-view mirrors are also provided for the canopy when it is fitted later in the build. The gear bays are all well detailed, and as the inner main bay doors are usually closed when on the ground, no additional detail would be seen without the aid of a torch and the risk of a sore neck. The only items available in the box that you can hang from any of the pylons are a choice of centreline tank with either three or four fins, which fit to a stubby pylon just aft of a centreline intake fairing. It would have been nice to have some additional weapons included, but as the Viggen was often seen with just tankage, it's not a major thing. You might want to visit the inside rear of the instruction booklet before you go any further, as CMK (another MPM company) are bringing out a host of new updates to further improve on this already nicely appointed kit, as follows: 4310 M70 Rocket Pod x2 Q48219 Ejection Seat (Raketstol fpl37) Q48222 Thrust reverser petals Q48220 Air Brake Set Q48221 Wheels Maestro Models also do a substantial number of sets for the Viggen, but check that you're getting the ones tailored for the new kit before you pounce, or you might end up with parts for the old ESCI/Airfix kit. Markings The AJ was primarily seen wearing either bare metal finishes that was standard at the beginning of its career, or in the later disruptive splinter pattern we all know and love (and fear). There are some superb pictures of the variation in tone of the bare metal finish, and you'd go through extensive colours and masking tape doing it justice, but the finish would be well worth the effort. As to the splinter pattern, there are brave people that will tackle it themselves, and there has been a set of masks available for some years now from the US, but I'm sure some enterprising soul will produce a new set tailored to the new kit and more easily available in the near future. From the box you can build one of the following: 37062 "Gustav 62", F7 Wing, Satyenas, 1990s. Splinter scheme with red 62 on the tail. 37022 "Gustav 22", F7 Wing, Satenas 1973 – bare metal with squadron on fuselage and tail for an airshow in Germany. 37051 F15 Wing, Soderhamn 1978 – Splinter scheme with unpainted starboard intake in bare metal. The decals are well printed, with good register, colour density and sharpness, although there were a few tiny artefacts on my review copy, but these only really show up under magnification. There are extensive stencils on the sheet, all of which are legible, although I don't speak Swedish, so can't vouch for them being verbatim. Conclusion Another welcome kit of this superb Cold War Warrior, and with the addition of some PE to detail up the cockpit coupled with a reduction in price, it deserves to sell well. For the detail and accuracy minded, check the forums for information about the corrections needed to improve the kit further. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. As I mentioned in my twin Academy build thread, this is another P-47, the Revell one. The box says one thing (if you ignore the Texta overwriting) and the instructions and kit bits say quite another! Yep, the good old 'rebox it for the mug' trick. The kit in the box has 2 options, one USAAF the other French, and I'm thinking I'll do the French one. I'm pretty sure that someone else has the same kit in the running, so I'll be able to follow along and learn as I go. Comparing it to the Academy kit, it's both good and bad. Shapewise, the Revell is horrendously fat. Must be all the MacDonald's it's eaten. Details though, are excellent - the main gear wells go all the way to the top of the wing, there's a retraction strut on the tail wheel doors and the engine cooling gills are commendably thin and moulded open. Plus other stuff as well, but these are the standouts for me. It'll be interesting building both kits alongside each other. The eagle-eyed will notice that the kit's been started - that was me, this evening, banging on without thinking. I got the wings and engine together, then thought " 'ang on, Oi've missed summat, 'aven't I?" Yeah, you have, haven't you. A bit of thought, and it hit me - PHOTOS! Ah well, I'm finding that I get stupider with every passing day. This will (hopefully) be rolling along with the Academy 'Beetle' builds, to take advantage of open paint bottles and all that, so updates will be forthcoming! More anon.
  23. Kit manufacturer: Hobbyboss Scale: 1/48 Type: A-10 Thunderbolt II Extras used: Eduard canopy masks, Aftermarket decals, scratch built FOD covers Paints and colours used: Tamiya and Mr Hobby Finished today. Very much enjoyed this build, Finished in arctic aggressor camo, couldn't get the exact decals so its finished as a bit of a what if scheme. Slightly overdone the pre/post shading and the pva glue on the bomb lenses hadn't dried when i took the pictures. Anyway, here's the pics and thanks for looking
  24. Hi, here's my 1/72 Tamyia Thunderbolt built from the box. WZ-P was fflown by Lt.Col. Benjamin Mayo with 84th FS/78th FG, Duxford/England, 1944. Painted with Alclad II Metallics and Gunze Acrylics. Thanks for your interest. Best wishes from Vienna, Roman