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PlaStix

Tamiya 1/48 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubbletop" - Lt.Col. Benjamin Mayo - Finished and in the Gallery!

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That,s a great job on the cockpit Stix,especially the IP.some great detailing really set's it apart.

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Stix, thanks for the tip re the IP decals, i'll give it a go next time. Cheers Greg

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That's some great detail in there stix! Bit more spacious a cockpit that I am used to seeing you model! Lol.

Looking forward to your progress!

Rob

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Beautiful cockpit Stix.

Thank you Cookie - it's mostly down to Tamiya!

That,s a great job on the cockpit Stix,especially the IP.some great detailing really set's it apart.

Thank you Steve. I really enjoyed painting this one!

Teriffic work so I'm watching this one with interest.

Hi almac and thank you.

Stix, thanks for the tip re the IP decals, i'll give it a go next time. Cheers Greg

No problem - I hope it works okay when you have a go.

That looks lovely Stix. As good as resin and etch from here!! :coolio:

Thank you Nigel - it is a beautifully detailed cockpit.

nice work on the pit Stix :)

Thank you Wolwe.

That's some great detail in there stix! Bit more spacious a cockpit that I am used to seeing you model! Lol.

Looking forward to your progress!

Rob

Hi Rob and thank you. There is a lot more space to swing me brush about! :winkgrin:

Kind regards,

Stix

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Hi Stix,

Exceptional work on the cockpit, as always! The level of detail and the care taken in making it stand out is superb. Congrats :goodjob:

Looking forward to your coming updates.

Cheers

Jaime

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Hi Stix,

Exceptional work on the cockpit, as always! The level of detail and the care taken in making it stand out is superb. Congrats :goodjob:

Looking forward to your coming updates.

Cheers

Jaime

Thank you Jaime for your very kind comments.

Today's session was spent fiddling about adding some missing wiring:

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Everything off the sprues ready for some test fitting:

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Sides lodged in place:

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Seat glued in place:

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Test fit with sides and IP:

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Hopefully I'll get this glued together tomorrow.

Comments and suggestions welcome.

Kind regards,

Stix

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Very nice Stix, tidy office,

Sean

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Nice work Stix's, another lovely cockpit.

I agree with Craig, am dying to see the rest of the build progress!

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Brilliant work. The fit looks very good. It seems you just need to apply some extra thin glue to the joins and let the capillary effect do its trick :)

Cheers

Jaime

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I can only echo all other comments, great job! :clap:

Take a very nicely detailed Tamiya cockpit, add Stix's scratch building and painting, shake: you have a stunner! :worthy:

Ciao

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Nice work Stix - lovely details in this Tamiya kit its all looking great with the neat paint job :goodjob:

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That cockpit looks fantastic Stix, very nicely done indeed.

Bodes very well for the rest of the build.

Craig.

Thank you Craig. That very kind of you to say ..............but we'll see! I'm still not sure how some of those big decals and the metal paintwork are going to go! :shutup:

Very nice Stix, tidy office,

Sean

Thank you Sean - it was actually a joy to paint - lovely detail!

That is just lovely stix, just flipping lovely

Rob

Thank you Rob for your kind comments.

Nice work Stix's, another lovely cockpit.

I agree with Craig, am dying to see the rest of the build progress!

Thank you Rich......yeah me too! :bounce:

Brilliant work. The fit looks very good. It seems you just need to apply some extra thin glue to the joins and let the capillary effect do its trick :)

Cheers

Jaime

Thank you Jaime for your kind comments. Yeah it wasn't a hard job to glue it together as can be seen below. :thumbsup:

I can only echo all other comments, great job! :clap:

Take a very nicely detailed Tamiya cockpit, add Stix's scratch building and painting, shake: you have a stunner! :worthy:

Ciao

Thank you very much Giemme - you are too kind! :blush:

Looks great Stix!! Very nice indeed :goodjob:

Thank you very much Nigel!

Nice work Stix - lovely details in this Tamiya kit its all looking great with the neat paint job :goodjob:

Thank you too Greg for your kind comments.

Right - unfortunately I ended up taking longer on my Made in Britain GB project than I had intended and did't get as much done as I had hoped on this one. Most of the time was spent fiddling about test fitting the cockpit in the fuselage halves before getting the tub glued together. I also felt it was worth recording a few more photos of it all before it's all hidden away.

First up - cockpit wall testing inside the fuselage halves:

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These were just held in place with some Blu-tack.

A couple of views of the seat and floor:

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.........and then up against the fuselage walls:

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Now with the IP lodged in place as well:

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No IP:

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And the IP in place:

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The IP on it's own:

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And then the tub was all glued together:

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I did do a bit more work in the afternoon yesterday painting the insides of things like wheel wells but didn't get chance to take any photos.

Roll on next weekend!

Comments and suggestions welcome.

Kind regards,

Stix

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Great looking interiors, superb job! :clap: What have you used for the seat belts, please?

Ciao

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Great looking interiors, superb job! :clap: What have you used for the seat belts, please?

Ciao

Hi Giemme and thank you. Don't let on.............but the seat belts are actually the seat belts decal that comes with the kit. I didn't fancy spending time with masking tape and wire to make some so I decided to carefully cut out the decal and backing paper before giving it an all over thinned wash of Humbrol's matt varnish. The lighter, upper belts have subsequently been given a wash of another light colour to tone down the original very bright yellowy colouring. Unfortunately I cannot remember the colour I used for the toning down. I then glued them in place with CA glue. They arn't perfect but they should be okay once they are mostly hidden inside the aircraft. I think they work a lot better in this way than if I had used them as an actual decal.

Kind regards,

Stix

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Excellent work on that cockpit Stix,you won't see better than that even in 32 scale!

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Very nice pit, looking forward to see your build progress.

In regards to the silver finish, have you considered metal pigments like these?

http://www.uschivdr.com/shopping-categories/shop-colors-paints-pigments-primer/metallic-colors-pigments/

This gives maybe a better result than brush painting silver.

Keep up the good work.

Cheers, Peter

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Superb job on the cockpit and good idea to use the seat belt decals with the backing paper :thumbsup:

Cheers

Jaime

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Looking good. The Tamiya 'pit is impressive OOTB. I'm looking forward to your next update. :popcorn:

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Cockpit is brilliant Stix. Certainly doesn't look like it's straight out of the box :thumbsup::thumbsup:

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