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1/72 Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt 'The Trojan Warhorse'


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I've been too busy to make a start so far but hopefully next week, I'll be able to get going. No pics as yet, as that's another thing I need to sort out.

My chosen subject is a P-47D-27 (with fin fillet) 'The Trojan Warhorse' from the 79th FG, 12th AF based in Italy. The kit will be Tamiya's D-25 (bubbletop), with Quickboost fin fillet, Eduard Colour Zoom etch and decals by Eagle Cals.

As I've stated before most P-47's did not use the Bazooka rockets, however the 79th were one group that did. They found them more useful than bombs when shooting at things like railway bridges and trains in Italian mountain passes. I've also been reliably informed by P-47 Guru, Lampie, that they occasionally used the Bazooka rockets and bombs together. So mine will be my only P-47 model armed with rockets and bombs.

So far the kit has had a quick squirt of grey primer and the cockpit has been painted interior green but other that that nothing has been done, so I'll get some pics done before I do anymore work.

thanks

Mike

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Welcome aboard Mike, sounds like you have an interesting build planned.

Again Tamiya's love P-47 is the weapon of choice....I wonder if they've noticed a sudden surge in sales of this model and the 1/48th version???

Well good luck with the build, glad you could join us and look forward to seeing her in the gallery.

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Hi Patrice

I've got both of them but I don't know if the D-27 had the same wing as the D-30 or D-25. I'd be happy if it had the D-25 wing, as that will mean I can use the D-30 wing parts later on to make a Tamiya D-25 into a better M than the Revell kit.

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Mike

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Good afternoon Mike

I will try to convert the Tamiya P47D Bubbletop into a P47 M with the Quick boost wings and fin fillet too if I have enough time ..

Patrice

It's worth getting the Special Hobby P-47M kit for the decals and resin bits. They've also done a nice little sprue of plastic parts to improve the Academy base kit that comes in the box. It's easier to make the Academy/Special Hobby kit into a D (25) or M without the fin fillet as the instructions will have you cut a hole in the fuselage for the fin fillet...

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Mike

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It's worth getting the Special Hobby P-47M kit for the decals and resin bits. They've also done a nice little sprue of plastic parts to improve the Academy base kit that comes in the box. It's easier to make the Academy/Special Hobby kit into a D (25) or M without the fin fillet as the instructions will have you cut a hole in the fuselage for the fin fillet...

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Mike

Good evening Mike

I already have the SH P47M kit in my stash but with my three ongoing P 47 D builds ,family and work I have not found time to check what is the best option to obtain a P47 M ..

Patrice

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Right, I think I've cracked how to add pics on here, although I'm not good at making pics!

So as stated the kit is Tamiya's 1/72 P-47D 'Bubbletop'. As stated I've got as far as painting the base colour for the interior. The last pic is the extras - the decals, the fin fillet and an Eduard Zoom etch set to provide instrument panels and seatbelts. More to follow soon.....

thanks

Mike

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Good morning Mike

Good start

Be careful when you will place the fin fillet you will need to remove some plastic on top of the 2 fuselage parts and also some resin under the Quickboost fin fillet ..

Patrice

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It should be very colourful indeed when done! I'm busy painting the cockpit parts, prior to sticking bits of colour etch on them. I'm attempting to build the etch seat and I'll post pics of the completed cockpit when it's done. I've also drilled out the holes for the wing racks and rockets.

thanks

Mike

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Good morning Mike

I wish you good luck for using the (very) small parts of the Eduard set , I had used these parts for a previous build and I decided not to do it again for the 3 P47 that I am building at present ..

Patrice

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I've actually managed to get something done on this build! I've built up the cockpit tub using the kit parts and the Eduard etch - I've even built up Eduard's etch seat, something which I've never bothered with before and possibly won't again as I don't really think it makes that much difference! Sorry about the dodgy pics, photography is really not my thing.

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Mike

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Turns out the Quickboost fin fillet replacement isn't a good fit..... Not good news! Also I have a question, what prop on the Trojan Warhorse? The decal instructions say the normal (ie non paddle blade prop) and that's what it looks like on the pic above.

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Mike

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Sadly yes, not so easy, usually Quickboost bits fit quite well, so I hope the D-30 wing bits fit better when I use them to make a P-47M!

I've just been painting the landing gear wells, doors and cowling interior with Yellow paint, so more progress is being made.

thanks

Mike

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This is progressing albeit slowly, while I complete some slightly easier builds, like the Corsair for the Corsair GB. The main wings, engine and engine cowling have now been installed and now I can think about the best way of painting and masking.

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Mike

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