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P-47 Thunderbolt, bubbletop, 1/32 Trumpeter


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Hello fellows,

 

Let me show you my new project. The Trumpeter P-47 Thunderbolt, bubbletop, "2 Big and too Heavy", in 1/32 scale.

As you know, this Tumpeter's model has a lot of interior details, which I'll try to  made visible...(at least some of them).

 

And here some pics...; this is the real bird, and the Trumpeter art box. 

 

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As usual, I've started with the cockpit:

 

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As aftermarket, I only bought the Yahu Instrument panel. In my opinion It's worthy, and improves a lot.

 

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Most of the ducting and piping, wont be visible after the model is assembled...

 

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I'd like this part be visible, so I've added some hoses and wires...

 

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As also I did, behind the instrument panel:

 

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Prior cutting the fuselage, I did a fit test...

 

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My idea is gluing the two cut parts of fuselage, so they be easily to put and remove, in order to show the interior (the water tank, fuses added, etc..)

And this is the way I hope the model will be seen (removing the parts):

 

 

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Note: the rear part of fuselage, won't be removable. Alhough I think is interesting, also....

 

So now, after putting AK putty for filling the gaps, the two halfs are drying...

 

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And finally, a last pic of the model....

 

      

 

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I hope you enjoy it, and I would appreciate your comments!

Thanks for watching.

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Great start, Josep. What's your plan for showing any of this excellent detail? Are you going to open the panels or do a 'cutaway'? 

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Thanks Alan,

I've cut  this two parts of fuselage:

 

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I hope they work as a cover, which can always be put on and removed to make the details visible...

The problem will be to fit them....

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Hello fellow modelmakers,

 

Today, I put some more pics, related to addding wires in the  area between the engine and the cockpit:

 

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I've used 0,5 mm copper wire for this, and some spare parts from other kit, for simulating the holes and connexions.

 

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This part is almost done (...regarding to add extra detail).

 

After, I've continued with the engine:

 

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This pieces fitted very bad, and needed a lot of sanding...

 

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Now, all the pieces of the engine are mounted and primed with Vellejo Surface primer (glossy black), and ready for paint....

 

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Painting will be next day, after all this suff dries...

I appreciate yor comments.

Thanks for watching!

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Hello fellows,

 

Here some more pics, regarding to the painting of the engine. I've used Vallejo Metal color Pale Burnt, Cooper (for inside pipes), and Tamiya Medium Blue for the nose casing.

 

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All the cylindres were weathered with Tamiya Pane line accent:

 

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This is the result, after putting all pieces in place:

 

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I also added the ignition cables, using 0,5 mm copper wire....

 

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An this is all for the moment...

 

Thanks for watching!!

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Really nice pictures and a good work you did.

Could you resize your photos, the upload time on Google Chrom takes more than a minute.

With https://www.irfanview.com/ Irfanview you can resize and rename as you like.

Beside you save much space on your disk anyway.

Happy modelling

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Hello fellow modelmakers!

 

Let me put some new pics...

 

This is the rear part of the engine, which barely will be visible at the end.

 

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And this is the whole engine already mounted, with the ducts connected:

 

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This is the first test to join the  two halves of the fuselage:

 

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Just a little bit difficult  (...since ther are a two big chunks)

 

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Here, with the two covers that I made and the cowling on.

 

 

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As usual, I needed some putty fot filling minor gaps. But nothing special...

 

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Following the instructions manual, I made the eight gun machines required.

 

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Before painting, I've used Vallejo Surface primer Gloss black.(77.660)

 

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Here, a big problem arose: the engine cowling doesn't fit well.

The inner walls are too thick; and the bottomof the cowling remain lowered of the rest of the plane.  It is shown by the yellow arrow...

 

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This worried me a lot, and finding no better solution, I decided to file the inside walls of the cowling, with an electric drill and sander. 

 

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I hope this be the solution to align the cowling properly.

So, until next day...

 

Happy Easter for everybody!!

 

 

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Very nice work! The cowling is a problem, I had to cut back the engine interior mounts and thin the cowling to make it fit on mine.

 

Hope it doesn't affect all the nice detail 🤔

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