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Republic P-43 Lancer, `In China Skies`, 1943


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Hi Everyone, thought I`d share some pic`s of my latest effort with you

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My attempt at Dora Wings 1/48 P-43 Lancer Kit

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Built from their `In China Skies` boxing and in Republic of China markings ( no surprise¬†ūüôā¬†)

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Finished to represent an aircraft of 21st FS/4th FG, En-shih, late 1943.

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Mostly from the box contents: replaced the engine push rods with individual bits of wire as I managed to wreck the kit ones cutting them off the sprue.

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Additions were; ignition harness, canopy rails and brake pipes from bits of wire 

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Replaced the gun barrels with metal tube and decals are the kits.

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Wasn`t a fan of the etched metal cowling flaps which took me a few attempts to get looking neat(ish)

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Glad to have one in the collection at last though.

Hope you enjoy the pic`s, thanks for looking

Cheers Russ

 

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   Very nice! It's good to see these less common aircraft types being tackled in different scales by the model companies. Think I am going to have to try one of these kits.

Thanks for sharing this with everyone. Truly inspiring.

 

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Russ,

 

That is an exceptional model! If it weren't for the fully inflated tires, your photos could easily pass for the real thing. The very best example of weathered OD I have seen in a long time- what paint did you use for the upper and lower colors? From all accounts, this is an exceptional kit. Hope we get one as good in 1/72 scale someday. :like: :worthy:

Mike

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Russ, as usual an exceptional finish and perfect build.  I am in the early stages of my P-43 and cannot make heads or tails of the engine mounts construction. I thought I had the right idea but have failed twice, ripping it up. What can be seen from the cowl flaps?  Thinking of skipping the step.   I guess I would opt to keep them fairly closed!! Anyway the plane is brilliant and reflects your high craftsmanship. 

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1 hour ago, 72modeler said:

Russ,

 

That is an exceptional model! If it weren't for the fully inflated tires, your photos could easily pass for the real thing. The very best example of weathered OD I have seen in a long time- what paint did you use for the upper and lower colors? From all accounts, this is an exceptional kit. Hope we get one as good in 1/72 scale someday. :like: :worthy:

Mike

Thanks Mike, it`s Humbrol Olive Drab 155, weathered with Olive Drab 66, Slate Grey 31 and Grey 140. The underside is Humbrol 140 which I always use to represent Neutral Grey.

Cheers Russ

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Looks beautful, Russ!

 

This plane truly is the "Missing Link" between the Seversky P-35s series and the P-47Bs which came after.

 

The plane seems to sit rather high on its main gear; With the fairly short fuselage i wonder if it had a tendency to ground loop....

 

-d-

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5 minutes ago, 28ZComeback said:

Russ, as usual an exceptional finish and perfect build.  I am in the early stages of my P-43 and cannot make heads or tails of the engine mounts construction. I thought I had the right idea but have failed twice, ripping it up. What can be seen from the cowl flaps?  Thinking of skipping the step.   I guess I would opt to keep them fairly closed!! Anyway the plane is brilliant and reflects your high craftsmanship. 

Thanks DJ, you don`t need to use the engine mounts as the engine locates in the cowling. You can`t see them unless, I suppose, you have the cowl flaps fully open. I did assemble mine but didn`t attach the engine to them anyway.

Good luck with yours, look forward to seeing it.

Cheers Russ

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Excellent work, she looks really nice. I'm just waiting for the 1/72nd scale version which should be out soon.

 

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Outstanding Russ, and the usual perfect setting. I envy you that yours is complete. Mine still lingers in the stash but I already know what it should be... Hopefully as great as yours!

 

Cheers, Michael

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Another wonderful model russ, humbrol paints are some times derided but it shows how well they work in the hands of an expert, good job!

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That looks fantastic Russ, I'm well impressed. Like @72modeler, I'd love to be able to try & replicate this in 1/72 with a decent kit. Thanks for the colour tips, they certainly work on your one. :)

Steve.

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Lovely job Russ,.... I`m waiting for the RAAF boxing.

It looks like the baby offspring of a marriage between a P-47 & P-36!

 

Cheers

        Tony 

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Very nice, the olive drab looks great.

 

Duncan B

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Robert Scott, who wrote "God is My Co-Pilot flew the P-43 on occasion and wrote about it.   I have a recent issue of Air Classics that discussed this Kartveli design.

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