Probably one of the quickest builds I've done in a long time, I managed to finish the P-47 on Sunday just gone (4th June 2017).
This is the well known 1/48 P-47D by Taimiya. No introductions are needed for it as it's been established as 'the' P-47 to build in 48th scale. The kit is well know for its accuracy, ease of construction and popularity.
I’ve built it to represent “The Reamer’ flown by Lt. Jack H. Reams of the 347FS, 350FG USAAF during their deployment in Italy during 1944-1945. The connection of course being the pilot and my son share the same name, there always has to be a link!
I’ve added a few embellishments to the kit by way of aftermarket items. The Master .50 calibre gun barrels replace the kit parts and the kit radial engine has been replaced by a Quickboost item that I’ve wired up with ignition leads. Eduard Super Fabric seats have been added to the otherwise featureless seat.
The paint is primarily Tamiya AS-12 decanted and then sprayed through my airbrush. A shade of Alcald (polished aluminium?) covers the gun bay access panels. The olive drab glare shield is Tamiya olive drab with some distempering using a lightened version of the same colour. The yellow chromate in the wheel bays is from one of the Mr Color sets. An Eduard paint mask was helped in covering up the clear parts while paint was applied.
The decals are from the Lifelike sheet 48-049.
I tried a different clear coat to seal the panel lines this time around. I used Mr Color Semi Gloss over the metal areas and their flat clear of the OD area. I ended up with some chalkiness to the flat which I managed to fix using some neat lacquer thinner. I applied this in neither a misted or wet fashion. Somewhere in between where I could see the chalkiness disappear.
Rick Peck who was involved for the research of this particular aircraft contacted me through my Facebook page and provided some excellent photos of the aircraft. Photos of aircraft from the same FS/FG show the smaller P-51? drop tank on the centreline along with the bazooka tubes being loaded on the outer pylons where the 500 lb bombs were loaded. I’ve taken some liberty with the load out as I wanted something that was a bit more ‘aggressive’ when it came to ground attack. So with artistic license in hand I opted for the flat belly tank, bazooka tubes and 500 lb bombs.
It’s my first NMF scheme and I’ve got to say that I’m pretty chuffed with it. Even after looking at the photos I need to go back and a address a few spots.
Hope you like it too and a huge thanks to Rick Peck for the photos and the good folks over at the Warhawks Facebook group. If you do the Facebook think and you're interested in checking them out, then head here.