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56th FG P-47 Operation - Spaarndammer
spaarndammer
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Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Joined: January 28, 2007
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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 10:06 AM GMT+7
With my RQ-7 99.9999% done it is time to start with my 56TH FG entry.

Subject of this build will be a P-47D from the 63rd FS, 56th FG piloted by Lt Sam Stamps. The cowling of this machine had pin-up made by Alberto Vargas.

The kit will be the Tamiya P-47D razorback and decals are from a sheet of Aztec decals.


This will be the pin-up that will dress up the cowling.


I have collected a bit of AM stuff, but probably not all will be used. I am particulary interested in how difficult it will be to paint the markings.

The seatbelts are from HGW models, but it seems that i have to cut these out of the paper. Not sure how that will turn out...



I also have the Aires gunbay set, but i am also not sure if i will use it in this build.

The build started with priming the cockpit parts and parts of the interior. I used Alclad black primer and microfiller for this, which sprays excellent (like all alclad paints).



After an overnight dry, i painted the cockpit parts with Tamiya acrylics in a green color. After that i started to detail the side panels. Instruments were painted with Vallejo Air paint and i added a few placards from the Eduard set.



More to follow soon.



Jelger
AussieReg
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Victoria, Australia
Joined: June 09, 2009
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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 11:44 AM GMT+7
Great to have you on board Jelger, thanks for joining in at this late stage. I'm really looking forward to following your build here with those extra goodies, you're off to a great start in the cockpit already.

Please keep the updates coming.

Cheers, D
john41492
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Georgia, United States
Joined: July 20, 2015
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Posted: Friday, November 18, 2016 - 02:34 PM GMT+7
Jelger,

Really like the cockpit so far! Interested to see how the belts turn out. I'd race you to the finish, but you'll most likely win! Haha.
lampie
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England - East Midlands, United Kingdom
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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 06:49 AM GMT+7
This artwork was carried on a couple of different P-47's by Sam Stamps.
If you go for a coloured cowling theres no need to paint the white bands on the empennage.
Looks like it was also on this aircraft in the white cowling era and in that case you'll need to apply the white empennage bands.
By the time of the red cowlings 325307 had been junked and the cowling artwork transferred to his next P-47 "Tinkle"
Have fun!
AussieReg
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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Sunday, December 25, 2016 - 11:59 AM GMT+7
Hi Jelger.

How is your build progressing here? I have allowed and extra month at the end of the official time frame so we have about 5 weeks to complete our builds.

Cheers, and have a great Christmas, D
spaarndammer
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Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 07:03 AM GMT+7
Hi all,

Thank you for the nice and useful comments. November and December are always busy months for me, but i managed to make some progress. Except for the gun sight, i have completed the cockpit.

The seatbelts are from HGW models and consist of fabric belts and PE buckles. The pieces are very small and it took me a several evenings to complete the seatbelts. After glueing everything together, the belts were attached to the seat. Then seat and belts first received a gloss cote, followed by a matt cote. Then a wash of brown oil paint was used to colorize the belts. The result is pretty nice.



I added a gloss cote to the floor piece to give it a wash with oils to add some dirt. Chips on all pieces were made with a toothpick and Vallejo aluminium. All cockpit pieces received a matt cote to protect the washes and to tone down the shine of the PE.

All cockpit pieces prior to assembly:


And everything assembled (except for the seat and gunsight).


There are still a lot of things to do. At the moment I am busy with the engine. It is nice to know that the deadline has been extended, but with this pace it is not realistic to say that i will finish it in time. Nevertheless, i shall proceed and keep you updated.



Jelger
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: March 22, 2015
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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 11:26 AM GMT+7
Hi Jelger,
the cockpit looks really good. I like the seat belts very much. With the neat seam they are a real eye catcher. Looking forward to Your next post!

Oliver
spaarndammer
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Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Posted: Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 10:02 AM GMT+7
@Oliver: thank you for the compliments. That is highly appreciated.

Some more progress on the P-47D.

Next project was to build the Double Wasp engine. The kit parts were enhanced by photoetch ingnition wires and some plackards from the Eduard PE set. I didn't bother to remove the seamlines on top of the cilinders as these are not visible from the front.

The engine and gearhousing were constructed and painted separately. Both received a coat of Alclad black primer and the engine was painted next with Alclad aluminium color. The ignition wires were first painted black and then brown with Vallejo paint. Some parts on top of each cilinder (the bow shaped things) were painted white for a bit of extra color. From a distance this gives the impression of a lighter metal color.

The gearbox was painted with Tamiya gray paint supplemented with a bit of light blue. All bolts were first painted black and then with a toothpick received a white dot. This gives the bolts a bit more dimension. Finally, Alclad aqua clear was sprayed on it and the gearbox received a black wash. This was covered by Mr Hobby Top Coat matt acrylic varnish, which hopefully is more forgiving when using acrylic paint (instead of the Testor dull coat, which almost ruined my cockpit ).





Any tips and tricks to improve my engine building skills are highly appreciated as i have room for improvement.

The next subassembly to deal with are the gun and ammo bays, for which i have bought the Aires set. As i don't have experience with cutting panel lines i was reluctant to add the bays as it requires some surgery. I decided only the add the gun and ammo bay to the right or starboard wing, because that saves me a lot of trouble when painting the insignia, which is on the opposite wing.

I first taped a metal ruler next to the panel line and with a sharp needle i made the cuts, which was pretty easy. Finally, each corner was drilled out with a small drill to connect all the cuts.



At first, the fit of both bays seemed to be fine, but at closer inspection i noticed that the ammo bay was 1 mm short, leaving a small gap. At closer inspection i also noticed that the cover of the ammo bay is also 1 mm too narrow. The cover for the gun bay seems to be ok. I found out that i was lucky to do only the right wing bays as the left ammo bay is 1 mm shorter than its right wing counter part...



This photo summarizes everything pretty well:


The question is how to deal with this.

I have a few options:
- first of all i will fill the gap between the ammo bay and the wing. That should not be to difficult.
- I can leave the covers off, that hides at least the fact that the covers are too small and also does not attract attention to the fact that the ammo bay is too small.
- I can add the covers and especially glue the cover of the ammo bay exactly in the middle of the bay, leaving half a millimeter on each side. This is rather small and not very obvious.
- Using the original covers from the kit is not an option because i made holes in these to connect the cuts in the corners.

Any thoughts on this are highly appreciated.



Jelger
spaarndammer
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Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 08:35 AM GMT+7
Hi all,

Nine months later, a campaign that is already finished. But not my project i am afraid. I don't spend much time on scale modelling in spring and summer as sports (cycling) dominates these times of the year.

But now i have started again working on my P-47. I replaced some of the photo's in my previous post to show where i stopped with this build. I will soon replace some of the other photo's in earlier posts.

As you can see, i ended working on the gunbays. These are from Aires. The bay where the Browings are located fits well, but the ammo bay didn't. This one was replaced with an Eduard ammo bay which fits much better.

Fitting the bay between the wing halves was quite a lot of work with a lot of thinning of the gunbay and wing to make the gunbay fit. But now it seems to fit quite well.

This test fit shows where i am right now.




Jelger
c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Monday, October 09, 2017 - 08:49 AM GMT+7
Really pleased to see this build progressing Jelger. Fitting resin parts has always been a bit of a lottery in regards to exact fit. usually a lot of grinding and sanding to both the kit parts and the resin to get it to fit. But the level of detail gained is usually quite remarkable. The gun bays look great can't wait to see the rest of the kit take shape, keep up the good work!