I was able to complete this monster of a kit! I got it complete on the 6th, which I found rather fitting, given the 74th anniversary of D-Day.
This particular kit has travelled more than most people! Made in Illinois, purchased in Phoenix, where it sat in a garage for about 30 years (I believe this is where the considerable warpage came from), purchased by me for 20USD including shipping to Atlanta, and finally, a move to Malaysia.
The kit is a nice kit, the only real issues I had were the seams that tend to come with older, bigger Monogram kits, and the windscreen, which tended to undo itself several times. All the other issues were self induced.
This was the first time at trying Montex masks, and while they didn't perform too well for me (perhaps due to age or handling during shipping, and made for the Trumpeter kit) I was entertained using them. Granted the tail code is wrong (as were the kits), and the stripes were not quite wide enough, though you'd be hard pressed to tell by looking. I goofed on the upper wing insignia when I hit the plane with some diluted Buff, so it was replaced with a AM TBF insignia (a bit lighter to show fading). I did use the kit decals for the nose art and tail codes, a bit thick but worked just fine, the fuselage insignia are from a P-47 set from Lifelike. I will try these masks again, as the maker suggests that one should practice using them. Though, my next try will be insignias that are red circles!
I do apologize for the quality of the photos, getting decent lights here has proved to be a challenge, as are some other things, but I'll get there eventually.
Here it is, I hope you enjoy!
Jonathan, thank you for the campaign, and the extension! I found it enjoying, and I get a big kit built out of the stash. This is a "must have" plane if one models World War II aircraft, and if not for this campaign it would continue to sit in the closet. I'm looking forward to your next one!