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VFS P-47 Diorama
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Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 01:26 PM UTC
Ok, after much deep thought and loads of helpful input from you guys I am starting my official build log for my super mad over ambitious ridiculously big 1/24th VFS P-47 diorama. I have decided not to go with the engine out. After looking at some builds online and in mags with the engine in place but all cowls removed, that is how I will build this Jug.

At this stage the kit list involved is:
VFS P-47, Revell Opel Blitz Tray Truck, Italeri Opel Blitz Fire Truck, Hasegawa Willys Jeep and Trailer combo, Fujimi Garage and Tools Mechanic set and Tamiya Rally Mechanic set.

No doubt there will be some additions (right Nige ) and alterations but that is how it stands right now.

As for progress, here are some shots of the Opel Blitz Tray and Willys Jeep underway. The Fire Truck is started but no significant progress.




Here are the figure sets I have picked up. This seems to be the only way to get some 1/24th figures, so I will need to do some chopping and changing to get the 40's era look. Maybe once I get it right some resin casting will be in order.



There will be assorted scratchbuilt stands and scaffolds and an engine crane along the way as well.

I have decided on the style of base to construct, based on a technique by one of my fellow club members . . .

Concrete Runway

As always PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me out with comments, advice, suggestions, criticism, anything. This is going to be a VERY steep learning curve for me and a long-term build so don't be shy, I don't take offence.

Cheers and thanks for looking, D
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Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 04:33 PM UTC
Holy cow, Damian.......that is going to be VERY impressive!! Most excellent start on the Blitz and Jeep! Do you have a specific "scene" in mind, or are you just going to create a generic one? What markings are you going to put on the big jug?

Keep us posted!

John
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Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 06:09 PM UTC
Hi John, thanks for the comments. It will be a fairly generic engine overhaul scene, still taking shape. I have scale silhouettes of each vehicle and the jug that I am playing around with to find the best arrangement. As for the markings, I have ordered a set of ZOTZ SIlverscreen Jugs decals, but given that all of the cowls will be off I am reluctant to go chopping into a pin-up girl for fear of severe abuse by onlookers

I think I will go with a BMF and kit markings option at this stage.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 12:45 AM UTC
This is going to be a BIG project and I'll be following along.
Good idea with the figures there Damian.
Have you seen the section of Kitmaker Network dedicated to figure modelling?
HERE
I'm sure the guys over there will be more thanhappy to give you some hints and tips on how to convert the figures.
Nige
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Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 08:46 AM UTC
Thanks Nige, have posted a request for assistance on Historicus.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 01:23 AM UTC
Nice work Damian
1/24, ?, you will need a lot space.
I am mechanic and love to see dioramas with open engine, this will bee very interesting for me .
Post pictures and let us know how it's going.
Dani
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Posted: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 - 12:55 AM UTC
Hi guys, it's been a while since I posted on this thread so i thought I'd let you all know it's still alive. I will be putting together the Opel Blitz Fire Truck for a group build on Auto Modeller, and a fellow club member gave me these figures from a Trumpeter P-51 kit.



I know this doesn't actually count as progress, but it's still a lot of planning yet.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 - 04:27 AM UTC
Look like nice figures Damian, Plastic or Resin? Can't wait to see your progress
Cheers

Loobes
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Posted: Sunday, July 03, 2011 - 11:48 PM UTC
WOW, has it really been 15 months since I posted in this thread ?? I'm working on clearing the decks of Campaign builds for the rest of this year and actually cracking on with the big Jug early next year. Who knows, maybe the Bubbletop will be joined by a Razorback next year as well ??? Hint Hint Hint Mister VFS !

Ok back to the bench for another few months.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, July 04, 2011 - 04:19 AM UTC
haha, this sounds like me too. All kinds of started this and not finished with that...

are those Trumpeter P-51 figures 1/24?




lampie
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Posted: Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 04:42 AM UTC
Ok,
20 months and no photo of VFS P-47 on here so
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Nige
AussieReg
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Posted: Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 05:23 AM UTC
You act like you own this place, go away !
lampie
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Posted: Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 05:39 AM UTC

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You act like you own this place, go away !



Well,,,if your going to be like that about it,,
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AussieReg
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 03:49 AM UTC
It's the Eve of ANZAC day here, a very significant and emotional day for me . . .



so after the wife and kids were all tucked up in bed I decided to drag out a bottle of 30-year-old Tawny Port and pour a generous measure. After a sip or two and some careful consideration I decided that I didn't feel like carrying on with any of my work in progress, rather I should embark on something more significant to honour the occasion. What else but the VFS P-47 ? I sat at the table, opened up the box, scanned through the instructions, along with a couple of magazine reviews on the kit that I have stashed in the box, then (I hope you're all sitting down!) I actually started the build. Yes folks, after almost two and a half years in the stash, the sprues on this gem have met the razor saw !
I am starting out by putting together a few of the smaller sub-assemblies to get a feel for the plastic, as I find that different manufacturer's styrene can react in different ways to the Revell and Tamiya cements that I use. I like to do some smaller work first to work out how much cement to apply, which clamps to use (different strength) and which grades of sandpaper to use.

It really feels good to have finally made a start on this build, and I hope I can do it justice !

Cheers, D
lampie
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 08:55 PM UTC
Hmm,, not totally convinced.
Wheres the evidence?


Thats an awesome family airloom. What a lovely way to remember the sacrifice made by previous generations of Rigbys.

Nige
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 10:25 PM UTC

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Hmm,, not totally convinced.Wheres the evidence?



Ask and ye shall receive o mighty oracle . . . .




The baby in the middle is a 1/72 Revell P-47M that my 6yo boy Liam is building, just for reference.


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Thats an awesome family airloom. What a lovely way to remember the sacrifice made by previous generations of Rigbys.



Yes, it is one of my most prized possessions. C.R. Rigby is Clifford Raymond (Ray) Rigby, my grandfather. He survived the war after fighting in Gallipoli, Ypres, the Somme and several other major battles, and lived well into his 80's. F.A. (Frederick Angus) Rowland Rigby was his brother, K.I.A. in 1918. Pa never spoke of him, and I have been slowly gathering pieces of his service history from various sources. However, I do have a whole chest of diaries, paybooks, maps and postcards from Pa which I intend to transcribe and make available to historians. Included in this is a "despatch" regarding Ray's conspicuous gallantry, signed by Winston Churchill.

I am always moved to tears when I sit and read through any of his writings from the front, I cannot fathom the hardships that the men of that time endured.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 01:29 PM UTC
Good to see the project alive again, Damian.

Great to hear about the service of your family. A great honor no doubt!
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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 01:58 AM UTC
How time flies, almost 2 years down the track and unfortunately no further advanced on this project mostly due to increased workload from a promotion to a management role.

This monster is still well and truly on my priority list, and to that end I picked up this kit at the right price while browsing the LHS last week


I am thinking that this might make an interesting addition to the dio as a shot-up rusting wreck pushed off to the side of the airfield, but in German military paint.

I also picked up a second set of the Fujimi figures to busy things up.

Anyway, see you in another couple of years guys.

Cheers, D