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OFFICIAL: Mighty Eighth Campaign
M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 03:31 AM UTC

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Well I was supposed to be building Monogram's B-17G for this campaign, but then this showed up in the mail:



I put everything else on hold and had to dive right in. So much so that it dawned on me after I was well under way that I should take some photos so I can use the build for this campaign. My bad.

I tossed the limited decals and whatnot right off the bat and am building her as a P-51D-10 of the 4FG, Man O'War.



I did not make use of any of the included PE for the kit, opting instead for Barracudacal's excellent cockpit stencils with a resin Look instrument panel. The stencils are seriously amazing. Between Eduard's plastic and those stencils, the PE would have been a waste. Hopefully I can manage to find a set of Overtrees to put them to use later.

This is nothing but kit plastic with some paint and the Barracudacals stencils:







I also managed to gets the wings assembled. Eduard's wheel well is again excellent. I added a few wires for some detail but really didn't spend much time here. Next one of these I build I may spend some serious effort here, but for this one I just want to build the kit.



I have really enjoyed this kit so far. Eduard's Mustang is great, I can't wait for the Royal Class.

Maybe once I'm done I'll go back to building that B-17. Then again, I see HK just announced a 1:48 Early G so the Monogram may get shelved again, lol.



Hello Again, Paul...

Don't give up on that MONOGRAM B-17G- You can always tuck the Landing Gear up inside their wells, and display it in "flying mode", suspended from a ceiling or in some other fashion...

VR, Dennis
Antilles
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2019 - 01:51 AM UTC
Paul: Great kit and a great start, too. The interior looks fantastic.

I will be in with one more P-51. I found a Revell P-51B in 1/72 scale deep in my stash and I bought a nice decal sheet with a version of the "Impatient Virgin".


I used the small PE parts set of Eduard and added some more detail to the cockpit.


Parts are now painted and ready for assembly. Probably, not much will be visible after closing the cockpit.



Oliver
YankeeSteve
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2019 - 06:42 AM UTC
Hi All, PeeJay74 (Paul), Wanted you to know that "Man O War" actually lives! Was just outside Oxnard CA on the 28th of Sept when I heard "purring butter". Looked up and this is what I saw at about 1400 feet. Luckily I had the telephoto on and caught this:



Awesome sight. Passed over later in the day around Santa Monica too.
md72
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2019 - 07:38 AM UTC
Wow, that is not the Revell P-51B I remember. Mine had NO cockpit detail at all, the pilot was simply glued to a peg in the fuselage and trapped inside.
YankeeSteve
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2019 - 09:44 AM UTC
Progress being made on Urban Drew’s kite, FINALLY!!

Antilles
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2019 - 10:07 PM UTC
Mark: The newer Revell kit is from 1998. It is nicely detailed for a moderate price. But, I cannot say if it is very accurate.

Chaz: Nice kick off! The cockpit looks nicely detailed and painted.

As I am building a P-51 B, I have some problems with the wheel wells. Were they the same as in the P-51 D version? All literature I found is about the D-version.

Oliver
Tobar
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Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - 03:13 PM UTC
Didn't want to do too much detail inside but still had to do some aftermarket products... (NOW you can see much of it!! )

Not much left...some minor assemblies like engines, gear, guns and clear parts...

Update:



SOON....Very SOOOON!!!!!
Antilles
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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 04:55 AM UTC
Tobar: Nice progress. At least You know all the details are there!

Just a quick update about my Mustang.
Color and decals are on and some decent shades were applied, too.
Next will be the landing gear.





Keep on building

Oliver
PasiAhopelto
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Uusimaa, Finland
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Posted: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 08:34 PM UTC
Didn't find the P-38 really inspiring, so bought this instead:



Can't wait to start this, never built B-17 before.

And will be building Skyway Chariot, mainly because it doesn't have cheesy nose art and I like the green trim around nose cone. The plane was shot down over Berlin in 1945 by Me 262. Six of the crew were captured and three killed. All killed were gunners at rear/mid section of the plane. Got the info from here: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/43-37521-skyway-chariot. Not sure if they were flying with single waist gunner, or is fate of one crewman unknown.
RhinoSpit
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Bas-Rhin, France
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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 07:03 AM UTC
I've emptied my workbench and i will build a P-51D from the 364th fighter squadron



Propster
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Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 11:09 PM UTC
Am joining in with Tamiya's 1/48 P-47M Thunderbolt in the scheme of Lt Russell Kyler, 61st FS, 56th FG, 8th AF, Boxted, 1945.



alliedbuilder
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Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 12:07 PM UTC
I've wrapped up my P-47 Razorback only to realize that I forgot to share any of my build progress pics here while I was still working.
Here's the first installment.



The cockpit completed and weathered to show some dirt and grime.


Fuselage together.


Wings and engine on.


I decided to have the flaps down.


Base coat of olive drab on.


Painted the white stripes rather than using the decals, I think they turned out good.

I'll get the rest of pics into Imgur and post them up later.


alliedbuilder
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Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 02:46 AM UTC






The last of in progress photos.

Antilles
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Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 01:00 AM UTC
Alliedbuilder: Nice progress on Your Jug. Looks good!

Oliver
Antilles
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Posted: Saturday, December 07, 2019 - 08:35 AM UTC
Hello fellow modelers,

I just completed my Revell P-51B tonight. Hope You like it.





I put it onto a small frame with a Dodge from Academy in 1/72 scale and a niceley detailed figure from Preiser.




Have fun
Oliver
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Saturday, December 07, 2019 - 10:24 AM UTC
Nice Oliver, congrats!

Michael
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2019 - 05:22 AM UTC
I think it's time for me to get going on this one. The kit I'm planning to do is the one I had originally picked for the Bombers 2 campaign:



I made a very slight start on it:



Just the fuselage halves put together and a bit of paint. I'm only going to use a minimal amount of aftermarket: some Quickboost gun barrels, Eduard seat belts, and (something I think is essential and that I didn't have before) Eduard masks.

I've got a couple of references:



After I took that picture, I noticed I'd left out the original Detail & Scale on the B-17 that I also have. Since then I've picked up a copy of Roger Freeman's Mighty Eighth as well.

So, I think I'm set for my winter project. Now to see if I can stick with it this time!

Michael
Lakota
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Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2019 - 08:55 AM UTC
Oliver,
I like your model. Congratulations on finishing an excellent model. I like the whole diorama idea.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
Antilles
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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 02:48 AM UTC
Michael and Don: Thank You for leaving a comment. Glad You like it.

Michael: Wow, this is a lot of interesting stuff and literature for Your build. Have fun!

Oliver
alliedbuilder
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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 01:09 PM UTC
Here are those completed shots of my P-47 Razorback I promised weeks ago.









It was a fun build and I hope everyone has had/is having a good time.
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 01:35 PM UTC
Nice work, congrats on finishing!

Michael
Antilles
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Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 12:05 AM UTC
Alliedbuilder:
Your T-Bolt looks great. Ready to fly off! Congrats to Your build!

Oliver
PasiAhopelto
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2019 - 05:52 PM UTC
Just a quick update:


Ready for interior paint I think.
Tobar
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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2020 - 12:09 PM UTC
Whew!.... This is my entry for "Mighty 8th" Campaign.

Before my Uncle passed in 2003, I was only able to speak to him once and take notes of what he remembered from his time in the 8th AF. One specific detail my Uncle related to me was he had 'My Tail End' written and a drawing of a Big Butt 'Pin-Up' drawn on the tail. "Because it was his butt on the line"

The WWW has many sites that have related information during that time period. Here is one that help in my search:
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/194648

Markings:
Tail number and National insignia are decals, all others are home made decals, hand painted or custom stencils I make for this kit.
Paint is LifeColor and Vallejo. Kit is Revell and Master Model gun barrels. Weathering is mix of AK, Oils, Mig Ammo.


B-17: "Ka-Lang"


What brought the plane down was "#2 engine hit" and "Low fuel".
I depicted that by a 'Feathered Propeller' and Oil slick. I didn't want to guess what the damage looked like so I left it alone.


His 'Tail End'


Big Butt Pin-Up




MichaelSatin
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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2020 - 01:10 PM UTC
What a great tribute, Thomas! Well done!

Michael