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Dads Army - PACIFIC GB - 1/48 P-47N Thunderbolt 6 years 2 months ago #1

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Going with something quick and easy this time. I considered a Korean War Mustang or a RNZAF P-40, but work will get a bit crazy before long and I'd rather not put too much pressure on those build's.





Looks like a resonable kit, no AM on this except gun barrels. I have a couple of Alclad NMF shades to play with on this one and minimal ;-) weathering this time.
Decals are supplied for aircraft based on Le Shima 1945.
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Dads Army - PACIFIC GB - 1/48 P-47N Thunderbolt 6 years 2 months ago #2

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Hi DA, its a good kitset (though watch for cockpit fit issues) and I look forward to your build of it. What, no seat belts?
You know about Academy decals don't you? They are often times unusable.
Brett Green has some tips in his review -
hsfeatures.com/features04/p47ntg_1.htm
- although I personally don't see why close cutting should make the critical difference. Eliminates the silvering risk I guess ...? Still, the remainder of the decal is still made of the same incredibly thick crap stuff.
As far as I know all P-47Ns were based at Le Shima and there are plenty of AM decals including for Expected Goose (if you decide against the Academy challenge)
From memory I used the IP decal and some aircraft, LR tank & bomb stencils, the latter of which silvered and never settled
Looking forward to your progress reports
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Dads Army - PACIFIC GB - 1/48 P-47N Thunderbolt 6 years 1 month ago #3

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Quick update before closing the fuselage





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Dads Army - PACIFIC GB - 1/48 P-47N Thunderbolt 6 years 1 month ago #4

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Very nice looking cockpit there.
Had a wee laugh to myself, I saw the Liberator in the background and got all excited, then I realised it was just a model, and worse than that mine!!
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'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'

Dads Army - PACIFIC GB - 1/48 P-47N Thunderbolt 6 years 1 month ago #5

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Nice cockpit detail DA. Great looking IP. But where are the seat belts?
I can send you an Eduard green set for free if you want? I generally only use the beige ones but have sometimes just painted over the green.
Green belts would look good against the Yellow Chromate interior colour.
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Dads Army - PACIFIC GB - 1/48 P-47N Thunderbolt 6 years 1 month ago #6

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Cheers guys :)
Thanks for the offer Wally, but it's probably a bit late to fit seatbelts now. I had considered it before I fitted the cockpit to the fuselage but it was already too late - I should have done it before I fitted the seat. As a quick build I can live without them, although my next build will definitely have them - just for you Wally ;-)
I'm more concerned about the gap above the instrument panel. I'm not sure how much will be visible yet but it doesn't look right?



Still have a bit ahead of me. Waiting for glue to cure so I can sand joins etc.



and paint the engine "detail"



and maybe weather in here a bit?



or just close them up :lol:
That's all for now guys :-)
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Dads Army - PACIFIC GB - 1/48 P-47N Thunderbolt 6 years 1 month ago #7

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Wow, coming along nicely...
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I have a plan to overcome the seatbelt dilemma.........................



which means there is no reason to leave the gun bays open.........................






I'll let the primer harden off properly then start polishing her up for a coat of Gloss Black ;-)
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Cool! looking awesome DA.
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In Progress:
Tamiya 1/48 F-117A
Hasegawa 1/48 TA-4K
www.kiwimodeller.com/index.php/forum/38-...zaf-1-48-ta-4k-build

Completed:
Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M

Dads Army - PACIFIC GB - 1/48 P-47N Thunderbolt 6 years 1 month ago #10

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Looks good mate, I've recently built one of these, I like the Academy kits, I've built the N and the D so far, also have other makes like the old Monogram, Tamiya and Hasegawa ones but these go together nicely.
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Dads Army - PACIFIC GB - 1/48 P-47N Thunderbolt 6 years 1 month ago #11

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Might be a bit late now to detail behind the instrument panel but on the full scale p47's, there was actually a big gap there that you could see down behind the dash, so that is right. Looking good though, I've got the hasegawa 1/32 one part started and they are definitely a big aircraft...

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Dads Army - PACIFIC GB - 1/48 P-47N Thunderbolt 6 years 1 month ago #12

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"I have a plan to overcome the seatbelt dilemma........................."
Oh DA, I laughed out loud!
Your plan being .... a headless pilot ...?
Seriously though, your Jug is looking excellent. Can't wait to see more progress.
Cheers
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