Monday, 15 October 2012

Fujimi 1/72 P-47 Thunderbolt - finished

Fujimi 1/72 P-47D Thunderbolt

Well got to the point, of can't be bothered doing anymore, so she is done.

A fun build, and I enjoyed the kit, I'd certainly build more.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Fujimi 1/72 P-47 Thunderbolt - touching up

Airbrush out tonight, as Bruce Leyland-Jones posted a lovely 1/144th Platz P-47 with the same scheme, and it showed yellow edging tot he black tail stripes. Also some red (I assume) no step marks on the flaps.
A couple of coats of gloss varnish, and I got the brushes out to touch in the eagle.
Much better.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Fujimi 1/72 P-47 Thunderbolt - deccles

Just finished putting the deccles on tonight..
The stars and bars are from an Academy Avenger kit, a little bit crispy but seem to be ok, a tad translucent over the black invasion bands, might have to fix that.

Tranluceny of the eagle isn;t oo bad, as it's a clear decal, I think I'll just have to paint the neck/ace white, and the talon.

I really chuffed with how the skull and crossbones look.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Fujimi 1/72 P-47 Thunderbolt - decals and touch ups

Sat down this afternoon and printed out the decals..
The eagle I pinched from a profile I found on the web, and tidied it up a bit. The skull and cross bones, weren't the best in the profile and to low a resolution so I created them from scratch, and (to me) look a lot better.

Got the airbrush out tonight and sprayed some Klear over them, and fixed the yellow and aluminium on the P-47. Remembered to paint the prop boss yellow, and paint up a prop blur for it, so quite a productive evening.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Fujimi 1/72 P-47 Thunderbolt - painting..

Vallejo Aluminium - tick
Stuffed up touching up the yellow - tick
Yellow overspray on the fuselage - tick
Damaged the aluminium while removing overspray - tick
Masked up to touch up the yellow and aluminium - tick
Writing out "Must use tweezers to lift masking tape, not dirty  great clumsy finger nail" 100 times - tick

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Fujimi 1/72 P-47 Thunderbolt - painting

Well I didn't leave the primer long enough to dry and had some scrape off, so I sanded it back and tried airbrushing it on. Gace it a good few days, then sprayed some white for the yellow, and invasion stripes, sprayed the yellow, and left for a couple of days. Masked up for the black today, and tonight sprayed the black and olive drab.
 A bit of a black booger on the yellow, I was scraping the masking tape to lift the edge with my finger nail, and the nail picked up some black which ended up on the yellow, too impatient to get my tweezers...

I'll leave it for a day or so, then mask up for the silver.. must start doing something about decals too...

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Fujimi 1/72 P-47 Thunderbolt - danglely bits and primer

The kit bombs have bugged me, and I tried to make them more likable, but I gave up..
so rummaged through the spares and bits, and found a couple of more beefy and American looking bombs (top), also added a seam to the fuselage drop tank.

Then had a play with some Vallejo primer..
Brushed on really well, I tried thinning it first, but it was too thin, so then slopped it on, and it self leveled and dried really nicely. Just needs a polish out, and it should be good.

Also tried some Vallejo Model Color Yellow, I should have jsut brushed one coat and left to dry, but I went over it too soon, and it lumped up. I'll sand it smooth.

Why all this Vallejo? Well I decided to retire my old Humbrol Enamels, sick of inconsistent new tins, and sick of the smell of turps I use to clean my brushes. It's quite refreshing to start with some new paints.


Saturday, 8 September 2012

Fujimi 1/72 P-47 Thunderbolt - fit fettling

Got the lower wing on..
here's the underlap, that would have been a wing root gap.
FIlled the gaps in the flaps with a bit of stretched sprue.

Took some sanding to get the cowling to blend in, there was quite a large step. In the process sanded off the lourves, so replaced them with some plasticard. also drilled a couple of holes and added the exhaust bypass.

Added a piece as a sight, and some rails for the canopy.

That silver plastic, really shows up the ghost of rivets past..

Monday, 3 September 2012

Fujimi 1/72 P-47 Thunderbolt - Engine..

Added some stretched sprue as push rods and magnetos(?)
also added some cut drop tanks as intakes.
A bit of paint and a wash and looks busy.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Fujimi 1/72 P-47 Thunderbolt - Undercart and wingies

Have made new undercart doors, and cemented the wing upper halves to the fuselage, as after a bit of dry fitting there was huge gaps at the wing roots.

A bit of tiding up of the cowl flaps and rudder hinge line as well.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Fujimi 1/72 P-47 Thunderbolt

Five weeks without touching plastic, due to house having it's minor cosmetic earthquake damaged repaired, I really need, need, need, to build something, so a bit of Stash diving, and dragged out a Fujimi P-47

 I like the box art scheme, flying skull, crossbones and eagle, awesome, but it's not the scheme included,..
 HV A in white codes.

I really want to do the box art so I'll print some decals I think.

Few parts and fewer instructions, no painting guide, I suppose due to it being:

"Molded in true colour"

"Full rivet detail"

"With detailed pilot"

It has working features as well, spinning prop, working under carriage and the first time I've struck it:

 working flaps!

But all poking the borax aside it looks like a fun build.


Saturday, 14 July 2012

PM 1/72 TA-154 Moskito - finished

Got her finished up this afternoon, and noticed the wing pitot tube had jumped ship just before the photos.. ah well these things happen.

Friday, 13 July 2012

PM 1/72 TA-154 Moskito - masking, paint and decals..

Masked the canopy and added some stretched plastic tube for cannon barrels..
 Coat of primer and quite a bit of sanding and priming..
 Engraved the ailerons...

and flaps. The top wing had engraved flaps and ailerons, while the underside the flaps and ailerons were raised lines.
 Bit of spraying, with home mixed colours, I think the 76 looks too dark..
Decals are a mix of spares ones, though the England Blitz is form the Lindberg Me-410.

A bit of exhaust stains, satin coat and we'll be done..

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Monday, 9 July 2012

PM 1/72 TA-154 Moskito - filling

Faired in the canopy and some correction fluid over the joints.

Both nacelles on.

Added some rounded sprue as lights and some palsticard as the rib.  I dish them out with a drill bit and add some small pieces of stretched sprue as bulbs.

Lindberg 1/72 Me-410 Hornisse - decals

Well found some decals in the spares, and had an enjoyable time applying them..
Codes and nose art from a Fujimi Me-110 sheet, took a while to come off the backing and were quite brittle.  The fin is a triangle form a Matchbox FW-190 sheet, and the crosses form various other sheets.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Lindberg 1/72 Me-410 Hornisse - paint

While the family were out tonight, I got the airbrush setup and got the main colours on.

A very enjoyable time was had. Now I'll have to go through my spare decals and see what I've got.


PM 1/72 TA-154 Moskito - nacelles..

Cockpit painted and all crew in..

Cemented the right hand nacelle on.
also go the tailplane in and canopy, a bit of filelr to blend things in, but the rear of the nacelle will require a bit of shaping..
The nacelle comes to a sharpish edge but the wing fairing is very blunt ans much wider.

Dry fitted the left nacelle..

quite a step, so I'll shim the under side to try and bring the top of the nacelle flush with the wing fairing.

Finished scratch building the replacement air intakes for the engines..
a couple of corner pieces of round sprue, heated to bent to a shallower angle, then the pointed rear faring build up with super glue and talcum power, sanded and scraped to shape, intake opened up with a knife blade. They are not matches for the photos I have but they are better than the lumps that were on them.

I'll fair the canopy in and then add the left hand nacelle.


Friday, 6 July 2012

Lindberg 1/72 Me-410 Hornisse - canopy masked

A well spent hour or so last night and got the canopy masked up..
Strips of tape to define the edges and then Mr masking fluid to fill in. A bit of dark grey for the framing ans to check some seams, a touch of filler and getting close to paint...

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

PM 1/72 TA-154 Moskito - fill and sanding..

Now this is a cracker of a kit, not for ease of assembly but for weird reason, I'm finding it an enjoyable build..
Looking at reviews and the few builds I've found on the web, it sounds a real dog, but it has real personality, maybe seeing all the negatives about it, it generated that lost puppy feeling... it is softly moulded and has strange surface textures, the upper surface of the wing has engraved hinge lines, but the under surface has raised lines.

The canopy is surprising thin, but does have surface marks on it, that have polished out though, and looks fine with a coat of Klear/Future. Though there is no cockpit detail, just two very upright seats and a control column.

A bit of curvature problems in the fuselage, that needed a bit of scrapping to get a closer fit.

A bit of blending and shaping is needed at the wing /fuselage/canopy joints, there's three different shapes happening at this area.
 While looking at some references I noticed that the rear crewman, actually sat further rearward, so out with the electric engraver andremoved the bulkhead..
Now there's room for the crewman, which are two ex Matchbox figures.
 A floor and rear bulkhead added, and some sprue side consoles.
 Had to add the rear crewman as there isn't room to add him after his console has been built.
 Built some radar scopes for the rear guy to look at, and added a seat, armour plate, instrument panel and coaming. A bit of CD case for the window of the rear crewman.

Here is the canopy, not bad. It's had its inside polished and dipped in Klear/Future.

 The engine nacelles seem a bit soft and look small in diameter to me, so I wrapped a piece of 10 thou around the nacelle, sanded back the front of the nacelle and scribed some cooling flaps on it.
Looks a bit better to me, without too much radical surgery. Also had to slice the carburettor intake off, and will make some new ones.

Quite an enjoyable build.