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1/48 Tamiya P-47 D-25 RE 56 FG (Fred Christensen's Miss Fire/Rozzie Geth II) FINISHED

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1/48 Tamiya P-47 D-25 RE 56 FG (Fred Christensen's Miss Fire/Rozzie Geth II) FINISHED
Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, August 13, 2018 11:07 PM

I'm in for my yearly therapy Tamiya Jug.  This kit, as well as their Razorback, is my go-to kit that I build when I need to go back and remember why I stayed with scale modeling all of these years.  After a few stinkers, I thought about giving up and going back to video games for stress relief.  Then the Tamiya Razorback jug entered my life and that was it..I was hooked. I realized not all kits build like Mongram's A-10 or P-61 and I could actually build something I'd be proud to display.  

I am once again going with the 56th FG, namely Fred Christensen's very colorful D-25 RE "Miss Fire/Rozzie Geth II".  Christensen had 21.5 kills to include 6 Ju-52s in one mission on July 7th 1944. 

I started with the cockpit.  I mixed about half XF-58 Olive Green with XF-8 Blue to come up with my own Republic's "Dull Dark Green".  It doesn't need anything but a set of Eduard PE, which I sourced from my stash.  

The instrument panel is a decal.  It turned out ok. A few on the bottom right got misaligned, so I carefully scraped them out and replaced them with individual Airscale decals. On my next Jug I may use Airscale exclusively.  

A test fit.  Great as usual.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Rambo on Monday, August 13, 2018 11:51 PM
Going to be another great Jug I'll be watching as always.

Clint

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Posted by damouav on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:30 AM

Hummm I only wish my therapist had curves like that...

If I could subscribe I would.

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Posted by RadMax8 on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 10:06 AM

Off to a great start... as usual!!! I admire your ability to just “eyeball” it. I’m starting to get more into paint mixing, but I cheat and use the iModelKit app.

Other than the seatbelts, what did you use from the Eduard etch set? Maybe a couple doodads on the side?

I’ve been collecting bits to make Miss Mutt/Pride of Lodi for an upcoming build, so I’ll be keeping my eye on this one. 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 6:23 PM

As usual beautiful!!!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 11:11 PM

Thanks dudes...

I've been working on this one along with the P-51.  I go back and forth between the two.  I decided to knock out the engine first.  I rigged it with .10 plastic styrene rod and some copper speaker wire. 

 

If you would like to see how I wire up my radials, see the link below. 

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/149327.aspx

Other than a mildly annoying belly seam, the airframe presented no issues. This kit has great fit.  To ensure there are no wingroot gaps, I always glue the top wings in position first and once dry, I add the lowers. It works everytime.

A few weeks ago I was watching a review of AK Interactive Xtreme Metals on You Tube.  They are enamel based and appear quite durable.  The reviewer was pleased with them, so I was intrigued as well. I decided to grab a few, namely Duraluminum, Aluminum, Dark Aluminum, and Matte Aluminum for a test run in comparison to my usual Alclad.  I started with their black microfiller primer. It went down smooth with a matte finish. 

I then gave it an overall coat of Duraluminum.  I was pleased with the coverage and did not experience wingroot pebbling like I do sometimes with Alclad.  

Now it was time to add some different shades of aluminum, namely dark and matte to break up the monotone silver. Here is where I discovered the downside to this product. The enamel takes quite a while to dry, cure if you will.  I found that it scratched easily with a fingernail, so I had to wait a few hours before it cured enough to be taped over.  Alclad dries almost immediately.  For someone like me where my bench time is at a premium, it's an issue.  I used post it notes to tape off the panels where I could.  This is like three days of work....lol.

I used Gunze Olive Drab and added the anti-glare panel.  I faded it a bit with some XF-57 Buff.

Next I added the 56th FG red cowl band then the yellow rudder for the 62nd FS.  

Soon I will be painting in the invasion stripes and markings. 

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Friday, August 31, 2018 11:50 PM

Looking great so far! Nicely detailed cockpit....

This one will be fun to watch to completion...

Ben

I am a military veteran and am proud to call other veterans, regardless of military branch, brothers and sisters; God bless you all and thank you for your service. I hope you have found peace, enjoyment, and success after your tour of duty as you have earned it...

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, September 01, 2018 2:30 AM

Thanks Ben, nice to have you along...

I'm in for a quick update.  I spent yesterday painting the invasion stripes and the stars and bars.  It was tedious work with Tamiya tape and a ruler, but the end result is way better than decals. 

     

I used Montex masks for the stars and bars.  They worked great..

  

Very worth it. 

Here's why I rig my radials.  The final result is very noticeable.

I will be decaling soon.. 

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, September 01, 2018 2:38 AM

Stripes look great... feeling guilty for using decals lol..  The motor looks fantastic, I am doing more here myself.  As always - looking fantastic.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Rambo on Saturday, September 01, 2018 8:17 AM
The invasion stripes are spot on, just the right level of transparent painting.

Clint

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Posted by RadMax8 on Saturday, September 01, 2018 11:00 AM

I could build every kit in my stash and never reach the level you’re at. This looks phenomenal!

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, September 07, 2018 9:45 AM

Lawdog, I am following this P-47 build very closely. The Jug is probably my all time favorite fighter plane! I have the Tamiya P-47M in my stash. The kit depicts a 56th FG Thunderbolt late in WWII. In your post of August 28, you state that you always attach the upper wing half to the fuselage before attaching the lower wing half. You do this for every build? By attaching the upper wing half you always get correct dihedral, right? Plus no gap between the fuselage and the wing join. I am redoing a Monogram T-28 at the moment and I am going to try this technique of yours to see how well it works for me. As we all know, the wing to fuselage gap on these older kits is always an issue.

Your Thunderbolt build is coming along very well. I aspire to achieve the build quality you have shown here. Modelpalooza is coming up very soon and I will be hunting all the vendors to find the Tamiya Razorback and Bubbletop Thunderbolts to add to my shelf.

Thanks for sharing your build with the rest of us.

OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by Greg on Friday, September 07, 2018 10:35 AM

It's always a treat to see a WIP from you, Joe.

Looking fantastic, as always.

Thanks for the mini-review of the AK Interactive Xtreme Metals. I used Alclad for my first metal finish last year, and the masked off painting of some wing panels and subsequent fast drying of the individual panels was a stand out treat of the build, so I understand.

 

-Greg

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Posted by damouav on Friday, September 07, 2018 4:28 PM

Every time I look at one of your builds you do something even better than the last, well done.

I too bought a heap of AK Extreme Metal paints to coat my P51 build, so looking forward to blasting that down. And I'm still deciding on buying my own vinyl cutter or not... 

Exceptional work, keep it up.

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1/48 Airfix Walrus
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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Friday, September 07, 2018 4:49 PM

Brilliantly done .....as usual! Bow Down

In the queue: 1/48 Vultee Vengeance (RAAF), Spitfire Vb (Malta), Spitfire VIII x2 (RAAF), P39 x2 (RAAF), P43 Lancer (RAAF), Martin Maryland (Malta), Typhoon NF1b, Hellcat x2 (FAA)

 

Chris

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Posted by 1943Mike on Friday, September 07, 2018 11:48 PM

Such fastidious, neat, and beautiful work!

Do you ever re-use the Montex masks?

Mike

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Posted by Toshi on Saturday, September 08, 2018 8:56 AM

What can one say but phenomenal.

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Posted by 7474 on Sunday, September 09, 2018 4:07 AM
Nice work as usual, as I'm sitting here working on my Tamiya 1/48 P-47D-25.
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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, September 10, 2018 8:43 PM

fotofrank
In your post of August 28, you state that you always attach the upper wing half to the fuselage before attaching the lower wing half. You do this for every build? By attaching the upper wing half you always get correct dihedral, right? Plus no gap between the fuselage and the wing join. I am redoing a Monogram T-28 at the moment and I am going to try this technique of yours to see how well it works for me. As we all know, the wing to fuselage gap on these older kits is always an issue.

 

Thanks all.  I'm happy to have all of you along.  

Frank, On all my builds I dry fit everything to test the wing root fit before I commit to glue.  If there's a gap, like on most Hasegawa kits, I do it this way. On this kit, which I build quite often, I sometimes have gap issues if I assemble the wings per the instructions. I find it easier to do it this way to ensure a good joint then use tape "wing tip to wing tip" with tension along the bottom to bring the lower joints together.  It works great.    

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, September 10, 2018 8:45 PM

1943Mike
Do you ever re-use the Montex masks?

 

Hello Mike, thanks, actually no.  Truth be told, lately I've been having residue issues with these.  Some of the adhesive is getting left behind when I peel them off.  I don'tknow what that's all about.  

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Monday, September 10, 2018 9:00 PM

lawdog114

 

 
fotofrank
In your post of August 28, you state that you always attach the upper wing half to the fuselage before attaching the lower wing half. You do this for every build? By attaching the upper wing half you always get correct dihedral, right? Plus no gap between the fuselage and the wing join. I am redoing a Monogram T-28 at the moment and I am going to try this technique of yours to see how well it works for me. As we all know, the wing to fuselage gap on these older kits is always an issue.

 

 

Thanks all.  I'm happy to have all of you along.  

Frank, On all my builds I dry fit everything to test the wing root fit before I commit to glue.  If there's a gap, like on most Hasegawa kits, I do it this way. On this kit, which I build quite often, I sometimes have gap issues if I assemble the wings per the instructions. I find it easier to do it this way to ensure a good joint then use tape "wing tip to wing tip" with tension along the bottom to bring the lower joints together.  It works great.    

 

Thanks, Lawdog. I'm still closing up the fuselage and I'll be trying GMorrison's method of seam sealing like he did on his Matson clipper. Then I'll be attaching the wings per your method. A guy certainly can learn a lot by hanging out in these forums. I'll keep y'all posted.

OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 2:44 AM

Your welcome Frank...

I finally finished this one up.  To recap, it's the Tamiya kit in the 56th FG markings of Fred Christensen's Miss Fire/Rozzie Geth II.  Christensen was a 21.5 kill ace to include 6 in one day on July 7th 1944.

 

The kit is probably my favorite of all time.  I have a whole shelf full of Tamiya Jugs , mostly courtesy of Hobby Lobby's coupons when they carried the good stuff.  Anyways, I digress, other than PE seat belts, it's completely out of the box. The main decals are from Life Like and the insignias were painted on with Montex masks.

I used the AK interactive Xtreme Metals on it and must say are a mixed bag.  They spray nice and look realistic, but I don't like the slow drying time and it scuffs easily. I think I will probably stick with Alclad.  At least now I know. The weathering is a combination of Flory and AK streaking fluid.  I was going for somewhat used and dirty. Let me know what you think.  

Here it is dressed out for a bomber escort mission.  I may change the wing attachments to bombs.  Thanks for following....

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 2:54 AM

Really nice looking build.  Well done once again!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by damouav on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 5:21 AM

Very nice.

Your builds get better ever time!

In Progress
1/48 Hasegawa P51-D
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger
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1/48 Tamiya P47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Roden S.E.5a
1/48 Airfix Walrus
1/48 Hasegawa P38-L
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Posted by Shipwreck on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 5:36 AM
Very nice build, Lawdog. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted by BrandonD on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 11:14 AM

Another great build. You have me itching to pull my P-47M out now.

-BD-

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 11:18 AM

Yeah, just friggin' amazing!!! Love her!!! 

 

Only complaint is the base looks a little small for a monster like the P-47!!! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Chip on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 12:26 PM

I don't often comment on the forums but I am an avid lurker and make a point of following all of your builds.  Beautiful work lawdog!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 7:22 PM

Gamera
Only complaint is the base looks a little small for a monster like the P-47!!! 

 

Thanks all...

Gamera....agreed, I need to make more bases.  It barely fit on this one.  

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Hobbie on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 1:24 AM

Awesome work as usual, Joe!

If I might ask a question, I may have missed something but how do you achieve that slight sheen on the nose, on the matte paint parts, like the red on this one? Your paint job on those parts on every bird you build always look amazingly real, with that smooth almost polished finish rather than flat paint. Is it just a result of the washes?

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