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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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  • Member since
    July, 2018
Posted by Dutch-modeler on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 1:39 PM

Great build!!!

I use AK interactive paints myself, and I must say they do get the job done but they flow literally everywhere when you get your airbrush too close to your model When applying it. 

(The photo scale may be a bit weird)

I painted my model first with gloss black enamel paint from Revell, and after that I applied AK Xtreme metal polished aluminium 481. Later I will add another gloss coating. 

since I bought this kit on eBay and it wasn’t properly sealed my decalls literally fall apart when I made them wet. So I ordered new ones and now I’m waiting for those to arrive. 

But after all your model looks great and I‘m almost jealous!!! 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 5:08 PM

Well done, Joe.  Base might be a little small, but the effect is it makes the P-47 look properly large.

John

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  • Member since
    June, 2018
Posted by E Baker on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:17 PM

lawdog114

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....

 

Amazing looking build (lots better than the Monogram 1/48 P-51D I just finished), but have one question: why are there two National insignias an the bottom of the wing, and why are they different sizes?

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, September 15, 2018 4:19 PM

lawdog, I picked up a bubbletop and razorback Thunderbolt today at Modelpalooza. Along with eleven other kits to add to my stash.

OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Saturday, September 15, 2018 10:10 PM

More of the cat's pajamas!

Toast

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: Ypsilanti, MI
Posted by MIflyer on Sunday, September 16, 2018 7:46 AM

As usual, your radial looks supurb. I enjoyed your commentary on AK metallics, and was SO happy to see someone not just slap interior green on a P-47, but actually take the time to get that cool, blue-ish Dull Dark Green in there. Well done!

I've built this kit in 1/72, but never gotten around to the 1/48 version in my stash. Looks like I should!

Kevin Johnson    Ypsilanti, Michigan USA

On the bench: 1/72 Fujimi Ki-36 J-BAAR

  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, September 17, 2018 12:37 AM

Hobbie
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?

 

Thanks everyone!

Hobbie, I prefer the slight sheen too.  I use good old Testor's Dullcoat cut with Lacquer thinner) (below.  I have yet to find anything better. 

   

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

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, September 17, 2018 12:40 AM

E Baker
why are there two National insignias an the bottom of the wing, and why are they different sizes?

Thanks!  

I'm guessing its to avoid friendly fire situations, particularly ground fire from AA.  It's common on the Thunderbolts (and looks cool!).  

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

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, September 17, 2018 12:43 AM

MIflyer
happy to see someone not just slap interior green on a P-47, but actually take the time to get that cool, blue-ish Dull Dark Green in there.

Thanks Kevin...

Indeed, good old Dull Dark Green, or Republic Green, although my research has revealed that some early Razorback Jugs did have interior green pits, but I have yet to do one that way.    

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

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, September 17, 2018 12:54 PM

What a great model!!! Those seatbelts are outstanding. I love that engine. I agree with you, all radials need a bit of "bling".

  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, September 17, 2018 6:42 PM

That's a great-looking Jug, one of what I consider the two 2-3 kits ever manufactured.

  • Member since
    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, September 17, 2018 6:54 PM

Beautiful metallic finish!! One of these days I’m just going to dive in and try one for myself. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 GWH Fw 189 A-1 Nachtjager

On deck: 1/48 Bronco IF-17

In the hole: Who knows!  

  • Member since
    April, 2013
  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 1:11 PM

Fantastic as always Joe. Love the subtle panel shading on the wings

 

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 2:20 PM

lawdog, I'm trying your wing mounting method on my ancient Monogram T-28. The dihedral looks correct. I had to shim the left wing with a piece of bond paper to get the wings equal. So far so good. I'm gloing to let it sit overnight before I glue the lower wing. I'm liking what I see though. Thanks for the tip.


OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, September 20, 2018 4:41 PM
Thanks guys! Frank, I’m glad it has worked for you. Let me know how it goes.

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

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:24 PM

How do you compare AK Streaking Fluid to other brands of weathering paints?

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