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Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt Bubbletop
Posted by Wolfman_63 on Sunday, July 28, 2019 5:41 PM

This build is the Tamiya 1/48 scale P-47D Thunderbolt “Bubbletop”. It will be detailed with Eduard’s Big Edition photo etch set. For this scheme I will be using the brand new set of decals from Thunder Cals. This is their latest set featuring P-47D’s from the European Theater. I will be doing the “Ozark Queen” of the 84th FS/78th FG from the 8th Air Force. It was flown by Captain Alfred F. Eaton in the summer of 1944.
 
You can check out the details of their new set on their website at https://thundercals.com/48006-78th-fg-365th-fg-bubbletop-and-razorback-tbolts-new-decal-announcement/
 
As typical with aircraft builds, it all starts with the cockpit. While the Tamiya cockpit is highly detailed out of the box, Eduard does add some placards and fine details that further enhance the cockpit. Once the cockpit was built up I started preparing the fuselage to install the cockpit. Eduard does provide an interesting add on. Typically the intercooler on 1/48 scale P-47’s has an opening that just goes into the  fuselage and is typically open. Eduard actually includes all the duct work to the intercooler. It is difficult to photograph but I was able to just get a good angle to show it.
 
If you want to see more photos and follow along check out my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-p-47d-thunderbolt-bubbletop/
 
 














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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, July 29, 2019 2:11 AM

Very well done Dave.  

 "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 Monday, July 29, 2019 4:14 AM

Looks great.  I've never seen the intercooler duct before.  

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Wolfman_63 on Friday, August 2, 2019 3:18 PM

This week’s update on the Thunderbolt is for the detailing of the fuselage. The oil cooler vents just behind the cowl, like the intercoolers, has nothing behind them and the detail kit does not provide anything as well. I searched thru my miscellaneous photo etch extras and found some oil cooler grates and used these along with some styrene stock and added details behind the vents. Then I started on the engine. For the firewall I drilled out the lower intakes and added photo etch details. I then added some photo etch details to the engine cylinders and painted them aluminum. The fuselage was then assembled and now I am working on the engine mountings and the wiring. Also I am checking out a new paint source. The interior of the fuselage was painted with yellow zinc chromate. In order to replicate this color I ended up purchasing paint from Mission Models. The color is very accurate and the paint goes on very well. For this being the first time using this brand I am very happy with the results. Will need to try other colors later. Now onto the photos.
 
You can see more photos and details in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-p-47d-thunderbolt-bubbletop/
 
 
 
 

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Friday, August 2, 2019 4:49 PM

Office looks outstanding

fox
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Posted by fox on Saturday, August 3, 2019 1:51 PM

V - E - R - Y  nice work Dave.

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  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 9:40 PM

Great job so far!!

Devil Dawg

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Posted by Wolfman_63 on Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:09 AM

This update covers the building and detailing of the engine and the detailing of the ammunition bays for the wing guns. The engine cylinders were painted aluminum, weathered with black and dark gray pastel chalk, then the photo etch wiring was added. The hub was painted neutral gray and detailed with silver and black. The wiring was panted canvas brown. I obtained some decals for the ID plates. I opted to use the open cowls so I added the cowl braces included with the photo etch set. The engine was mounted into the cowl and the assembly was mounted to the fuselage.
Next I cut open the panels in the wing (a tutorial on cutting open panels will be posted later this week) and assembled the photo etch ammunition bays. The ammo belts were then fed into them and mounted to the wing. A little detail painting and the bays are done. I am working on the landing gear bays now.
 
You can see all the details and photos from the start in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-p-47d-thunderbolt-bubbletop/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, August 17, 2019 11:59 AM

Very tasty engine. Yum!

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Saturday, August 17, 2019 8:22 PM

Wow that engine looks amazing,very nicely done!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, August 19, 2019 12:12 AM
Looking great! Awesome work!
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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, August 19, 2019 6:52 PM

Beautiful radial Dave! 

Chad

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Posted by Wolfman_63 on Friday, August 23, 2019 7:53 AM

 This week’s update covers the landing gear bays and the landing gear. The bays were detailed with the photo etch side panels and cables/lines. The tail wheel was then painted and installed. I used the photo etch doors for the tail wheel.  The main gear was then detailed and painted along with a couple of kit decals for the landing gear placards. Some photo etch details were added to the fuselage and I started the base coat of paint on the bottom and the ID stripes on the tail and stabilizers.
Working on painting the base coat of the invasion stripes on the lower fuselage and wings then I will be starting the decals.
 
All details and photos can be seen in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-p-47d-thunderbolt-bubbletop/
 















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  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Friday, August 23, 2019 9:58 AM

Looking fantastic

 

 

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Friday, August 23, 2019 3:05 PM

That's incredible! 

 

What references are you using? Not doubting the accuracy, I'd like to try detailing an aircraft like that, but don't have the knowledge about the real thing to do it. 

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Posted by Wolfman_63 on Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:00 AM

The details being added are in the instructions with the Eduard photo etch set. The painting is from the Thunder Cals 006 decal set instuctions. The placards and the information on where they go are from are from the Thunder Cals 005 P-47 information decal set.

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  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Monday, August 26, 2019 11:20 PM

Looks like you’ve got this situation well under control! Outstanding job so far.

Thanks for sharing!

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  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 7:50 AM

Absolutely fantastic work so far!

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Posted by Wolfman_63 on Saturday, August 31, 2019 8:54 AM

For this week on the Thunderbolt I have most of the base coat painting done. I have the invasion stripes painted on. The main landing gear doors were then painted. For the insignias on the side of the fuselage I scanned the decals into the computer then printed them onto a sheet of paper. The insignias were then cut out and I taped them to a wide piece of blue painters tape on a piece of glass. A hobby knife was then used to trim around the paper leaving me with a mask for them. The mask was then removed from the glass and aligned into position. I did this so that the area under the insignias would not have the black and white stripes show thru the decals. The white area was painted then the black stripes.
The side insignias on the aircraft have a natural metal finish (NMF) outline just under the insignia. The decal set provides this. Once the insignia decal was placed I carefully slid the NMF stripes into place. There is also a couple of NMF decals for the intercooler doors. While it may look a little tricky to place the decals on the various surfaces it went very well. The decals conform well and fit into the areas perfectly.
Since I have the ammunition doors open, I once again used the paper insignia to mark where the decal goes and where I needed to make cuts for the ammo panel and the wing. I then scored the surface of the decal where the cuts were needed and slid the decal into place. While the decals are nice and thin, They are not difficult to maneuver into place.
The landing gear was attached and the center drop tank was detailed and installed. I still have some of the side decals to install and then the checkers for the nose. Then I can move on to the finer details and weathering.
Check out the build log for all the details from the start at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-p-47d-thunderbolt-bubbletop/
 
 
 
 

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  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
Posted by TREYZX10R on Saturday, August 31, 2019 9:27 AM

Paint work is excellent, great color modulation!

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Posted by Wolfman_63 on Friday, September 6, 2019 7:57 AM

The P-47D Thunderbolt “Bubbletop” is now complete. The decals went on extremely well. The checkers on the nose fit perfectly. I would recommend the Thunder Cal decals. They are very easy to work with and the instructions are very detailed showing exact placement. I used set 48006 but I also suggest using 48005 which covers the type 4 insignia’s and all the data placards for the aircraft including the engine. They also have 4 other sets for P-47’s, Check out their website at   https://thundercals.com/thundercal-decals/
The Eduard detail set adds some very nice details to the cockpit and fuselage. The kit itself is very nice. No fit issues at all and goes together very well. I really enjoyed building this and will need to get the P-47M to complete the line of Tamiya P-47’s. Now on to the final photos.
 
You can see the entire build with details and photos from start to finish  in my build log at
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Friday, September 6, 2019 9:08 AM
Spectacular! Very crisp and clean finish. Superb details.
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  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
Posted by TREYZX10R on Friday, September 6, 2019 2:58 PM

Very nicely done Sir, top shelf build for sure!

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