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1/48 Tamiya P-47D Double Build- 56th FG "Schilling and Gabreski" (Finished)

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1/48 Tamiya P-47D Double Build- 56th FG "Schilling and Gabreski" (Finished)
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 3:36 AM

It's time for my yearly Tamiya Jug therapy build.  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 stuck 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 up like Mongram's P-38 or P-61 and I could actually build something I'd be proud to display. 

As I've said, I've been itching to do another Jug for awhile, so I'm going with two of my favorite subjects, the Tamiya Jug and the 56th FG. The 56th absolutely gave the Luftwaffe nightmares.  So many great pilots, Gabreski, Johnson, Schilling Zemke to name a few.  So what's actually better than a Tamiya Jug? Two of course!

Actually I have been tasked with building two similar schemed 56th FG Jugs for different people, so I decided to build them at the same time for efficiency.  The first will be 62 FS David Schilling's "Hairless Joe".  Schilling became the 56th CO after Zemke was Pow'ed.  On December 23rd 1944, he downed 2 Bf 109 and 3 Fw 190 fighters in one mission.  He would ultimately be credited with 22.5 kills. 

The second will be Gabby Gabreski's bubble top.  Schilling's Hairless Joe will get the lion's share of the attention as I don't want to steal Hoss's thunder over in his fantastic build thread. I hope mine turns out half as nice as his. Gabreski was a "wizard" with the P-47 and he would become the leading ace in the ETO against the Luftwaffe with 28 kills.

 

I started with the cockpits.  They are awesome out of the box.  I mixed about half XF-58 Olive Green with XF-8 Blue to come up with my own Republic's "Dull Dark Green".  I tried somthing different and dybrushed a bit of light green here and there on the green edges.  It's subtle but I like the effect.  I added some Eduard PE belts, which I sourced from my stash.

Schilling

Gabreski

Both together.  I painted them identical. One got the K-14 gunsight though, essentially because I felt like it. 

 

The instrument dials were the kit decals.  I made sure they fit correctly this time. 

The pits fit perfectly into the fuselage....

I should be closing them up 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 damouav on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 5:56 AM

Now, your just showing off... you should put togetyer another of your tutorial for external weathering like you did for radial engines.

Thanks Joe.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 6:07 AM
Ooh ooh Joe is building a Jug

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 4:36 PM

damouav

Now, your just showing off... you should put togetyer another of your tutorial for external weathering like you did for radial engines.

Thanks Joe.

 

Ha! Not really. 

 "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 Wednesday, February 5, 2020 4:36 PM

tempestjohnny
Ooh ooh Joe is building a Jug
 

two portions 

 "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 RadMax8 on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 9:02 PM

What's better than a pair of Jugs? Why a pai* ** **** Hang on, being told I can't use that joke here, whoops! Devil

Joe as usual, you're killing it. In one night you've done what would have taken me weeks to do. 

Quick question, what do you use to simula the paint wear/chipping? I've got a cheap crappy paint brush that I hacked off and used to dry brush with, but seeing your work I want to copy it HAHA.

Thanks for sharing your work.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, February 6, 2020 11:11 AM

RadMax8

What's better than a pair of Jugs? Why a pai* ** **** Hang on, being told I can't use that joke here, whoops! Devil

Joe as usual, you're killing it. In one night you've done what would have taken me weeks to do. 

Quick question, what do you use to simula the paint wear/chipping? I've got a cheap crappy paint brush that I hacked off and used to dry brush with, but seeing your work I want to copy it HAHA.

Thanks for sharing your work.

 

Ha! Thanks Max. For small chipping I use a silver prismacolor pencil. It's easy to overdo so you have to be careful.

 

....and your welcome. Hope some people get a little use out of my tricks. 

 "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 Hoss WA on Friday, February 7, 2020 7:54 PM

Lawdog - Thanks for the consideration on my Gabby Jug, which I just finished. It feels like I've learned over half of my modeling techniques from your tutorials! Thanks again for sharing.

I'm looking forward to your fading and shading on Gabby's jug. I thought it was a challenging scheme in the trade-off between a nice, crisp model and the reality of overspray, tape lines, and sketchy sprayed on camo.  

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, February 14, 2020 1:17 AM

Hoss WA

Lawdog - Thanks for the consideration on my Gabby Jug, which I just finished. It feels like I've learned over half of my modeling techniques from your tutorials! Thanks again for sharing.

I'm looking forward to your fading and shading on Gabby's jug. I thought it was a challenging scheme in the trade-off between a nice, crisp model and the reality of overspray, tape lines, and sketchy sprayed on camo.  

 

Thanks Hoss, and your welcome.  Truthfully, other than some dirt, I probably won't do much fading.  The 56th were meticulous and actually waxed their planes to get a touch more speed out of them. 

 

 "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 Friday, February 14, 2020 1:52 AM

Where was I with these turkeys.  As always, getting the airframe(s) together is a fairly painless endeavor.  Sometimes the rear spine insert on the bubbletop can be problematic and care needs to be taken.  I usually tape it tightly in place and glue it from the inside.  

You also have to take care with the belly seam and not sand out detail where the panel lines converge (ahead of the supercharger waste gate). Masking tape along the seam helps preserve detail here.  I did have to rescribe and add some rivet detail.    

I switched to the Pratt and Whitney R-2800 Double Wasps.  As I've always said, Tamiya's example isn't their best work and in my opinion is the weakest part of the kit.  To quote Wally Cleaver I "gave them the business", particularly some ignition wiring. Here's how I do it.

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

Note the one on the right has better cooling fin detail.  Is the mold getting long in the tooth?

I sought to replicate this bad boy....

Here's what I came up with...

Weathered...

A preshade, almost ready for paint. The "Sch"is for Schilling so I don't confuse them. 

I have the gear doors blue-tacked in place for ease of painting the invasion stripes for which both will get. 

 

 

 "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 damouav on Friday, February 14, 2020 11:44 AM

The work you achieve on the radials just makes your builds pop. A work of beauty all round Joe, well done. Do you polish the airframes prior to preshading/primer?

Thank you for posting.

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Posted by Aggieman on Friday, February 14, 2020 2:22 PM

Gorgeous work as always.  Your radials are jaw-dropping.

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Posted by RadMax8 on Friday, February 14, 2020 3:39 PM

Looks like a couple P-47's to me... Carry on, my man!

Wouldn't doubt that mold gets plenty of use, you may have kits from two ends of the run... either that or you got a Monday kit! I've got a Quickboost engine for when I do my razorback P-47D.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, February 14, 2020 5:28 PM

damouav

The work you achieve on the radials just makes your builds pop. A work of beauty all round Joe, well done. Do you polish the airframes prior to preshading/primer?

Thank you for posting.

 

Thanks and your welcome Damian. No polishing. Other than the seamwork, I don't even prime them. 

 "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 Friday, February 14, 2020 5:28 PM

Aggieman

Gorgeous work as always.  Your radials are jaw-dropping.

 

Thanks Aggie 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, February 14, 2020 5:34 PM

RadMax8

Looks like a couple P-47's to me... Carry on, my man!

Wouldn't doubt that mold gets plenty of use, you may have kits from two ends of the run... either that or you got a Monday kit! I've got a Quickboost engine for when I do my razorback P-47D.

 

Thanks Max. That's my thought. This mold is almost 20 years old already. I've been saying I will eventually drop a quickboost mill in one of these. Too bad you have to drill out the prop hub, and not do it crooked!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, February 20, 2020 7:06 AM

Great work dog. The engines and pits look amazing. Beer

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:40 PM

Always a pleasure to watch your builds.

 

 

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Posted by sickdude on Thursday, February 20, 2020 2:00 PM
Mighty fine sir, mighty fine! You and Mr. Hoss have the P-47 arena covered, that's for sure! Your an inspiration to us all, thank you for sharing Smile.

William (Willy)

 
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Posted by B777Commander on Thursday, February 20, 2020 10:16 PM
I love it so far! I envy your build speed my friend. I have a Tamiya jug that needs built, in Kenneth Dahlberg's livery. I love your choices though too! Gabreski and Schilling are great personalities to go with great liveries.
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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, February 20, 2020 11:22 PM

Fantastic work as usuall - and one of my favorite kits in terms of engineering and fit.  Really looking forward to your camo finish on this one.

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:49 PM

plasticjunkie

Great work dog. The engines and pits look amazing. Beer

 

Thanks PJ

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:49 PM

Tickmagnet

Always a pleasure to watch your builds.

 

Thanks Tick

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:50 PM

sickdude
Mighty fine sir, mighty fine! You and Mr. Hoss have the P-47 arena covered, that's for sure! Your an inspiration to us all, thank you for sharing Smile.
 

Thank you..and your welcome.

 "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 Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:51 PM

B777Commander
I love it so far! I envy your build speed my friend. I have a Tamiya jug that needs built, in Kenneth Dahlberg's livery. I love your choices though too! Gabreski and Schilling are great personalities to go with great liveries.
 

Thanks B777. I did Dahlberg's skull and crossbones a few years ago. Great subject! 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:52 PM

keavdog

Fantastic work as usuall - and one of my favorite kits in terms of engineering and fit.  Really looking forward to your camo finish on this one.

 

Thank you Keav...

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, February 23, 2020 1:55 PM

Man I'm loving that radial!!

Chad

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, February 23, 2020 9:26 PM

Mopar Madness

Man I'm loving that radial!!

 

Thanks

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Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, February 27, 2020 2:09 AM

I continue to plug along on these turkeys.  I'm starting to see Montex masks and Tamiya tape in my sleep.  I endeavored to paint on the stars and bars and invasion stripes.  I figured I'd add the stars and bars first.  First I sprayed down some XF-2 white and added Montex masks.

Next I mixed XF-8 Flat Blue with XF-1 Flat Black to come up with Insignia Blue. I sprayed this next.

I then switched exclusively (for the moment) to Gabby's Jug which would get full invasion stripes.  The fuselage stripes were unique and showed to have only the white stripes with black borders. Apparently they removed the black ones or never painted them in the first place. This photo kind of shows it, at least the "borders".

 

I started by spraying the whole area black.  Then I cut strips of Tamiya tape to outline where the white stripes will go. 

Next White was sprayed.

I then sprayed more white on the wings and then taped off all of the areas to remain white.

I taped the flaps and gear doors in place so everything is consistent.

Next I fired down black which was then taped off (This work was also done to Schilling's Jug, but only the lowers).

My research showed that the 56th FG painted these with RAF stock in their day fighter scheme of Ocean Grey, RAF Green over Medium Sea Grey.  I had these in Tamiya paint.  I started with the underside Medium Sea Grey XF-83 and used XF-2 White to reverse base it.  

Note: At this point both planes are painted at the same time as they share almost the same scheme.

Next I fired down the XF-82 Ocean Grey.  I reverse based this with white as well. 

Next I got to the tedious process of adding the green striping/mottling.  I went in close with low pressure.  I found this challenging on both as reference pictures were hard to find, particularly the upper wing surfaces.  For Gabby's Jug I used the 1/32 Hasegawa P-47 profile in instructions (from my stash) and for Schilling's the limited pictures I could find on the net. In reality this is a crap shoot anyways and it was probably pretty random.  I also sprayed the rudders and cowl bands as appropriate. Overall I'm pleased.

Tape and masks removed (Schilling) 

Gabreski unmasked.

 

I'm pretty happy with the fuselage stripes.

All together?

Time for some weathering then decals.  I hope I don't have to paint any invasions stripes for awhile....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 "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 damouav on Thursday, February 27, 2020 3:13 AM

I'm enjoying seeing you bake these turkeys to perfection,  as always.

You should go on master chef...

In Progress
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger
Pending
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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