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Hobby Boss P-47D MAJ Glenn Eagleston

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Hobby Boss P-47D MAJ Glenn Eagleston
Posted by burrito king on Sunday, March 3, 2024 11:38 PM

Major Glenn Eagleston flew the P-51 for 354th FS and the P-47D for 353rd FS in France 1944-45.  He was credited with 18-1/2 victories.  In Korea, he flew the F-86 and was credited with two Mig-15's.  A couple weeks ago I ordered the Hobby Boss 1/48 P-47D from Ali Express.  The package arrived today.  The kit looks very simple with fewer parts than other brands.  Online reviews seemed to agree it's OK considering the low price point.  As luck would have it, today I also had my first free day in weeks and I was able to process the images for the skull and eagle markings.  I had some good jpgs, I had to make the backgrounds transparent and then export them to png format.  Tomorrow I will print them on my Koala laser decal paper and try them on flat styrene sheet.  

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, March 4, 2024 12:07 AM

Cutting Edge made a decal set for his bird.  I want to do this plane as well.

https://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Rev1/301-400/Rev343-Cutting-Edge-CED48231/00.shtm

 

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, March 4, 2024 10:32 AM

Superscale made a decal sheet with his P-47 markings on them. Also, one of the Testors boxings of the old Hawk P-47, one of the metal plated IIRC, kit came with Eagelston's markings as an option.

 

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Posted by burrito king on Monday, March 4, 2024 9:02 PM

Hi keavdog, stikpusher, thanks for the info.  I tried to get to links where I can buy the Cutting Edge or Superscale decals, but I was unable to find the correct websites.  I know Furball has a set of decals but it's $23.99 + shipping for a whole set of maybe 10 different planes including Eagleston's.

I printed the images on the Koala laser decal paper and tried them on an old 1/72 A-10 I have laying around.  This came out much better than my earlier experiments.  I let the decals soak for about a minute, with absolutely zero bleeding or fading.  The decals went on fairly well, but there is a lot of silvering.  I think I will need to trim them almost to the edges, work on my application technique, and I also have some color correcting to do on the eagle.  But the initial results are encouraging.

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Posted by burrito king on Friday, March 15, 2024 12:06 AM

Painted the engine cowling a couple days ago.  It is all one piece, the front half of the engine is molded directly in the cowling.  I just did some masking and used my trusty Krylon rattle can flat black primer to paint the engine, then used craft acrylics applied with a brush to get some of the engine details.  It was kinda hard to get the brush in there, so I just did the best I could.  Far from a masterpiece, but I got it done in 30 minutes.

Then I tried to paint the cowling with yellow Folk Art craft acrylic.  It didn't go well.  I got what seemed to be a good thinned mixture, and applied many light coats with my airbrush.  I wasn't completely happy with the finish, but I decided it was barely good enough.  But when I applied some masking tape to do some panel line scribing, the tape lifted the acrylic right off.  So I had to remove it all and redo it with Testors yellow enamel.  That came out much bettter, so in the long run it was probably a good thing the tape messed up the acrylic.  The craft acrylic has its uses, but I am also learning its limitations the hard way.

I painted the cockpit with craft acrylic and letting it dry.  For some reasin the Folk Art olive green which I use for zinc chromate goes on way smoother than the yellow.  It's my go to for this purpose.  I also noticed that the fuselage has the tail gear doors molded in the wheels down position.  I don't see any easy way to remove them and glue them for wheels up, so I guess this build will be wheels down.  So I will be using more of the olive geen for the wheel wells.

So far the Hobby Boss kit seems good for the price.  The parts trees are laid out pretty nicely, for example all the cockpit parts are located on their own little tree.  On other models they are scattered on two or three different trees.  And the sprues are nice to cut, with minimal filing and sanding to remove the residue.

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Posted by burrito king on Friday, March 15, 2024 8:28 PM

Cockpit parts dried, glued them together today. Went together nice and easy. Detail is very basic as expected for this price point. Just went through the motions for this, it'll be under a closed canopy. Not gonna bother taking and posting a photo. Hoping to put the fuselage together tomorrow, who knows maybe even the wings. From the reviews this should be a fast build. Hoping to spray the alclad in a couple weeks.

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Posted by oortiz10 on Friday, March 15, 2024 8:46 PM

Hey bk, yeah, these HB T-bolts are basic kits, but they build up nicely. I built one a while back, and I think I may do another. 

They're fun little kits to practice on. I have a lot of P-47 schemes that I want to build, and these are an inexpensive option.

I'm looking forward to seeing how yours turns out. Keep up the great work!

-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

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Posted by burrito king on Saturday, March 16, 2024 9:51 AM

Hi oortiz10, that's a beautiful P-47. I love the subtle staining from the oil coolers, the chipped paint on the wing leading edges.  Also, details like the canopy framing and the propeller. If mine comes out half as good I will be very happy.

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Posted by burrito king on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 11:53 PM

Here's some of what I've been up to the last couple weeks.  Just taking it easy and casual, doing the best a novice can do.  The fuselage went together with no problems, the seams require minimal putty and sanding.  I'll see what happens with the wing roorts.  Hopefully going to put first coat of primer by next weekend.  The Hobby Boss kit had the tailwheel gears molded in the gear down position, it seemed too hard to cut them off to build it gear up.  I haven't built a plane with wheels down since I was a kid.

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Posted by Est.1961 on Thursday, March 28, 2024 5:35 AM

Coming along nicely 

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Thursday, March 28, 2024 8:24 AM

Nice work, BK!  Love those Jugs!  Big Smile

Gary

fox
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Posted by fox on Thursday, March 28, 2024 8:39 PM

Excellent work there BK! Toast Looking forward to seeing the finished bird.

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by burrito king on Saturday, March 30, 2024 5:23 PM

Thanks guys for the kind words and encouragement! It helps keep me going through the setbacks and difficulties.

Glued the wing halves together, the left wing didn't stick together too well, I had to apply a lot of glue and hold it pressed together with my fingertips until the glue set.  I think for the future I will get some plastic C-clamps to hold things together while the glue sets.

The wing roots had a gap but it was easily filled with Vallejo plastic putty.  Almost no sanding was required, maybe I am getting a little better at this.  The sanding of the fuselage seams was also minimal.

Then I applied Krylon gray rattle primer.  Tonight I'll buff it out, and clean up some panel lines where required.  If all goes well, I will spray the Alclad tomorrow.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, March 30, 2024 11:17 PM

You're getting there!  Plastic clamps and clothespins are always handy.  I glue fine grade sandpaper in the grip part of my clothespins so they don't slide off.

John

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Posted by burrito king on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 10:23 PM

Hi John, thanks for the tip. I used my mom's clothespins when I was a kid. I also had problems with the grip part sliding off. Now thanks to you I know how to fix that! Next time I'm at the 99 store I will get some clothespins.

I applied the alclad aluminum to the Jug. The first try was ok, it was a slight improvement over the P-38, but still too grainy for me. I thought 1000 grit alone on the flat gray rattle can primer was good enough. So I sanded the alclad with 1000 and 3000, then did a buffing with some old blue jeans. The second attempt came out better. Even though I am not going for a polished finish in most cases, I think next time I will use a gloss primer. I used the alclad some of the landing gear doors directly on the plastic without priming, and that went on much smoother. I know alclad sticks better with primer, but I was too lazy to prime those little landing gear doors. But from that I learned surface prep is critical, even for plain aluminum.

Here is the P-47 aluminum finish. Still negotiating the learning curve, but good enough for now. Tomorrow I will mask some random panels for darker shading.  After that I will try my hand at the D-Day invasion stripes. Also take exact measurements of the skull and eagle decals and make the final prints on the decal paper.

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, April 4, 2024 9:41 AM

Comming along nicely.  Happy National Burrito Day!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by burrito king on Friday, April 5, 2024 1:13 AM

Hi keavdog, thanks for the compliment, and also for the reminder of National Burrito Day. Lots of promotional deals to choose from, I eventually settled on Taco Bell. To those who say it's not authentic, i know you have a point. But the King does not discriminate, the King welcomes and appreciates all kinds of burritos. I've enjoyed Taco Bell since I was a kid, so there's a lot of nostalgia there.

Applied darker shade for some random panels. For me the key is subtlety in the shading. Too dark does not look right. But I was too careful on my first attempt, it was almost invisible. I eventually settled on a 60-40 mix of aluminum and dark aluminum. I think I am happy with the results, but maybe after I sleep on it I'll darken a few more panels. Tomorrow I will do more buffing, then start applying masks for the D-Day stripes.

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Posted by fox on Friday, April 5, 2024 2:57 PM

Very nice work there! Beer Beer Beer I've never tried any of the new BM finishes. I guess I'm chicken to try. The closest I get to BM is Testors Silver Chrome. Looks good to me and it got me a couple of medals for a couple of P-51's a few years back. Now I stick mostly to camo jobs.

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

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   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by burrito king on Friday, April 5, 2024 11:10 PM

Hi Jim, thanks for the encouragement. If you want to try BM (bare metal?) maybe you should give Alclad a chance. I read the forums and I was very intimidated at first. But then I said F it, I wanna try. I think the real challenge is polished surfaces. Imo the technique is much easier for regular satin aluminum finishes. My first BM build was a P-38. It didn't turn out great, but it wasn't horrible either. The surface prep is pretty straightforward. I use Krylon flat gray rattle can primer, then sand with 1000 grit, 3000 grit, then buff with old blue jeans, flannel shirt, etc. Spraying the alclad aluminum and dark aluminum is easy. I spray at 18 psi, with the dual action airbrush triggered to flow a small amount. I spray around 2 inches from the surface. The odor is very strong so I wear a mask. But other than that, it is easy to work with, easy to clean, etc. My next BM build will probably be a F-86, I will try gloss gray primer and see if I get a smoother surface (but not polished). One day I hope to try a polished F-104 with gloss black primer for a deep mirror shine.

Today I masked the general outlines of the D-Day stripes then sprayed the white portion with Testor's enamel in the small square bottle. I will be masking it for the black stripes so I didn't trust the white craft acrylic. Tomorrow I will do the masking for the black stripes and spray those with black testor's enamel.

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Posted by burrito king on Saturday, April 6, 2024 11:22 PM

Painted the D-Day stripes. Defintely not a masterpiece, but I can live with it. Next week gonna do the skull and eagle decals, then start weathering.

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Posted by lurch on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 5:44 AM

That's looking pretty good. I like the stripes. Great job. Can't wait to see it completed.

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Posted by burrito king on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 12:13 AM

Hi lurch, thanks for the kind words! My first ever attempt with the stripes, they are a bit crooked but I am OK with it.  I guess I could've measured and marked them before putting the tape, but I'm just not that disciplined.

Painted the OD anti-glare panels on top of the fuselage, and the black stripes on the tailfins.  Also printed the decals, gonna try them this week.

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GAF
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Posted by GAF on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 12:21 AM

Looking superb, BK!

Gary

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Posted by burrito king on Thursday, April 11, 2024 1:31 AM

Hi Gary, thanks!  Today I did the decals, and to my relief they worked pretty good.  I soaked them for 2-3 minutes, then applied decal solution after they were placed, then finished with a coat of Quick Shine mixed with some Tamiya clear flat X-21.  Not perfect, they seem on the thick side, you can see some of the clear edges, and there was some slight wrinkling on the curved front of the engine cowling.  But I saved $25 plus shipping, so I am OK.  Next is weathering and final assembly.

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Posted by burrito king on Saturday, April 13, 2024 2:17 PM

Here is a lame ass rookie mistake.  I'm doing weathering and thinking everything is OK, then I noticed the skull on the right side is backward.  The most embarrasing thing is that I actually applied the decal without noticing.  I guess I was so preoccupied with the homemade decals and hoping they would work.  I have to mirror the decal, print another one and reapply it.  Live and learn.

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, April 13, 2024 2:56 PM

The decals look great!  I'm sure I would have done the same thing with the backward flying skull lol...

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Saturday, April 13, 2024 3:11 PM

Another great looking build, BurritoKing!  There's a possibility you could save that decal and just flip it over.  BlueTack is pretty good at pulling decals off, usually completely intact.  You could then use a clear acrylic as an adhesive since it was reversed.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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Posted by burrito king on Saturday, April 13, 2024 9:51 PM

Hi keavdog, eaglecash867. Thanks for the kind words and advice. All the models in this forum are so awesome it's hard to imagine anybody here making such a bone head move. And I never thought you could flip the decal over. I printed some extra left side decals already printed, so I took one and flipped it. Worked like a charm! Thanks again!

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Posted by burrito king on Friday, April 19, 2024 7:27 PM

Another one completed. I think I am improving, but still so far to go.  It's a fun journey, which is probably all that really matters.  I know real jugs didn't have heavy staining from the oil coolers, but I think it looks cool on the model so I claim atistic license lol.  Also the gunpowder stains are too heavy, but I kinda like it that way.  And the Taniya makeup built up at the edges of the eagle decal, which looks lame.  But from far away it's not too bad.  I avoided the decal at first, but the area looked too clean compared to the surrounding areas so I applied some.  Next time I may try to use the airbrush instead.  The staining around the cowling looks too heavy in the photos, but it is a bit less to the naked eye.  Overall the Hobby Boss was fun and easy to build, I am looking forward to trying another one of their kits soon.

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fox
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Posted by fox on Friday, April 19, 2024 9:00 PM

Awsome build! Toast Toast Toast

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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