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1/48 Tamiya P-47 D 348th FG "Neel Kearby's Fiery Ginger IV" (Finished and some in-progress pictures)

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  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, August 21, 2021 4:20 AM

Hoss WA

Another stunning jug. Congrats! Looks wonderful. 

 

Thanks Hoss

 "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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    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, August 21, 2021 4:20 AM

tempestjohnny
Boy oh boy can you build Jugs
 

Thanks Johnny

 "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 Wednesday, August 18, 2021 7:55 PM

Another stunning jug. Congrats! Looks wonderful. 

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 5:03 AM
Boy oh boy can you build Jugs

 

  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
1/48 Tamiya P-47 D 348th FG "Neel Kearby's Fiery Ginger IV" (Finished and some in-progress pictures)
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 1:05 AM

Hello, I enjoyed the bubble top Jug so much I had to immediately build a razorback version.  I opted to switch gears a bit and do a Pacific version for a change.  I decided on Medal of Honor recipient Neel Kearby's last Jug, Fiery Ginger IV, from 348th FG, so named after his wife Virginia.  On October 11th 1943, Kearby led 4 P-47s on a sweep over Wewak and ran into 40 plus Japanese fighters.  In the ensuing battle he personally shot down 4 Ki-43s and 2 Ki-61s.  This battle, which lasted an hour, earned him the MOH.  On March 5th 1944, while flying Fiery Ginger IV, he was shot down by a Ki-43 and ultimately KIA.  Kearby was credited with 22 kills and was on pace to outscore Bong before his death. 

First I modified the lower two cowl flaps to represent an early D-4 model.  I used an Eduard Look IP and the accompanying seatbelts.  I also used some Ultracast block tread wheels, which I love.  I added brake lines and wired up the engine, as I do with all my radials.  I painted on the main markings with spare Montex masks and used Thundercal decals for FG IV specific markings.  Paints are AK Real Colors OD and faded OD over Neutral Grey.  I was going for faded so I used more of the faded OD.  Chipping was done with the liquid frisket technique and I'm fairly pleased with it. I wanted it noticeable but not overdone. Weathering was first done with diluted black-brown postshading then a follow up with a mix of MIG Ammo and AK enamel washes. 

I'll probably build another one soon, as I'm stuck in P-47 mode at the moment.    

A few in progress pictures.  

Why I rig my radials.  It makes a huge difference.

 

     

 "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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