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P-47D Thunderbolt 82 FG / 78 FG . . .

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
P-47D Thunderbolt 82 FG / 78 FG . . .
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, February 17, 2022 1:04 PM

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I sure hope this works. This is the third time I've masked this cowling. Since I'm is a Thunderbolt/checkerboard mode, I've been trying to get this cowling ready to paint. Each strip of masking tape tapers from 4 cm to 3 cm, all hand cut. Each time I look at the cowling, I adjust the tape a little. The build is an Academy 1/48 P-47D bubble-top. I have kit decals for a checkerboard cowling but why use a decal when you can paint, right? The base coat is an off white I mixed because I didn't want a stark white on the nose of the airplane. Headed to the paint bench to shoot some black. When it's done, I hope the airplane looks something like this picture:

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Posted by EasyMike on Thursday, February 17, 2022 1:08 PM

Yes

Good luck in the paint booth.

 

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, February 17, 2022 1:33 PM

EasyMike

Yes

Good luck in the paint booth.

 

 

Thanks, Mike. Ain't no easy task. I'm cutting new tape and masking the cowling again.

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, February 18, 2022 12:13 AM

Mucho patienski!

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, February 18, 2022 8:35 AM

jeaton01

Mucho patienski!

 

Thanks, John. Maybe I can get the cowling out to the paint bench today.

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Friday, February 18, 2022 12:46 PM

I vaguely remember an article in FSM many years ago where they explained how to mask a cowling on a P-47 for a checkerboard.  good luck with your project!

TJS 

TJS

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 9:48 AM

I did it! I painted the checkerboard cowling for the Thunderbolt. Wow! Masking and Re-masking five or six times until I got it right. So, here it is. Not perfect, but good I think. I'll clear coat the cowling with some Tamiya X-22 Gloss Clear later today. After that I'll paint the inside of the cowling Chromate and Aluminum.

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 10:44 AM

Well done Frank!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 1:31 PM

Amazing work. I did the same thing on my Big Beautiful Doll and it was a ton of work. I completely understand how you feel when you pull it off, cuz it ain't easy. Well done.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 2:59 PM

BrandonK

Amazing work. I did the same thing on my Big Beautiful Doll and it was a ton of work. I completely understand how you feel when you pull it off, cuz it ain't easy. Well done.

BK

 

Thanks, guys. Much appreciated. Now that I've accomplished this I have at least one more Thunderbolt to try. It's interesting, once you have done one checkerboard cowling, a dozen more ideas pop into your head.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 10:54 AM

Very, very well done! I wouold never attempt something like that.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 12:10 PM

Nice Work Frank.  I have a weakness for checker cowled P-47's myself. I have several more I need to build.. This was my last addition.

 

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 12:41 PM

Me too!

 

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 1:02 PM

cbaltrin, I wish my checkerboard cowling looked as good as yours. I used Tamiya tape and Tamiya vinyl tape to mask the cowling on my build. The vinyl tape is pretty thick and I had some leakage under the masking tape. Looks like our builds will be from the same unit.

Did you make stencils or use tape to mask the cowling?

Your squares are 4mm at the cowl flaps and 3mm at the front edge of the cowling?

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Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 7:15 PM

fotofrank
I used Tamiya tape and Tamiya vinyl tape to mask the cowling on my build. The vinyl tape is pretty thick and I had some leakage under the masking tape. Looks like our builds will be from the same unit. Did you make stencils or use tape to mask the cowling? Your squares are 4mm at the cowl flaps and 3mm at the front edge of the cowling?

Hi Frank, Luckily I photographed this process extensively.  I don't know how big the squares are. I think what I did was the measure the circumference of the cowling at the rear edge then divided by total number of checkers...  From my photos looks like I added the back row first, then the 3rd row from the back, then free had masked the 2nd row, using the 1st and 3rd row as guide.

Next I extended each individual row to the front of the colwing with thin strips of tamiya tape and then used your friend (the Tamiya Vinyl tape) to break up the forward rows into checkers... 

I used my silhouette cutter to create masks for the 1st and 3rd rows.. HTH

 

Masking carnage -- The 'After the battle' photo.

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 8:52 PM

Very, very nicely done. Thanks for sharing your process. I have a Silhouette Portrait but I didn't cut any stencils, only used tape. I have plans for two more Thunderbolts, one with a yellow and black cowling. I'll have to try your method. I did measure the circumference of the back of the cowling and at the front. I divided the circumferences by the number of squares and that's how I came up the the 4mm and 3mm size for the checkerboard.

Maybe I should clean the paint off mine and paint it again using your method.

Thanks again for sharing. The cowling looks terrific.

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