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Hobby Boss P-47D MAJ Glenn Eagleston

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, April 19, 2024 10:37 PM

That's not just the oil cooler shutters there, it is also the turbocharger dump gate so exhaust gases come out there except when those valves are fully closed.  That's only at very high altitude or low power settings.  That's why there is stainless steel on the belly aft of the dump gates.

Great looking model!

John

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

 

  • Member since
    June 2023
Posted by burrito king on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 10:14 PM

Hey fox and jeaton01, thanks so much for the kind compliments and interesting information.  I feel better about the exhaust stains, and now I can even explain it to people who look at the model.  Speaking of which, someone said since it is wheels down I should try a diorama.  So I got the Tamiya 1/48 Airfield Fuel Truck.  It is very small compared to the P-47, but it is very detailed with great fit and quality of the parts.  It is a fun little build, I am taking my time with it.

It comes with two figures, one holding the fuel hose and nozzle and one with his arm resting on the fuel hose door.  I am the world's worst hand painter, even worse than airbrushing, but I will give a try to painting the figures.  For the diorama itself, I am just thinking a simulated concrete slab.  I am far too lazy for making buildings, grass, bushes, or dirt.

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 10:53 PM

That truck is a great build.  I've done one so far and have at least one more in the stash.  I do believe if the scene is interesting enough people can enjoy it without focussing on my goofs!

http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/armor/1gmcfueler/0181gmcfueler.jpg

John

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

 

  • Member since
    June 2023
Posted by burrito king on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 9:13 AM

Hi jeaton01, beautiful work and a very interesting scene! No goofs here. I love the detailing on the shovel, and also the partially rolled up window on the driver's side. The figures look fantastic as well. If mine come out half as good I will be very happy. I'm still working on this truck, been really busy with other stuff.

  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 10:03 AM

Nice build, BK, and a great finish!  Pretty good for a new guy Big Smile

About the craft store paints-did you find the finish a little granular, and if you did, did you address it in anyway, such as buffing the surface to smooth it?  I ask because I use craft store paints (eg American, Apple Barrel, Folk Art), among others, and I airbrushed them as an experiment.  I found the pigments to be a little coarser than paints made for scale modeling, especially for use on aircraft.  For armor, the texture wasn't bad.  I used a piece of coffee filter paper to rub the surface down a little and make it smoother.  I've thought that I could mix a batch and let it sit for a while, for the larger particles to sink out of the liquid.

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  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 10:23 AM

Your Jug turned out great BK!  Really like the markings - I was considering doing his bird myself.  I think your weathing on the natural metal finish looks great.  Looking forward to your diorama

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    April 2008
  • From: Fox Lake, Il., USA
Posted by spiralcity on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 11:42 PM

She looks great! Nice build.

 

 

  • Member since
    June 2023
Posted by burrito king on Thursday, May 16, 2024 11:23 PM

Hi Baron, thanks for the kind compliments! For my recent P-38 Lightning I used Deco Art yellow for the nose and front of engine nacelles.  It went on smooth by my standards, but I had trouble with coverage.  I struggled to find the right amount of thinning and the right spraying pressure. Too thick and it would clog, too thin and it would run. I needed to thin it and apply several light coats to get decent coverage.  It is smooth enough for my lower standards. Advanced builders would probably find it grainy. For the P-47 cowling I just couldn't get the Deco Art yellow to look right. I ended up using Testor yellow enamel in the little square bottle, I think it was about $5 at Michaels, that worked a lot better for me.

Michaels also has a brand called Craft Smart, I have some in Spanish Olive which I use as zinc chromate.  It airbrushes silky smooth by my standards, the cockpit below was sprayed with that, and Artist's Loft black. I also used it on the P-47 cockpit and wheel wells.  I also have Craft Smart in Graphite which I use for gunmetal, and Raw Sienna which I use for rust.  I have had good results spraying and brushing those Craft Smart acrylics.  These are about the cheapest Michaels has, $1.49 per bottle last time I checked.

I use Artist's Loft black, white, and raw umber for washes and other stuff.  I haven't sprayed it much, but I think it would do good with some practice.

I used Folk Art metallic silver sterling and nickel for panel variations on NMF.  The results were ok. I also use these for quick spraying on landing gear and other small parts. When all is said and done, I am willing to sacrifice some quality to get the economy and convenience offered by craft acrylics.

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    June 2023
Posted by burrito king on Thursday, May 16, 2024 11:48 PM

Hi keavdog, thanks for the compliments. Especially the weathering. I tried really hard to have good balance and not overdo this plane. Positive comments from experienced builder means a great deal to me. I hope you do this plane one day, I know it will be awesome! For the diorama I am probably going to do a simple concrete tarmac. I just don't have the moxie to do grass, trees, fences, dirt, etc. I read another forum that had some simple and easy ways to do concrete. The thing that really terrifies me is painting the figures. My brush skills are pretty dismal, usually the canopy does a great job of hiding the pilot. But trying and failing is the only to get better, at least for me.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, May 17, 2024 7:57 AM

There's a few companies that do either moulded or pre-printed bases

Check this out for tarmac: https://spruebrothers.com/cksc30030-coastal-kits-large-circular-display-base-airfield/

 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Friday, May 17, 2024 9:07 AM

Thanks for talking about your experience with the craft store paints, BK!

I use them mostly now on my figures, and my toy soldiers.  Very easy to use, with my wet palette, and easy to blend and mix colors.  I use other brands, made specifically for modeling, like Andrea, Vallejo Model Color, Lifecolor, too.  The craft store brands are useful for weathering, too.  For example, I use burnt siena and burnt umber for washes.  And at the low prices, they're economical.

I may play with them again for airbrushing, too.

Best regards,

Brad

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