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1/48 Tamiya P-47D 353rd FG/350th FS "Ken Gallup's Rat-A-Dat 3" (Finished)

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1/48 Tamiya P-47D 353rd FG/350th FS "Ken Gallup's Rat-A-Dat 3" (Finished)
Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, July 12, 2021 3:04 AM

Well, it's been awhile since I've done a full work in progress thread, but I felt a hankering for a Thunderbolt once again so I thought I'd share it. Sometimes I get inspired by a picture, usually aviation art, and I just have to build that subject if I can source decals or piece then together from my stash.  This picture did it for me. 

This is the 353rd FG/350th FS machine of Kenneth Gallup, named Rat-A-Dat 3.  He was a 12 kill ace with 7 of them being Bf 109's.  He is one of the lesser known aces but certainly no less inspiring and is right up there with the best of them. 

 

I was lucky enough to source Gallup's markings, Rat-A-Dat 3, through a Superscale sheet. I've always had good luck with Superscale.  I stated with the pit. On this one I experimented with the frisket chipping technique, that being silver paint first, liquid frisket dabbed on with a sponge, then paint.  Once dry, rub it off and it reveals silver chipping.  I'm not crazy about how it turned out here.  I'll have to save this technique for cowls, wing roots, Japanese stuff, and maybe pits in 1/32 scale. 

On another note, I used up the last drop of my long time go-to cockpit wash, The Detailer, and it seems they not longer make it.  Apparently now I need to find a substitute.  I liked The Detailer because it was water based and easy to use.  On this one I used AK Dark Brown enamel wash and was not impressed.  Perhaps I'm using it wrong.  I'm open for suggestions. If anyone has Black Detailer wash they want to part with I'll offer a King's ransom for it..... 

On a positive note, I like AK Real Color's Dark Dull Green, which seems perfect to my eye.  I also like the Eduard Zoom instrument panel I fired in there.  Anytime I don't have to paint or decal an IP it's a win for me. I recommend these.    

Next I switched to the Pratt and Whitney. I'm not a huge fan of Tamiya's example.  I think it's average at best with the weak cooling fin detail up front.  Someday I'll drop a Quickboost replacement in one of these.  Anyways, I rigged that turkey with lead wire. If your interested in trying this on your next radial, here's how I do it:

How to wire up a convincing radial engine (Updated 2017). - FineScale Modeler - Essential magazine for scale model builders, model kit reviews, how-to scale modeling, and scale modeling products

 

Next I wanted to get the black and yellow 353rd checked cowl overwith and out of the way. Superscale includes decals for these, but the sheet is old and likely for the Monogram or Hasegawa kit.  Besides, I figured it would be fun to torture myself a bit and paint them on. To add insult to my figurative injury, they go from big to small and are diamond shaped....ugh. Squares would have been too easy.  After spraying the black, I got busy by cutting out a few of the diamond decals out and I used them to cut the diamonds out of Tamiya tape with an Exacto. I worked my way around and after two nights of work, a some minor cussing, I was done.   

Far from perfect, but I can live with it...

I sprayed the yellow (touch of red added) then peeled off the tape. I was fairly pleased. Again, not perfect, but I suspect they weren't perfect on the real thing as these markings were field applied. 

 

The airframe went together without a hitch..ready for natural metal. The Tamiya Jug is a joy to build. 

 

So I ran out of Alcad Duraluminum halfway through the top wings.  I decided to give the AK Interactive Xtreme metals a shot again. Here is the result of several shades, namely Duraluminum, Aluminum, Dark Aluminum, and Matte Aluminum.  The wings are Duraluminum and the fuselage is Matte Aluminum.  Various panels were picked out with the other shades.  Verdict?.....it's mixed.  They spray nice and smooth and don't pebble like Alclad will sometimes.  The downside is they are enamel based and take a while to cure.  I had some lifting when I taped off some of the various panels, however, this may be my fault as I neglected to use their primer for these.  I'll still use it ocassionally here and there, but I think I'll restock my Alclad.   

  

Next I will move on to invasion stripes, the OD anti-glare panel, and main markings.  More good times ahead and I'm praying I have no more paint lift off......

 "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 mustang1989 on Monday, July 12, 2021 2:25 PM

Far from perfect my   !!!! That is friggin' amazing work Joe!!! Over the top brother!! 

                   

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 8:33 AM

Absolutely 

 

 

 Nick.

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 9:46 AM

Extra-ordinary work on that cowling, my friend! She's shaping up beautifully. YesBeer

Greg

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"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 9:58 AM

Wow.  Well done. 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Hoss WA on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 4:59 PM

Love the cowl work, Joe. And the metal finish of course is sharp. 

I've had good results with Flory washes if you haven't tried them before. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 5:52 PM

mustang1989

Far from perfect my   !!!! That is friggin' amazing work Joe!!! Over the top brother!! 

 

Thanks Joe. 

 "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 Tuesday, July 13, 2021 5:52 PM

crown r n7

Absolutely 

 

Thanks

 "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 Tuesday, July 13, 2021 5:52 PM

gregbale

Extra-ordinary work on that cowling, my friend! She's shaping up beautifully. YesBeer

 

Thanks Greg

 "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 Tuesday, July 13, 2021 5:53 PM

keavdog

Wow.  Well done. 

 

Thank you 

 "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 Tuesday, July 13, 2021 5:54 PM

Hoss WA

Love the cowl work, Joe. And the metal finish of course is sharp. 

I've had good results with Flory washes if you haven't tried them before. 

 

Thanks Hoss. I'll give Flory a try in there. 

 "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 bvallot on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 6:44 PM

I was looking at that dramatic photo of the Jug at the top and I was thinking the same thing. I'm in! lol

Great looking cowl of course. Worth the time and effort. And the cursing. Happy to hear your verdict on the AK extreme metals. I've been tempted to try some new things, but honestly I'm so stuck with what I've learned with how to use Alclads that I'm a little afraid to venture off. 

Great stuff so far Joe. Looking forward to more. =]

On the bench:  

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

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Posted by damouav on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 8:43 AM

You know my thoughts on your work Joe, but to refresh you, just outstanding!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, July 24, 2021 4:01 AM

bvallot

I was looking at that dramatic photo of the Jug at the top and I was thinking the same thing. I'm in! lol

Great looking cowl of course. Worth the time and effort. And the cursing. Happy to hear your verdict on the AK extreme metals. I've been tempted to try some new things, but honestly I'm so stuck with what I've learned with how to use Alclads that I'm a little afraid to venture off. 

Great stuff so far Joe. Looking forward to more. =]

 

Thanks Britt.  I prefer Alclad as well.  Now we both know.  

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, July 24, 2021 4:02 AM

damouav

You know my thoughts on your work Joe, but to refresh you, just outstanding!

 

Thanks Damian.  Your kind words are always appreciated.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, July 24, 2021 4:27 AM

Quick update.  It's finished but I figured I'd continue with some in-progress stuff first.  I continued with paintng.  I added the OD anti-glare with AK Real Colors and the lower fuselage invasion stripes.  I had some lifting of the AK Xtreme metal here and there which I had to repair. No rhyme or reason to why.  I never have this problem with Alclad.  I painted the stars and bars with the use of Montex masks. When I removed these masks some left residue stuck to the AK Xtreme.  Again, no idea why.  It was stubborn and I had to carefully sand and repaint these areas.  This really annoyed me.  This stuff is too fragile for taping it seems.  I'll still use it, but not for anything that involves taping.  I'll  leave that to Alclad.  

 

 

Next I added some postshading with NATO Black and Red Brown mixed with diluted alcohol to weather the metal. I focused mostly on the forward fuselage and along the wingroots.  This took awhile to build up on the natural metal.     

 

After a light gloss coat of X-22/MLT, I used the Superscale decals and as usual I had no issues.  

Next I added an AK Interactive paneliner wash which also used as a filter to dirty up the NMF finish. I was going for a used appearance which I think has been achieved.     

I'll have the finished pictures up within the next few days.  

 "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 Mopar Madness on Saturday, July 24, 2021 3:55 PM

LD, you've got the boys in the shop working overtime on these birds!

Chad

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Posted by wpwar11 on Saturday, July 24, 2021 5:50 PM

Outstanding as always.  Would the diamond masking been easier using one of those Infini cutting mats?  

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, July 24, 2021 9:40 PM

Mopar Madness

LD, you've got the boys in the shop working overtime on these birds!

 

Yeah, they have a comprehensive benefits package, including dental. 

 "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, July 24, 2021 9:41 PM

wpwar11

Outstanding as always.  Would the diamond masking been easier using one of those Infini cutting mats?  

 

Thanks! Probably, I seem to always do things the hard way.  Builds character.....

 "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 mustang1989 on Saturday, July 24, 2021 10:23 PM

lawdog114

 

 
Mopar Madness

LD, you've got the boys in the shop working overtime on these birds!

 

 

 

Yeah, they have a comprehensive benefits package, including dental. 

 

Long term disability too? Just checking!! 

 

Unbelieveable speed man!! 

                   

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, July 24, 2021 10:59 PM

Love those checkers! Gotta agree they probably weren't perfect in real life. Yours look damn good tho in scale. Nothing to be worried about there.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, July 24, 2021 11:26 PM

mustang1989

 

 
lawdog114

 

 
Mopar Madness

LD, you've got the boys in the shop working overtime on these birds!

 

 

 

Yeah, they have a comprehensive benefits package, including dental. 

 

 

 

Long term disability too? Just checking!! 

 

 

Unbelieveable speed man!! 

 

Absolutely! Gotta keep them happy.....Thanks Joe!

 "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, July 24, 2021 11:27 PM

TheMongoose

Love those checkers! Gotta agree they probably weren't perfect in real life. Yours look damn good tho in scale. Nothing to be worried about there.

 

Thanks Goose.  My thoughts exactly....

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, July 25, 2021 12:22 AM

Well, as I said, I finished her up the other night.  To recap, It's a build that was inspired by a picture I saw in a book, Rat A Dat 3, flown by Kenneth Gallup, barreling down guns blazing.  I do love aviation art.  He was a 109 killer with 7 of them shot down by him.

 

Aside from the AK Xtreme mishaps, I'm pretty happy with this turkey. The Tamiya P-47 is perhaps the best kit ever made, my opinion of course.  I find it pure modeling bliss.  I have started my first Pacific Thunderbolt as well, Kearby's Fiery Ginger IV.  I could be in Thunderbolt mode for some time. 

I have this one loaded up for a long bomber escort mission with three drop tanks. I considered bombs but I wasn't sure if the 353rd did much bombing, so I went the safe route.   

 

  

 "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 John 3:16 KJV on Sunday, July 25, 2021 11:07 AM

That looks beautiful, lawdog!

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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Posted by Greg on Sunday, July 25, 2021 11:21 AM

All of your builds are so good that it becomes a challenge to comment, Joe.

However, every now and again one really stands out, and though as usual I can't explain quite why, this is one of them. YesYesYes

The overall finish looks perfect, and I have to agree with everyone else, that cowling is eye-popping. I don't think I'd have ever thought to cut out little individual diamond masks.

-Greg

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, July 25, 2021 12:03 PM

Now:

 That's a Jug I could love. Looks like a lot of flight time, But, realistically!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, July 25, 2021 6:25 PM

John 3:16 KJV

That looks beautiful, lawdog!

 

Thanks

 "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 Sunday, July 25, 2021 6:26 PM

Greg

All of your builds are so good that it becomes a challenge to comment, Joe.

However, every now and again one really stands out, and though as usual I can't explain quite why, this is one of them. YesYesYes

The overall finish looks perfect, and I have to agree with everyone else, that cowling is eye-popping. I don't think I'd have ever thought to cut out little individual diamond masks.

 

Thanks Greg.  Far from perfect, but I'm happy with it.  I'm thinking about keeping this one for a while.  

 "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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