1/48 P-47D, Lt Frank Oiler 84th FS, 78th FG Group Build

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  1. fatboris

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    #1 fatboris, Apr 11, 2010
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    Name: Eric
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    Model: P-47D Thunderbolt "Eileen"
    Scale: 1:48
    Manufacturer: Academy
    Aftermarket add ons: None planned, scratchbuild replacements for what I break

    I've wanted to build a Thunderbolt but didn't know which I wanted to build. I really like the noseart on this one. Looking forward to the cowling decal. :evil:
     

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    Very cool Eric, I'm looking forward to it.
     
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    Nice to have you on board Eric, and that's a very nice kit. I've had one sitting almost finished, in a NMF from the 78th FG.
    Looking forward to your progress.
     
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    Good on ya Eric, a gallant late starter. Nice selection as well, a very sturdy mount.

    :hotsun: :hotsun:
     
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    Nice one Eric.
     
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    great choice Eric
     
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    Welcome Eric - Looks good, the choice of subject is going to make an interesting build.

    Cheers

    Peter
     
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    A very nice choice.:D I've assumed it was for the current GB thread.Therefore I have changed a little bit the title of the post and made it sticky.
     
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    Get into it then!:D:D
     
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    Dug in hard tonight, cockpit is coming together. I'm obviously pressed for time with the deadline coming up quick. Good news is, no travel 2 of the next 3 weeks for me and the wife and kids leave for NM for 5 days starting Thursday. Have the whole weekend to work.
     
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    You got till the end of May mate, so dont rush!:D
     
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    Yep..I agree with Wayne.
     
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    #13 fatboris, Apr 14, 2010
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    Would the stripes in the pic I have be proper or do I need full blown invasion stripes? I'm going to give it a shot to paint them on but if it doesn't turn out I may need to fall back on the decals that came with the kit.

    Interesting stuff while doing the research. Republic used dark green for cockpit but when field would touchup/repaint, they would use the willow interior green so it's possible to have dual color cockpits. Also, P-47's were often shipped over with bare aluminum, logic being it was faster. So when camo was applied it was done in Britain and therefore using RAF paint. Now I have to decide how I want to do cockpit, I may do a mismatch...decisions, decisions.
     
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    The picture indicates only the fuselage stripes, so it would be well after D-Day...with all other stripes removed or overpainted.

    Do the cockpit in Dark Dull Green and then do some touch up areas...it's your model do what you are happy with...:D
     
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    As far as I know, the 78th FG's 'bubbletops' were originally in bare metal, and re-painted in RAF Dark Green and Medium Sea Grey. However, early examples were in OD and NG finish. You'd need to check references for the particualr aircraft, but I think this one was in the RAF paint finish.
     
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    Here's the cockpit...time for gluein':D
     

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    Paint color on the landing gear looks RAF, no? If that's the case, I think I'm safe assuming the upper is RAF green as well. Things are starting to come along now, more pics this weekend.
     

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    Cracking good job so far mate.8)
    I love how u get that aged effect on the 'metal' ,incredible!:shock:
    Cheers,
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    A bit difficult to tell from that pic, but the tones look more like RAF Dark Green than Olive Drab.
     
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