1/48 Tamiya P-47D Bubbletop

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  1. Fearsome-13

    Fearsome-13 New Member

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    So a while back (say 2-3 years ago)... I came upon Trumpeters riveting tool. I immediately played about with it and discovered two things...

    A) Its not so easy to use initially

    B) I am completely lousy at riveting

    So I put it away and thought about it some more

    Fast forward 2-3 years:

    I started using Dymo tape for my rescribing jobs and in moment of flash inspiration though I should probly use it for riveting as well. This actually works very well...

    And having recently started using Alclads (P-51)... I decided hey... why not rivet an NMF bird. (Read... hey.. lets do something completely insane).

    I dug out the well documented and loved Tam P-47D that I managed to snag at an incredible price from a second hand stash clear out.

    So, less yadda yadda, more pics!

    Obligatory box shot
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    Some work on the cockpit
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    Left wing in progress
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    Right wing in progress
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    Right wing completed
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    Fuselage work
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    Prop painted with Alclads
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    At this point, the build came to a grinding halt, as I seemed to be making more and more mistakes for the amount of riveting I was trying to do....

    I need to pick up the riveting tool and finish her off.
     
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    It looks great progress of your bird. :thumbleft:

    The rivets look good, I also suffer a little with them.

    Your work will reference me :idea:, I'm about to start a Razorback.:D

    Pending more progress:thumbright:
     
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    Don't give up. It's looking really good.
     
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    Thanks for the kind words chaps!

    Sancer, I will be sure to post more pics when I get back into the build.


    I sourced a fairly good set of scale diagrams online, that have the rough lay out of the riveting patterns, and giving in to a moment of OCD, decided to try and add 90% of them onto the aircraft.
     
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    Great choice of kit.

    I don't have this one but do have the Hasegawa Duck butt kit. The hase kit allows you to build it with or without the fillet. Does this one offer the same option?
    The Hasegawa kit is not as good the Tamiya kit but I will take a run mine and she how she goes.

    keep up the good work and looking forward to seeing more.

    Dave.
     
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    The Tam D Bubbletop allows you to build with and without the fillet...

    The Tam M kit is the real gem, as it allows you two different types of fillet, and has almost all of the D Bubbletop parts.
     
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