1/48 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Razorback" No. 73 OTU Royal Air Force

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1/48 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Razorback" No. 73 OTU Royal Air Force

Joined: May 21st, 2005, 10:53 am

June 18th, 2018, 10:27 am #1

This is the third P-47 I've built, but the first Razorback. I liked the look of the P-47 in the RAF camouflage so it was a toss up between this scheme and the SEAC green, brown light grey scheme.

Since my last P-47 was a SEAC camouflaged aircraft I decided to go with the RAF day fighter scheme. These aircraft were painted in the USA using colours "equivalent" to the RAF colours of Dark Green, Ocean Grey and Medium Sea Grey.

The aircraft I've depicted is one operated by the No 73 Operational Training Unit (OTU) Roayal Air Force (RAF) based at RAF Fayid in Egypt in 1946. 
I wanted to go for a well weather dusty  look as I figured the sand and sun would knock the aircraft around a bit. I'm pretty happy with the finish I achieved 



The Kit 
  • Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Razorback (Kit No 61086)

    The Tamiya P-47's are still IMHO the best fitting 1/48 prop kits out there. 
Aftermarket
  • Ultracast Seat
  • Ultracast Wheels
Decals
  • Freightdog 1/48 'Brits Abroad' 
  • Tamiya kit decals for the stencils. The set in my kit were the older style and were unusable but a mate came to rescue with the newer style which performed significantly better.
Paint
  • For Dark Green  - Mr Color 12 "Olive Drab USAAF Aircraft
  • For Ocean Grey - Mr Color 305 (FS36118)
  • For Medium Sea Grey - Mr Color 315 (FS16440)
  • For Sky - Mr Color Sky
  • Other various Mr Color/Mr Hobby greens and greys for weathering
  • Various Vallejo Acrylics for details
Clear Coats
  • Gloss - Gaianotes Clear Gloss
  • Flat - Gaianotes Clear Flatt with a final coat of Testors Dullcoate
Weathering
  • Oil paints
  • AK/Mig Filters
  • Tamiya Weathering Sets
The Base
  • The surround is made from cheap skirting from Bunnings. I've made it so the ground section can be changed depending on the model.
  • The sand is the stuff left over from one of those kids puzzle fossils they have to dig out.
    I originally was going to use this for the entire base but some research into where 73 OTU was based, RAF Fayid in Egypt, revealed that the base had extensive tarmac areas 
  • The tarmac is just a sheet of card painted with machinery grey spray paint



Cheers Calum
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Joined: June 28th, 2005, 12:03 am

June 18th, 2018, 11:13 am #2

Excellent build and finish Calum. Very nice pics.

Frank
Frank
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Joined: October 30th, 2010, 6:07 am

June 18th, 2018, 2:38 pm #3

nice worn bird, good finish!
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Joined: October 18th, 2009, 1:06 pm

June 18th, 2018, 3:02 pm #4

That is sweet! Beautiful work Calum.
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Joined: March 22nd, 2018, 7:25 pm

June 18th, 2018, 4:49 pm #5

Always a treat to see your work, and your photography. This aircraft is one of three markings options in the Otaki kit, never realized until now it's postwar, wonder if they had these during wartime too. Not that it really matters until it's time to decide which cabinet it goes into upon completion ha ha ha...first world problems. :)
It really is an attractive scheme for a razorback, I think, and yours is beautiful.
I like your choice of empty pylons as well, with the open bomb shackles.
I'm not retro, my stash got old. ~John Krukowski
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Joined: March 10th, 2005, 11:29 pm

June 18th, 2018, 6:30 pm #6

Very nice work. Thanks for sharing.
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Joined: December 2nd, 2015, 1:35 pm

June 18th, 2018, 8:05 pm #7

The Jug is not my favorite WW2 fighter, but this one looks just great. Fantastic photos too. 
Very, very well done!

Best
Hubert 
www.kendziorblog.com
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Joined: January 11th, 2015, 2:04 pm

June 18th, 2018, 8:48 pm #8

Very nice work. Love the weathering.
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Joined: May 28th, 2013, 7:16 pm

June 19th, 2018, 12:23 am #9

Very nice!!!
Mark
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Joined: March 1st, 2005, 4:23 pm

June 19th, 2018, 12:48 am #10

Wow that is nice. Great build and I like your list of stuff you used, very helpful. It is always great to see aircraft in scemes not seen too often like this RAF one. Thanks.
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