Academy P-47

Academy P-47

Joined: February 8th, 2010, 11:34 am

May 20th, 2012, 12:36 am #1

Built this a year ago, but just now got around to taking a picture. Finish is aluminum foil. The Academy kit is a pretty good value, but the guns need to be rearranged and the intake ducts under the engine are oversimplified and need scratch-building.
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Joined: May 24th, 2011, 7:53 pm

May 20th, 2012, 12:47 am #2

I need to try foiling. Did you use ordinary kitchen foil?
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Joined: February 8th, 2010, 11:34 am

May 20th, 2012, 7:49 am #3

I think the brand was Reynolds wrap from the blue box. I also used a little bit of 100% recycled foil that came in a green box. It wasn't as nice as the regular stuff (it was a little brittle) but was good to add a little variety of sheen to the panels. I used micro scale foil adhesive. I burnished with cotton swabs, old t-shirts, pencil erasers, and wood scraps. One thing I discovered was that the rough spots on my hands are hard enough to scratch the foil, so if you have any calluses wear gloves! I tried to use Bare-Metal-Foil but the glue on the back gives it a pebbly finish that I couldn't burnish away.
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Joined: October 21st, 2005, 2:28 pm

May 20th, 2012, 12:17 pm #4

Built this a year ago, but just now got around to taking a picture. Finish is aluminum foil. The Academy kit is a pretty good value, but the guns need to be rearranged and the intake ducts under the engine are oversimplified and need scratch-building.
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Beautifully photographed, Paul.

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Joined: July 8th, 2008, 10:57 am

May 20th, 2012, 6:33 pm #5

Built this a year ago, but just now got around to taking a picture. Finish is aluminum foil. The Academy kit is a pretty good value, but the guns need to be rearranged and the intake ducts under the engine are oversimplified and need scratch-building.
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That foil really looks like real metal. (Wonder why?) I'm scared to try, but man that looks good.

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Joined: February 8th, 2010, 11:34 am

May 21st, 2012, 8:31 am #6

Beautifully photographed, Paul.

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the Academy 72nd piston fighters are generally cheap and fun to build with pretty good surface detail. I've yet to try one of the Tamiya kits in the scale. Maybe twice the price is twice as good too? Are you still in Oregon?
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Joined: November 13th, 2008, 10:18 pm

May 23rd, 2012, 1:30 am #7

Built this a year ago, but just now got around to taking a picture. Finish is aluminum foil. The Academy kit is a pretty good value, but the guns need to be rearranged and the intake ducts under the engine are oversimplified and need scratch-building.
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Wow, Paul - that's one sweet looking model. Excellent work on that foil finish - I know how hard it is to get that right - and the paint job over it. You've done yourself proud!
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Joined: September 2nd, 2011, 1:06 pm

May 23rd, 2012, 5:06 pm #8

Built this a year ago, but just now got around to taking a picture. Finish is aluminum foil. The Academy kit is a pretty good value, but the guns need to be rearranged and the intake ducts under the engine are oversimplified and need scratch-building.
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This is the one that sunk the axis ship with its quad .50.

The foiling looks FLAWLESS, congrats. As somebody who has tried that in the past I can tell you, you are my new hero.

Let me know if you ever what me to publish it in blitz72.com... I'd love to!

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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

June 4th, 2012, 8:25 pm #9

Built this a year ago, but just now got around to taking a picture. Finish is aluminum foil. The Academy kit is a pretty good value, but the guns need to be rearranged and the intake ducts under the engine are oversimplified and need scratch-building.
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Nice work Paul - that's a magnificent build from the Academy kit, I've done a few of these myself, but shied away from a metal finish

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