WIP 1/48 P-47D - still early days...

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WIP 1/48 P-47D - still early days...

Joined: February 15th, 2009, 5:46 am

August 6th, 2012, 9:28 pm #1

Normally I wouldn't post photos of a model this early in construction, but it's been quite a while since I've had (1)a functioning camera, (2) a dedicated, semi-clean work area suitable for taking pictures, (3) the desire to work on a model and photograph it, and (4) possessed all of the previous 3 at the same time.

Kit is, of course, the Tamiya P-47, I'm using the P-47M boxing, but it will be built as a late D-30. Tamiya's M kit contains all the necessary parts to build pretty much any Bubbletop D variant.

Still a little bit of work to do in the cockpit, some detail painting on the sidewalls, a few more instrument decals and placards, a couple more layers of weathering, but it's shaping up nicely, I think. This will be a testbed for a new NMF technique that I want to use when I build my Tamiya 1/32 P-51D, and I felt I needed to test it out first to make sure I had the hang of it. Will be pretty much OOtB with some seatbelts, most likely Eduard, but possibly HGW.






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Joined: August 1st, 2004, 8:17 pm

August 7th, 2012, 3:30 am #2

The floor indicates the pilot uses a lotta right rudder for whatever reason, but the rudder pedals themselves show more wear on the left. Hhmmmmm.....?


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Joined: May 19th, 2005, 2:02 am

August 7th, 2012, 4:33 am #3

You would use right rudder a lot more especially to counteract torque on takeoff etc. My 93 year old dad who flew P-40's and P-47's (WW II) and P-51's (Korea) still jokes about how his right leg is stronger than his left because he was always standing on the right rudder ! When I take him flying (Beech V-35 B) he makes sure I don't get lazy on my rudder pedals either !

Chris K.
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Joined: February 15th, 2009, 5:46 am

August 7th, 2012, 8:10 am #4

The floor indicates the pilot uses a lotta right rudder for whatever reason, but the rudder pedals themselves show more wear on the left. Hhmmmmm.....?


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...the right pedal could use a little more. That's just the first layer on the pedals anyway, the floor is done. They'll get toned down by a couple layers of washes, then I'll re-chip with a brighter silver to show fresher wear. I just worked off of photos and the right side floor was scratched more than the left, but the pedals seem pretty evenly worn. Still early days on this one.
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Joined: August 1st, 2004, 8:17 pm

August 7th, 2012, 2:17 pm #5

Keep those WIP pics comin' and we promise to keep our mouth shut. Ya dun gud.


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