Drew T. Posted December 24, 2022 Share Posted December 24, 2022 Hi guys, time to start my next project, Tamiya’s excellent P-47D Razorback. I’ve had it since it was first released and figured it’s finally time to build it. Plus, it’s a nice change of pace after the last few jet builds. As per my usual, I’m adding a bunch of aftermarket goodies, even though the kit doesn’t really need it. Here’s the list: Aires Cockpit 4465 Aires Wheel Bays 4466 Eduard Placards FE197 Eduard P-47D-20 49226 Ulracast Seats 48107 Ultracast Bock Tread Covered Wheels 48124 Resin2Detail R-2800 Fast Fix Engine Master Model P-47 Detail Set AM-48-155 Vector P-47 Exterior Set VDS 48-090 Quickboost P-47 Oil Cooler Exhuast QB 48 291 Print Scale P-47D Thuderbolt Razorback Aces over Europe Part 1 48-077 Thudercals P-47 Data Decals Part 1 48-005 Eduard P-47D Stencil Decals D48069 I’ve settled on representing the P-47D called “Ruthless Ruthie” flown by George P. Novotny since I have not seen this particular thunderbolt modeled. Below is a link to the obituary of the pilot, who sadly died a few years ago. https://www.tributearchive.com/obituaries/3268908/George-P-Novotny Like many P-47s in the MTO, this one carried 150 gallon teardrop tanks. Tamiya includes them on the bubbletop kit, but not the razorback version. I asked Tamiya if I could purchase them, but instead, they sent me a set free of charge! As usual, I started with the cockpit. The Aires set is nice, but since it’s not much of an improvement over the kit cockpit, I can’t really recommend it. I added placards from the Eduard set as well as decals from my Anyz’s, Mike Grant, and Airscale placard sets. To achieve the worn paint on the cockpit floor, seat, and top edges of the cockpit, I painted Aclad Aluminum over the primer base, followed by a protective coat of Mr. Color GX112 clear gloss. I then sprayed the Mr Color 302 green cockpit color. Using my fiberglass pen, I rubbed the edges to wear away the green, exposing the Aclad Aluminum. The clear gloss prevents me from also wearing off the Alclad. I added further paint wear with a light brushing of Vallejo Metal Color Aluminum. The switches and boxes were painted with Tamiya paints and I followed up with a wash of Mig PLW black night. I then sprayed a coat of Mr. Color GX113 clear flat and a light drybrush of light gray to highlight detail. I also used Abteilung 502 Starship Filth to dirty up the seatbelts and a custom mix of brown oil paint on the seat and floor to represent general dirt. A second coat of clear flat seals everything in. I noticed that the rudder pedals in the Aires set were undersized and sat too high off the cockpit floor. The Tamiya petals were more accurately sized and still looked nice, so I went with those instead. The rods extending from the rudder pedals to behind the seat were replicated from stretched sprue. That’s all for now, thanks for looking! Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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