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P-47 Halesworth Museum Presentation Piece
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Posted: Monday, October 22, 2007 - 10:17 AM UTC
This is going to be a build thread with a difference.
Im building the Tamiya 1:48 P-47 Razorback as a presentation piece to the Halesworth Airfield Memorial Museum.
The final scheme hasnt been decided on yet, although obviously its going to be a "Wolfpack" Thunderbolt based at Halesworth. I have access to the extensive reference library at the museum so when the final scheme is chosen it should be possible to obtain a very realistic finish, unique to the individual aircraft. The intention is to build this over the winter months ( it will be a slow build anyway due to my work commitments) and present it to the museum in time for next years opening season.(April-October)
I intend to mount the finished model on a polished wood base with a photograph of the actual aircraft and pilot, and an Aeroscale/Bulldogs logo.



While waiting to decide on the final markings Ive made a small start on the cockpit area. Its the first away from 1:72 for me as well, should be interesing,,(isnt 1:48 big?,,lol)


Nige
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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 05:59 AM UTC
Time for a progress photo.
The cockpit is all but finished. Im waiting for some PE seatbelts to arrive so I can get it closed up. The control stick and gunsight I always leave to the end of the build so I dont damage them when masking the cockpit area.
While Im waiting I'll add some wires to the rear of the instrument panel, just for fun.

Ive made a start on the engine,which Im going to wire up as well.
Nige
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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2007 - 06:25 AM UTC
Delivery from Hannants this afternoon so I have been able to really get stuck into this build.
Engines finished.

Cockpit finished and fusalage together.

Although the finally scheme hasnt been decided its now been narrowed down to a P-47-C.
Loon Models make a "no cut" cowling designed for the Tamiya kit and that arrived today as well.

Nige
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Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 03:52 AM UTC
Hey Nige

This is looking good and a good cause too. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

Ross
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Posted: Monday, October 29, 2007 - 05:50 AM UTC
Thanks Ross.
Over a week, 3 progress reports and only one comment.
I know the forums are generally quiet but ...............
Anyway.
This weekend has mainly been everyones favourite,,seam sanding
The fusalage seams are almost done, and I got bored so dry fitted the wings and cowling.
The resin "C" cowling is an excellent fit.


The final subject will more than likely be a P-47C-5, many of which were fitted with a "whip" ariel instead of a radio mast. More research is required when the final aircraft is decided upon.
Nige
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Posted: Monday, October 29, 2007 - 07:33 AM UTC
hi mate! just caught up with this, i think the quietness of the forums is to do with certain people (i.e. me!) promising to build stuff for sigs at telford, then forgetting until a couple of weeks to go. plus i have a sea king to finish for the helo campaign that ends in a couple of days, so i'm modeling my fingers to the bone
anyway, to the topic in hand. i think the halesworth museum has picked the right man for the job, as you've got P47's down to a fine art in 1/72, and i must admit, if something i built went to a museum i would be quite chuffed to say the least!
and now the obligatory question! whats a no-cut cowling?
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Posted: Monday, October 29, 2007 - 07:41 AM UTC
My appologies too Nige, I have been watching this with great interest but the old SP has really been giving me some grief. Hopefully soon I wont have to use that excuse as all will be revealed but I have had a major set back, which would have made a lesser mortal cry
Anyway, This is looking really good and it will, obviously be a credit to you. The museum is very fortunate. Maybe the club can do more for them

Mal
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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 01:45 AM UTC
Thanks for the replies guys
Certainly helps wih the motivation etc.
Phil,,Loon models advertise their resin AM parts as "No Cut". Basically it does what it says on the tin,,lol. They are direct replacements for the kit parts, and No Cutting is required. The "C" cowling certainly fits like a dream.
It seems we are getting close to nailing the final decal scheme:). The delay has been caused by doubt over the first choice having seen service at Halesworth.( one of only two definate requirements for the build) The doubt is caused by the pilot (both will remain anonymous for the time being) bailing out of a P-47 just a week before the group moved to Halesworth. We are trying to acertain if it was the plane featured on the decal sheet, which would make it unsuitable for this particular project. At the moment both the original pilot and his crew chief are looking in their old records to try and find out!!. ( I should point out that the second requirement of the build is that the original pilot is alive and a friend of the museum and its staff)
Hence me not revealing the identity of the proposed schemes until this question is answered, as the gentleman in question doesnt know the reason behind our research.( Hey,,,its almost turning into my very own "secret project"
Outwardly,the only difference in the two possible subjects is the radio mast.( one had one,the other aircraft had a small whip ariel), but thats not stopping me progressing with the underside.
As the finished model will represent a P-47 pre September 1943, it wont be fitted with a drop tank or shackles, so Ive been able to fill the underside of the fusalage with confidence, and will be able to start painting this area soon.

Since this photo was taken Ive started to prime the airframe as well.
Slow progress, as with all my builds, and with a tour looming fast (which is keeping me away from Telford ) its going to be early next year before this is finished.
Still quicker than one of Mals builds though,,
Nige

Edit...Did i mention that it's NOT 1:72 this time?,,so now you can all stop asking me when Im going to build something in the "proper" scale,,,LOL,,,Downside is Ive had to have a serious tidy of the workbench to make room for the thing!
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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 02:42 AM UTC
Very nice so far Nigel, that cockpit looks superb. How do you get so much detail in these small things...

Cheers
Henk

Taking time out from refurbishing the Wirbelwind... call it 'Target spotting'.....

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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 07:00 AM UTC
aahhhh....i see! i thought it was some sort of technical designation on the real aircraft.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 07:13 AM UTC
Nice work thus far Nigel, love the cockpit work, but whats this about true scale? I thought I was working in the true scale 1/144 right?

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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 08:14 AM UTC

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Nice work thus far Nigel, love the cockpit work, but whats this about true scale? I thought I was working in the true scale 1/144 right?

Ciao
Luciano



surely 144 is big for you, i thought 1:700 was your true scale

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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 09:44 AM UTC

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Quoted Text

Nice work thus far Nigel, love the cockpit work, but whats this about true scale? I thought I was working in the true scale 1/144 right?

Ciao
Luciano



surely 144 is big for you, i thought 1:700 was your true scale

Andy



Well Andy as you are saying........ 1/700 it is


Sorry Nigel.

Ciao
Luciano
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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 06:01 AM UTC
Thanks all.

Quoted Text

Very nice so far Nigel, that cockpit looks superb. How do you get so much detail in these small things...

Cheers
Henk



Henk. The detail on these Tamiya T'bolts is outstanding. Theres no difference in quality between the 1:48th one Im building now and this 1:72 one I built recently.


As for doing anything in 1:144 or 1:700,,,err,,,well,,,thats just wrong!
Further progress on the presentation piece.
Airframe primed today.


A close up of the underneath where I filled the holes where the drop tank shackles and kits drop tank would have been attached.

Next job on the main airframe is preshading. Meanwhile Im slowly working on the various bits and pieces.
Im away working from next Monday but I hope to have the underside painted and faded before I go.
Nige
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Posted: Friday, November 02, 2007 - 05:35 AM UTC
Preshaded.
Underside.

Topside.

Underside sprayed with Tamiya Neutral Grey and then "faded" in three stages using heavily thinned mixtures of neutral grey and white. Klear/Future coats and the oil wash will darken and further blend everything together.
Neutral Grey base coat.

After fading.

Nige
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Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2007 - 03:48 AM UTC
My one day off between tours yesterday and I managed to paint the main gear legs and wheels
Hopefully the paint will be dry when I next see the bench in January
Its a good job Im not having to work to a deadline
Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 07:36 AM UTC
Gasp,,shock,horror
At long last Ive finally managed to have a few hours at the bench!
The olive drab is on and "faded".I'll let this dry overnight and then Klear it. Its going to be good to get some protection on the paint as its been on there a couple of months.
Next job will be to finish painting the flaps and add the white bands on the tail and cowling.
I might even get some decals on this before I go out on tour again if im lucky.



Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 08:55 AM UTC
HI Nigel,

Great work on the wingie thing so far, should turn out a treat.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 09:03 AM UTC
Nige.

Glad you managed to fit a bit of bench time in.

The fading looks fantastic mate, looking forward to seeing this finished, maybe you can bring it to a show before it hits the museum?

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Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 09:11 AM UTC
Looking fantastic Nige, now get back out there and get some work done, you've had far too much time off

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Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 10:09 AM UTC
That looks great mate, definitely worth the wait. Now hurry up and finish it .
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Thanks everyone
Ive only got this week and the it looks like im away again for a few weeks :S
Im planning to have it decalled before I go, and hopefully have the prop and undercarriage etc ready to be fitted.
This has been 3 months in the making almost,longest ever,,even when works taken into account.
Hopefully I'll get it to a show before it goes down to Halesworth.
Its been suggested I take it to MK as a WIP, but Im not 100% that I'll be able to attend yet.
Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 09:27 PM UTC
Nige - This is looking like a very impressive piece. I have always liked the look of the Jug and this one is no different. Now if I can get to a show you will be at to see it in person

Ross
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Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 10:01 AM UTC
Hi Ross.
Hopefully it'll get to a show before it goes into the museum.
Still got the white bands on the starboard side of the rudder and underneath the stabilisers to mask and spray but thought Id post a couple of pics at close of play today.


Flaps and undercarriage are just dry fitted.
Nige