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P-47 Halesworth Museum Presentation Piece
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Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 10:33 AM UTC
The shading/fading looks exception on that Nige, must look superb in the flesh/plastic.

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Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 10:21 PM UTC

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The shading/fading looks exception on that Nige, must look superb in the flesh/plastic.

Andy



Thanks Andy.
It'll be interesting to see how it looks when Ive done. I took it quite a bit further on this one than my 1:72 Razorback. Notice how the Klear is darkening the effect and starting to blend it.This will blend further when I add the oil wash and perhaps some post shading with Tamiya Smoke.
Im going to finish spraying the white bands today and if all goes to plan I'll get some decals on this on Friday.
Looks like Im going to be off again until mid March, but it wont be far off finished when I go and should be done pretty quickly when I get back. Just in time for the museum opening again in April
Nige
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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2008 - 05:14 AM UTC
Thanks Derek,,so am I!!
A good day today.
The main decals are on. Ive still got the stencils to apply but I can do that over the weekend.
Its always a bit of a nervewracking time for me when I apply the decals, especially when they are AM and I have no spares.
But thankfully there were no problems on this build and the P-47 now has its identity.
41-6326 UN-Y



This stage of the build is a good point to send a progress report down to the museum. These are being forwarded to Bunny Comstock on my behalf.
Hopefully they will bring back some memories,,( happy ones)
The build is looking on course to be presented to the museum sometime in April work schedule permitting, and Id like it to spend a day on the Bulldogs stand before it goes to its new home.
Nige
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Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 10:51 AM UTC
Stencil decals,,,hundreds of 'em!
Well thats what it seemed like as I was wading my way through them. About 60 altogether in the end, but at least they are now on finally after about 5 hours at the bench.


Im going back to 1:72 after this. The decals are a smaller and theres a lot less of them
Nige
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Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2008 - 02:46 AM UTC
Back from my latest tour and a whole week free before Im off again!
This is supposed to be a "quiet" time of the year traditionally but someone forgot!
I was planning on starting the oil washes the day I got back, but then realised that if I did they wouldnt be dry in time for the Milton Keynes show, ( Im taking it down as a W.I.P),and I didnt want to risk getting dust and general crap into the oil wash so I elected to start the oil washes after MK and use the couple of days before Sunday to work on the odds n sods. (oh yeah,,decorate the living room as well! )
So,,a small progress pic of my small progress!

Im hoping to get this finished in the next week, otherwise its going to be March.
I still need to get a base for it and also sort out getting a plaque made before it goes to its future home.
Nige
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008 - 05:41 AM UTC
Fresh back from its day out at the Milton Keynes show, the razorback is back on the bench.
Oil washes, with a heavily diluted burnt umber, have been applied top and bottom.
Wiping the wash off has added to the fading effect and started to take the shine off the decals and white bands.








Once the wash is dry, the next step will further blend everything together.

Nige
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008 - 01:26 PM UTC
Nige

This is truly awesome. Will the finished article make a show before it gets to the museum?

Andy
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008 - 11:13 PM UTC
Thanks guys.
Its really coming together now.
A lot of the bits and pieces are on and its all matt varnished.
That will dry overnight.
Fingers crossed the canopy comes off ok,,its not glued but its a tight fit.
Should be finished either tomorrow or the day after.
Mal,,thanks for the tip about using a brush hair for the whip ariel,,its worked a treat
Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 05:41 AM UTC
Big day today and the finishing post is rapidly looming into sight at last!
The T'bolt has been matt varnished and all thats left is to add the last couple of bits and pieces and a bit of weathering. Should be done tomorrow
First thing I read on Aeroscale this morning was the P47 canopy shattered thread, which made great reading as I was dreading releasing the canopy on mine!, although it wasnt glued,all those coats of paint and Klear have a certain adhesive factor!
After 10 minutes or so of gentle persuasion it all finally came away cleanly



Hints and tips time
My research showed that Bunnys P-47 was one of the ones fitted with a whip ariel instead of the standard mast.
Thanks to Mal for this highly recommended solution! a 0.3mm hole and the hair from a standard household paintbrush.

Biggest advantage....................................


Provisional plans are to take this to Halesworth for the first weekend they open in April, and I'll probably stay down there for a few days and make a holiday/research trip of it. If theres a show before then I'll definately bring this along.
Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 06:46 PM UTC
Finished.
Im going to leave it alone now for a couple of weeks, and then go back and look with fresh eyes and see if theres anything that I need to touch up before I take it to the museum.
Time to order the plaque and get a base polished up.
I'll have a proper photoshoot when its on the base and ready to go.











Nige
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Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 07:49 PM UTC

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A real work of art Nige, excellent.



Thanks Derek
Its not art though,,what your doing with that figure and the scratch built gunsights is art!,,
Nige
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Posted: Friday, February 08, 2008 - 11:45 PM UTC
Im looking at different options for displaying the P-47.
Four options for the base/plaque.
The first two photos are on a square base, the last two on a rectangular base.








Which do you prefer,or does anyone have any suggestions for something different?

Must get round to putting those decals on the prop blades,,

Nige
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Posted: Saturday, February 09, 2008 - 04:35 AM UTC
No 2 or No 3 for me.

Andy
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Posted: Saturday, February 09, 2008 - 11:48 PM UTC
I originally thought #2, but I think I'll be going with #3 in the end.
The plaque leads the eye towards cockpit, and thats the route the pilot would have taken when climbing in. A bit arty but I reckon thats probably the best layout.
Bet it changes before I get the model to Halesworth.
I dont think I'll be able to keep hold of it until the Cosford show on April 6th, as thats when the museum opens, and I was hoping to have the model at the museum by then.
Nige
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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2008 - 01:48 AM UTC
After its day out in Huddersfield at the weekend the T'bolts all ready for its new home.
I was over the moon when it got placed in the comp!
I will be presenting the model to the museum next week, and spending a couple of days exploring the old home of the Wolfpack while Im there.
I picked up a new base for it at the Huddersfield show which I think sets it off a lot better than the original one.

Bunny Comstock has seen the finished photos and I recieved an email this week passing on his thanks for building the "replica".
Now thats what I call " job satisfaction"
Nige
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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2008 - 06:57 AM UTC
Looks nice Nige.

Well done!

And if the original pilot likes it then job done!
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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2008 - 09:53 AM UTC
Excellant work Nige, the Museum will be proud and Lt Harold Comstock has as you said already expressed his thanks, thats got to be a big warm feeling to be thanked by the vet of the subject you've modelled.

Well done.

Ciao
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Posted: Saturday, March 01, 2008 - 09:38 AM UTC
The end of a 4 month build and a very enjoyable research project.
Bunny Comstock's P47 has returned to Halesworth and is now resident in the 56FG display cabinet.

Im going to have to build myself another 1:48 P47 now, as Id got used to having this one around and all mine are 1:72.
Nige
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Posted: Sunday, March 02, 2008 - 05:32 AM UTC
nice work mate! that model certainly looks right at home in its new setting. (and is that a spitfire exhaust next to it?)