Yes, I know. I have too many projects going. A combination of work and life was making me feel burned out....The B-17 project is going to be huge and there are some space issues I need to organize before I can finish that and have room for it (I really don't want to hang it on the wall).
I also needed something different...something I haven't done before. Why not a 1/24th P-47?
So here we go.
The kit comes with two options--348th FG in the PTO and 405th FG in the ETO. I tend to lean toward doing the Pacific, but in this case the ETO one has a much larger naked chick for nose art, so I'm leaning that way strictly for artistic purposes! Seriously....!
Not a lot of AM decals for this one--there are several for the Bubbletop, but not for the Razorback. There's one set of Montex Masks that include an air-sea rescue bird located in the UK and one from the 318th on Saipan. Since I did my 1/32 Razorback as a PTO, this decision is sort of making itself.
OK, here's some shots of the cockpit so far. The only AM is the Airscale Instrument panel and a RB seatbelt, which is still in the mail.
I did steal some leftover placard stencils from the Barracuda Cals F4U cockpit set--I figure who will be able to actually read what some of those say? But I like how they look. I also have the P-47 pilot's manual, which has some excellent detail shots of the cockpit and various control systems/subsystems.
I'm going as much for a look as total authenticity.
Cockpit has been painted with the Euro Dark Green that seems to be a close match for what they actually used, with some silver drybrushing etc. Then a black wash and some Mig pigments to dirty things up a bit.
Did a bit of surgery on the oxygen hose so it looked more round and added the end bit with lead foil.
Still looking for a pilot. May go with the 12th AF guy that's available. Hey, sometimes it got warm in Normandy...
More to come.