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1/32 P-47D Norma/Little Bunny/Helen


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Hello all, Happy New year and thank lordy 2021 has right done one...Lets hope 2022 is a lot, lot better for us all.

 

This was started in 2021 so i cant really claim this to be a 2022 build, but one that rolled over into 2022. 

 

The Trumpeter P-47D kits seem to be a little hit and miss as i've built a few and this one was a real tricky customer which need a fair amount of filler, sanding and re-scribing (replacing panels that was destroyed in the sanding exercise) to look half decent. I'm working on a few more weathering processes to make my aircraft look more realistic, so if there are any comments on the weathering that may need improvement please leave a comment as all comment are welcome. 

 

This aircraft is: P-47D-30-RE Sno 44-20344 #54 ‘Norma/Little Bunny/Helen and flown by Lt. William "Willy" Lyke and shared with Lt. Brad Muhl.

 

The Aircraft is finished in RAF Green upper surfaces and Medium Sea Grey lower surfaces. The aircraft has the Leading edge of the nose cowl finished in red while the tail and wings have yellow identification stripes. the aircraft was an ex-Brazilian aircraft that was turned over to the 57th FG who painted over some of the markings resulting in a patchwork Olive Drab/RAF green finish. The name Norma was added by Lt. Brad Muhl and this was to impress his girlfriend who was a nurse in Pisa, Italy.  

 

Paint: I tend to stick with Gunze as much as i can and went for 303 for the cockpit interior. 27 for the wheel bays, the main paints were 13 (medium grey) and 23 (RAF Drab) with 38 (US tank Drab) for the camo scheme. 

 

Aftermarket: Only added Master 32004 1/32 Gun Barrels, Brassin Wheels and Eagle Cal's EC#104 set. As ever Eagle Cal do a great job on their decals but i wish they included the prop markings in this set. Seat belt are scratch built with tape and spare buckles.

 

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As i said, please comment on the weathering is there is anywhere i can improve on this. 

Keep safe folks.

 

 

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Frankly, I like the weathering. It is very subtle where as we see many kits overdone in that regard. By the time you have to ask yourself "Have a gone too far in my weathering?", you probably have...

 

So, IMHO, a very nice representation of the subject here! However, as drop tanks didn't hang around for long, they would be less prone to weathering.

 

Mark Proulx

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I like it a lot! The weathering and paint work are very well done indeed. If I had to give one suggestion, it might be to work a bit more soot via either pastels, or Tamiya weathering pallets or airbrush, into the exhaust areas along with a bit of exhaust staining along past where the exhaust exits are. IMHO the Tamiya weathering pallets are excellent for this and you can wipe them off before flat coating if you dont like a particular application. They work especially well for exhaust staining for peeps who dont like to use the airbrush for them. 

Overall, its an excellent effort and a great scheme you dont often see. Well done! 

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  • 2 weeks later...
On 1/6/2022 at 11:00 PM, Citadelgrad said:

That's a nice looking Jug.  I am struggling with a Hasegawa D right now, doesn't seem like I will ever get finished.  tiny and major setbacks aplenty.

This is nicely weathered.  

 

On 1/7/2022 at 2:16 AM, Michael931080 said:

Lovely JUG!  :goodjob:

Heck.... now I want to know why it is called the JUG.

Enquiring minds needs to know.

Thank you. 

:frantic:

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40 minutes ago, MARU5137 said:

 

Heck.... now I want to know why it is called the JUG.

Enquiring minds needs to know.

Thank you. 

:frantic:

It's short for "Juggernaut".

 

And what an impressive model of one.  :goodjob:

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6 hours ago, MARU5137 said:

 

Heck.... now I want to know why it is called the JUG.

Enquiring minds needs to know.

Thank you. 

:frantic:

Thanks for all the kind comments on what was a bit of a tricky build.

 

As others have said MARU5137, the P-47 took the nickname of 'the jug' as it was such a large and bulky aircraft, certainly if you compare it to the P-51 sleeker lines. To me, the RAF had the same with two of there fighters namely the Spitfire and the Hurricane (and the Typhoon later on)....its in the eye of the beholder as to what one is better but i'd always take chunky and rough an ready looking aircraft. 

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