1/72 Matchbox P-47D (C?)

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  • Eugene O'Neill, Li'l Abner, P-47
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  • David Mills said 1 year, 10 months ago:

    I spotted this kit on ebay, I had build it as a kid and never been that satisfied with the way it turned out. I thought it might be fun to build it oob and see how it would turn out this time round. The decals are not up to much so thought I would use some aftermarket decals I have for Capt.Eugene O’Neills Li’l Abner – lets see how we get on

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  • Robert Royes said 1 year, 10 months ago:

    Looks like a fun build. I did the old jo hahn P-47 back in my youth.

  • David Mills said 1 year, 10 months ago:

    Thought I would do the initial construction unpainted so we can see it how matchbox intended ! – and then paint after posting that

  • David Mills said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    Thought I would skip detailed construction, of such a simple kit, to provide a look of the completed model as Matchbox would have intended. Undercarriage etc is fixed with PVA to allow for removal and paint. Next stop neutral grey and olive drab

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  • Robert Royes said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    Interesting.

  • David Mills said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    So here we go – undercoat on and a picture of Li’l Abner which is the scheme I am going for!

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  • David Mills said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    The next stage is adding camo which is the standard, neutral grey/olive drab scheme. I used Tamiya paints and tried to vary the intensity of the colours particularly the olive drab to try and give a little depth. Wear was produced by sanding away at the paint in places and then going through the grades to knock back the obvious scratches. The kit has had a black wash which has darkened the colours some nest stop decaling and further weathering – Cheers Dave

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  • Gregg McKim Shaw said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    Looking good.
    Looking forward to seeing the finished model.
    Never had a problem building matchbox kits.
    They always looked good even with the deep panel lines but all these old kits had little or no cockpit detail so left a lot of room for a personal touch.
    I think I transplanted a Heller cockpit into mine.
    Still got a few of the larger scale Matchbox kits in my stash.

  • David Mills said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    Thanks Tom I always enjoyed them – they were a step up form the Airfix kits of the time and always remind me of growing up in the 70’s. Some more photos shortly. Cheers

  • Greg Kittinger said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    looking good so far!

  • Gábor Szabó said 1 year, 8 months ago:

    Nice to see an oldie like this. Time to time I als jump on rhe nostalgia wagon and build a Matchbox kit mostly just for fun or – like You – I remember what I done with such a kit when I was a kid 🙂 Looks good so far!

  • David Mills said 2 weeks, 2 days ago:

    Where does the time go? It seems to have been a year full of crises and interruptions and of projects started and very few actually finished.
    Never mind, I have started to actually to get round to dealing with a few of these and here is the P-47 waiting for a matt coat and a few last minor repairs!

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  • Craig Abrahamson said 2 weeks, 2 days ago:

    This turned out quite nicely given the “small-ish” scale (at least to me) – I’ve seen 48th scale builds that didn’t look as good – some of mine leap to mind. 🙁

  • David Mills said 2 weeks, 1 day ago:

    Thank you Craig

  • david leigh-smith said 2 weeks, 1 day ago:

    Glad to see you taking care of business, David.

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