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Tamiya 1/48th P-47 Razorback

Well, despite the problem(s) encountered with the faux pas [dull] “Future” application and the attempt to remedy the ‘silvering’ situation, I think I’ll quit while I’m ahead. I now know that Pledge “multi-surface” is the product I need to look for, not simply [floor wax].
The kit itself was the usual Tamiya quality with little or no fit issues. A joy to build.
It (finally) turned out as ‘passable’ – I think – no thanks to me! I’m stickin’ a fork in it and movin’ on.

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31 responses to Tamiya 1/48th P-47 Razorback

  1. Craig, look for the one that says Pledge with Future. Don’t get the one that says “for wood floors.
    I don’t see the silvering in yours photo’s. Looks pretty good to me.

  2. Nice work Craig.

    One thing, not a criticism, but information passed on for you and others: When P-47s were painted in camo at the factory (like this airplane), the flaps were painted before they were attached to the airplane; thus, the leading edge was also painted. The airplanes with silver leading edges came out of the factory in NMF and were given camouflage in the field, where the flaps were not lowered. This is little-known information, which I learned from the guys in the 78th FG while I was writing the book on them.

    It seems counter-intuitive that the flaps would have been painted at the factory before final assembly, but that’s the way it was.

    Presented for future use in future projects.

    • Again, information passed on by another modeler on HS ( a well-versed Thunderbolt modeler) – albeit too late for this build. I suppose I could “fix” it, but there were, according to the aforementioned unnamed modeler (whom I’m sure you know – at least by reputation), other ‘inconsistencies’ prevalent throughout the finishing process. The all-to-well-argued “behind the canopy color controversy”, wheel well/gear legs color, to name a few. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t always (ok….hardly ever) adhere to the color experts and rivet counters – even the ‘accurate markings’ folks – when it comes to my models. I usually do ’em up in whatever looks the part… or at least what I think looks the part. Other than the modelers on the forums [such as yourself], nobody sees my “model room” or the myriad of builds I have anyhow. And even if they did, most of ’em wouldn’t know what it was anyway…much less if it was ‘right’ or not. I have fun. It keeps me off the streets. it matters not to me. It’s relaxation. It’s a hobby. AND IT USED TO BE A CHEAP HOBBY BACK IN THE DAY….REMEMBER? Not no more, though. Think I’ll have shot of Jack Daniels and go to bed. 🙁

  3. That’s a nice looking Jug Craig! I like it a lot.

  4. future is junk…only good for canopies

  5. Hi Craig, first I’m certainlly no expert, but your airplane looks great to me, if I am able to turn out kits looking half as good I’d be happy! Second, you’re absolutely correct, this is a hobby for us to enjoy, if some people are happy being rivet counters on other peoples’ models then so be it. In my railway modelling days in the UK most “rivet counters” never made a model themselves! Third, in the UK we had a product called Johnsons floor polish, which I know a lot of people use as a finish, but I understand this is now difficult to get, maybe it’s the same as your Future?

  6. This is what I’m told took the place of Future (which is supposedly the same product)….I simply got the wrong one – mine doesn’t say ‘multi-surface’ on the label.

  7. and it clouds if you over do it

    • Well, it looks like we’re just not gonna convince ya are we, Bob…? You must’ve had a less than stellar experience with it, huh..?
      If it matters, I (for one), don’t try to airbrush Future/Pledge – thinned or not – I brush it on and it doesn’t leave streaks or runs. However, I did try using it to loosen decals rather than warm water as someone suggested and THAT didn’t work out so well.

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