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P-47D-26-RA, Lt. James R. Hopkins, 509th FS, 405th FG, 9th AF, Ophoven, Belgium, March 1945
HGW – belt
Master – barrels
Paint – MR Paint, Tamiya
19 additional images. Click to enlarge.
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Craig Abrahamson said on March 11, 2017
Superb craftsmanship and photography, Artur….VERY nice all around job!
Jeff Bailey said on March 11, 2017
WOW! This is amazing! Artur, this is outstanding & beautiful! Your outdoor photography is also excellent. This is VERY impressive!
Tom Bebout said on March 11, 2017
Nicely done Artur, exceptional photography as well. Could pass for real.
Ulf Lundberg said on March 11, 2017
Fantastic build and paint job!
Great photography on top of that.
If this weren’t a modelling site, I’d think it were photos of the real thing.
Yes, it’s a bit of a cliché to say that, but in this case it happens to be true.
Rob Pollock said on March 11, 2017
Although this kit has been around a long time, it just shows the great results that can be achieved with patience and attention to detail.
Frederick J Seitz III said on March 11, 2017
WOW! Very nice indeed, Artur. I am loving this!! Excellent work, Sir.
Johannes Gerl said on March 11, 2017
I can’t praise enough the quality of your builds and photography recently.
My personal highlights here: the spot-on wheathering which is specifically hard to achieve when you have that lithographic kind of nose art. In your model the colours blend together just perfectly. I also like the decent sheen you give to the surface whilst there is no trace of silvering.
The outdoor photography increases the individualism of these recent articles of yours. I hope you’ll keep them coming!
Terry Schuler said on March 11, 2017
Arthur, This is really nice, A wonderful paint scheme and overall excellent build. Yes, I like it a lot ! Great work !
Bernard E. Hackett, Jr. said on March 11, 2017
Artur, you’ve done it again! It just all comes together, and is amazing. If I was in your neighborhood, I’d sign on to clean your brushes. I figure I’d learn a lot.
Tom Cleaver said on March 11, 2017
The 405th FG was commanded by former 133 Eagle Squadron CO Carroll “Mac” McColpin, who authorized the wild personal decorations on the aircraft for morale purposes, since the unit was engaged in ground attack and during the course of the battle between D-Day and VE-Day took 180% losses.
One minor thing, not a criticism, but info for P-47 lovers on their next build: all P-47 bubbletops came out of the factory in NMF. When they were camouflaged it was done in the field. Most of the time this meant no paint on the lower surfaces (just think about doing that job in the position you’d have to get in with the airplane sitting on its gear), but it was done (see the 78th FG airplanes in RAF Dark Green/Sky), but the 78th FG guy in charge of painting those planes told me you could always tell a P-47 painted “in the field” because the leading edge of the flap would still be in NMF since they were painted with the flaps up. Planes painted in camo at the factory had the flaps painted before attachment to the airplane, thus they were all-over OD on top including the leading edge. Just a little FYI.
This is a beautiful model, particularly the decal work.
Artur Domanski said on March 11, 2017
With flaps have a little bit wrong, sorry, my mistake, perhaps even this can be improved, which regards the bottom of the painting, but rather leaving it in NMF to let me write. In fact, P-47 left the factory without paint or finish in the NMF, but this egzmplarz flew later as Ole Cock III http://p47.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=131894 at the end of 1944 / 1945 got a painting in which I did model. The pictures show that the bottom is painted http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/61221-nice-jugs/page-4, but whether it is NG, it is likely. Sorry for my English, but I’m using Google Translator. Thank you all for your kind and warm words that positively motivate me to continue working. Greetings from Poland
P.k said on March 11, 2017
Stephen W Towle said on March 12, 2017
The deal with being a historian,modeler and imagina-er is that your working with the information available to you at the time and then you stick your neck out and do the model. Of course history and science can change with better information or evidence of…but, on whole you’ve done a excellent job of it. Yet another strong piece of work. I like the fading of the Olive drab and the exhaust stains on the gear doors. That is not always caught by modelers, The wolf graphics and the photography once again make this model a strong candidate for model of the month.
Two thumbs up.
Brian Riedel said on March 12, 2017
Excellent build! Love the subtle weathering.
A little bit of info on the actual plane. It was a hand me down from the 56th Fg, once belonging to Major Donovan Smith.
Greg Kittinger said on March 13, 2017
That is a big, beautiful Thunderbolt! Love your fading and color modulation of the paint work, along with the rest of the detailing. Excellent work!
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