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Andrew Frill
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Tamiya 1/48 P-47M 61st FS

June 14, 2018 · in Aviation · · 23 · 3.2K

Kit with scratch-built lead foil seat belts. Mixed the blue/black color IAW Tamiya's instructions. Must be careful and use the right magnetos, not the ones called out for in the instructions. Aeromaster decals were used. Finished in Tamiya Acrylics and Alclad lacquers for the natural metal areas. Very enjoyable build.


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  1. beautiful work dude!

  2. Love that scheme...excellent build, sir!

  3. Stunning! You did a real good job on this one. Well done!

  4. Very, very nice! Love the paint scheme and the job you did with it.

  5. Excellent paint work and a really cool color scheme. Those baby-blue stars & bars really stand out.

  6. Andrew, Excellent build, on an excellent kit. I really like the paint work, the finish looks great and the color looks perfect (just a hint of blu'ish through the black) that is exactly what my eyes envision this weird color to be ! Well done !
    What did you use to in the panel lines ?

    • Terry,
      thanks for the compliment. I used Tamiya gray panel line wash on the black/blue areas and the black/brown on the underside and the red areas.

  7. thanks fellas, I have 12 more to build lol


  8. well, all around a top of the class build presentation. excellent in all important areas. Love the way u took a dark paint job and made it pop, not look plain/dull like a toy. What did u use as a wash/panel liner with the dark finish, looks great. Your NMF parts are flawless. Love the unique finish/scheme! Hell of a "JUG"!

  9. Andrew, VERY impressive! I love the paint scheme - you did it very well.

  10. Absolutely beautiful build! In a weird coincidence, I was about to post this picture I just stumbled upon on facebook:

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  11. Playing tail end Charlie and Sir Echo while Parroting what the rest have written...
    the 64.00 dollar question why paint the aircraft in Blue and Black cameo ? Black paint makes a aircraft easier to spot. Therefore , once the allies had gained air superiority and the bomber boys wanted to spot the "Little Friends" easier ...they they painted the a/c in a blue/black paint scheme. Or is there a better rational?

    • There were 3 squadrons in the 58th fighter group in 61st, 62nd and 63rd fighter squadrons. The 61st painted their aircraft is the blue/black camo while the 62nd and 63rd did the two tone blue of the 62nd and the gray and camo of the 63rd. I may have them reversed but that was one way to tell the squadrons apart. the 61st FS was primarily used to counter the ME-262 threat and did not carry external pylons, as they gained an extra 20 MPH. They would just carry the belly tank.

      • It wasn't only the blue/black paint. According to a model made for Mike Gladych by his crew chief, using the paint that had been mixed for Mike's airplane, there was also a very dark, nearly black "plum" color. There were likely other shades too, since the paint was mixed by "eyeball" and not by any formula.

        And yes, as everyone else has said, your model looks wonderful.

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        • "the disguising of military personnel, equipment, and installations by painting or covering them to make them blend in with their surroundings.
          "on the trenches were pieces of turf, which served for camouflage"
          synonyms: disguise, concealment, cover, screen
          "pieces of mossy turf served for camouflage" Taken from Wiki.

          Really, the paint didn't act as camouflage it was more for identification to tell the various squadron who's who. Air superiority Black and Blue.

          Its the goal of most fighter pilots not to be seen by the enemy...hit them when they least think of being in danger. This application of paint is in your face and it don't matter.

          • You're right - by the spring of 1945, when these came along, it really didn't matter - though the camouflage of the other two squadrons was more traditional.

  12. Beautiful model, top notch paint work, that engine nose red hue is just terrific. Congratulations Andrew

  13. Nicely done Andrew, a real pleasure to view, thanks for posting.

  14. This is an awesome plane Andrew... well done ! Thanks for sharing it with us... 🙂

  15. Thanks everyone for the compliments.

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