Monogram 1/48 P-47D The Turtle No. 10
I have always liked and still do like Monogram 1/48 scale kits, raised panel lines notwithstanding. They have the look, low parts count and build into a nice model. I first built this kit back in the late '80's when my son received it as part of a monthly model builders club kit. He liked the Turtle and the colors. I recently picked the kit up off one of the on line auctions. I wanted this particular kit for the decals as there are no aftermarket decals for this particular aircraft, that I know of. To start, I added copper wires to the engine to add a little interest in that area, added copper wire brake lines to the main gear, brass tubes for the guns and pitot tube. All was going well. I used AIZU tape painted neutral grey for the seat belts. I wanted this to be pretty much OOB so caveman modeling techniques were employed throughout. Things were going well until time to paint. My 42 year old Pasche' airbrush decided to not cooperate and the paint finish is less than what I was hoping for. The invasion stripes went on alright as did the squadron markings on the tail surfaces, but the kit decals didn't want to lie down and the national markings are thin and the invasion stripes show through somewhat. I used Solvaset on them and that almost ruined them. For the national insignia I had a sheet of microscale insignia but those shattered upon trying to slide them off the backing so back to the kit decals.
Overall a bit of a disappointment as I was hoping and striving for a better outcome. I have since gotten a new airbrush and am experimenting with that. I do have a sheet of The Turtle No. 9 for the Razor back and am going to give that a go using the Monogram Razor back kit once I get my airbrush chops back.
The model is less than stellar but I still like it and it was a pleasant build down memory lane.
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