P-47D Bubbletop Hasegawa 1/32
This is my Hasegawa P-47D in 1/32nd scale. It represents the aircraft flown at one point by Richard “Dick” Hewitt of the 82nd FS, 78th FG, 8th AF, USAAF. The scheme of RAF Dark Green topsides and Sky undersides is based on an interview with Hewitt himself, who explained how this particular a/c was painted in the field. He also mentions that MX-E was not his personal machine, but I still wanted to do it – especially with the nice color scheme. The decals are a mix of old Superscale and newer Cutting Edge. The cowl checks were mostly applied one at a time (!) from the Superscale generic P-47 cowl pieces. This was because I accidentally crumpled up the Cutting Edge solid decal. The D-Day stripes were painted – actually several times over until I got them the right width and sequence (overall, this was a slow build due mostly to my own errors and subsequent saves).
I must thank Tom Cleaver for warning builders about the step under the fuselage left by the misaligned engine in this kit (in reviews in Modeling Madness some years ago). Rather than using putty to fix it, I carefully realigned the fit of the engine during assembly by sawing off the mounting post and moving it up slightly. It was fiddly, especially when it came to dry fitting the engine after doing all the ignition wiring with solder and getting the cowling to go over that. Nonetheless, it worked and was worth the effort.
As I said before, I am still working out my photographic technique. Although the weathering of the undersides shows up well, the selective shading of panels on the upper surfaces disappears under the lights. I mostly used my iPad, although I tried the SLR to bring out the panel lines and tonal variation better. The RAF Dark Green is actually a mix of Gunze colors, RAF Dark Green, RLM Black Green and USAAF O.D. I got the proportions from a suggestion on-line by the Spanish modeler Juan Villalba in doing his P-51D Missouri Armada. I think he has the right idea in trying to get at the darker tones of repainted US aircraft at RAF bases. The sky is Floquil, a shade of that RAF color which I really like – quite an old bottle of paint as I think its OOP now. I have included one pic I gleaned from the Internet to show MX-Es relatively subtle weathering on the upper surfaces. BTW, you may note that the photo also shows no red rudder for MX-E, so that ‘s what I based that particular choice on. I feel like my weathering doesn’t look to inaccurate, even when somewhat cleaned up by photography..
Cockpit is the Eduard Prepainted set and general colors of the interior are Gunze interior green ( I know many will say it should be bronze green but… ) I did the cowling interior in a silver-grey mixture with graphite, to suggest anodized aluminum, with some components in zinc chromate green. Diamond tread tires are resin bits from Barracuda. I drilled out the barrels for the 50 cal. blast tubes.
Overall, this was a challenging but beautiful kit to build. I really like the tough look of the bubble top p-47 and I am happy with how the kit turned out. Comments and critique most welcome.
19 additional images. Click to enlarge.