Revell 1/48 P-47N Thunderbolt
This is my latest off the bench and one that gave me lots of problems. Most if not all of the issues were self inflicted. The kit supplied cockpit is OK but wanting more I found a True Detail set a.k.a. Victor, that I was really happy with and it fits perfectly into the fuselage. Since there are no locating points for either cockpit I squared her up using my M1A1 eyeball, then added a cross brace of Evergreen strip styrene to glue it in place. So far so good.
Now the problems, I was not happy with the original NMF, looked too toy to me, nor the blue I used for the tail and cowl. So off it came and I went with Alcad II semi-matte aluminum and acrylic Model Master Intermediate Blue. Much better, until I broke off the antenna as well as the tail wheel. Add some scratches to the paint and a little tab of glue on the wing and fuselage and my perfect model is completed. I’ve concluded this hobby could drive a sane person to go mad if you let it.
The decals are from Kits-World and represent a Jug flown by CPT Don Stuck with the 318 FG at Le Shima in 1945. The National Insignia are from Fundekals and the top coat is Testors flat lacquer from a rattle can. The wing tanks and center line hard point with shackles are from a Tamiya P-47 kit. The center line hard point is not concluded with this kit and the Tamiya tanks have more detail than what’s provided in the box. Antenna line is nylon thread, and I’m calling this baby done and on the shelf to view from 3 feet away. Stay safe my fellow modelers and take this time to reconnect with family and maybe get some bench time .
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