Academy 1/48 P-47N Thunderbolt
This was a fun build! I’ve never had much luck with Academy’s decals, so when I found the cool Hawaii ANG sheet, I was set.
Although maybe basic by some standards, I think the cockpit builds up nicely after a wash and drybrushing. Same with the engine.
Had a few fit problems, particularly the gun inserts on the wings, as well as a seam that needed some putty on the bottom of the fuselage. But nothing too difficult to deal with.
I don’t like shiny bare metal finishes, as I don’t think they look real. So I toned this down with a semi-gloss coat, and then weathered with graphite pencil in the panel lines that is then scrubbed with a stiff brush to add tone to the surrounding areas. There’s some gentle application of washes and Tamiya weathering kits as well.
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