One of the first model planes my father built while introducing me to this mind numbing hobby was a motorized P-47. He did most of the assembly while instructing and allowed me to paint a few details. Fond memories of him fiddling with the pieces while holding a fat cigar between his fingers. I can still smell that aroma. Dad followed up the P-47 with a beautiful Fokker Dr. I, of course in Red Baron Red. He didn’t let me help or play with that one, with good reason of course. This would have been some time in the mid 1960’s to my best recollection. As I stated in my first article, the Mk II Spitfire was the very first model I built without my father’s help. This choice was probably made because of the 1969 Battle of Britain movie.
With the urging of my friend Louis Gardner @lgardner, I will be building two aircraft for the ‘100 Years of The Royal Air Force Group Build’. First off is a 1/48 Revell Spitfire Mk II (my first plastic model build in over 40 years) along with a 1/48 Hasegawa P-47D Razorback Thunderbolt.
Starting off, both models were washed in mild soapy water and left to dry. Not sure this was really required but following what others have indicated, what could it hurt. I started by removing parts from the sprues and was a bit amused and confounded with the Revell model. Clearly imprinted on the lower wing was the following, the sprue cutters are pointing at it.
A little sanding and this was removed. I will readdress this with a wet sand after applying primer. I then cleaned up the cockpit pieces and tested fitted before glue application. My build process is going to be a little slow due to my work schedule. I work four days a week typically making for longer days, so my build time will be limited to available weekends and the occasional Kitchen Pass is handed out by SWMBO.
After the glue was allowed to dry, I painted the interior areas of the fuselage and cockpit pieces.
Now I will spend a little time with my other build, the P-47. I’ve ordered new decals representing RAF service for the Razorback. Once these arrive, I will add a post of them.
By the way Paul Barber @yellow10, if these don’t pass muster, I still have the Lego kit to fall back on.
MTC. James B