This is Hasegawaís P-47D Thunderbolt in 1/48th scale. This kit was a major milestone for me as I conquered those dreaded freehand demarcation lines (Thanks to David Lake for letting me use his Paasche V). Since my return to the modeling world after a 7 year break (before that I was young and just slapped them together), and is only the 5th aircraft model Iíve built in the past 3 years.
As usual I started with the cockpit and used Polly Scaleís Bronze green. It then got treated with a wash of indigo ink and highlighted with a dry brushing of silver and white. I applied drops of future to the dials to simulate the glass.
The exterior was painted Model Masterís OD Green over Model Masterís Neutral Grey. After the decals were sealed with future, I applied a wash of burnt umber which shows well on the underside but the upper surfaces itís hard to tell. Also a light brushing of chalk pastels was applied for exhaust and gun streaking.
Overall I had no major problems with the kit other than the fuselage to wing joint on the lower surface and my usual seam problems. Of the 5 aircraft I have built so far, this is my favorite. Probably cause it looks the best, although my Checkertail P-51D will give it a run for its money.
Photos and text © by Jim Fox