Tamiya Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Bubbletop Build Part II

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The particular Thunderbolt I’m modeling is the P-47D-30-RE of Major Glenn Eagleston of the 355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, a rather well-known aircraft.  For an overall NMF aircraft there sure are a lot of colors to mask off and here are the first two, yellow on the cowl and the beginnings of invasion stripes under the fuselage.
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The masking tape is just regular household tape from the hardware store.  I have not had any issues pulling off the Alclad as long as the surfaces were properly prepared and the paint was allowed to dry overnight.
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The prop had a yellow hub, the easiest way to paint this is to punch an appropriate hole in plastic card and use that as a mask.
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All the panels have been masked and painted in this view.  The black invasion stripes are more faded than the other black markings.
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Here the landing gear has been installed and the model has been shot with a coat of Future (Klear) in preparation for decals.  The wheels are a natural place for the model to rest while drying, and the Future adds just a little bit more of adhesive to keep all the fiddly bits in place.
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Markings are from an old Super Scale sheet, 72-762, and performed perfectly.  I almost always have good luck with Super Scale.  You do need to double check their profiles though, this one missed the invasion stripes completely.
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After the decals dried overnight I sealed them with a second coat of Future and washed the panel lines.  I didn’t remove all the excess wash, but used it to dirty up the finish with faint streaking.  The model was then shot with a mix of Dullcoat and Glosscoat to make it look a bit more grimy.  The NMF still manages to shine through all the “dirt” which adds interest, at least to my eye.  The antenna wire is 0.004” Nitenol wire.