Tamiya Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Bubbletop Build Part II

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.
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.
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.
All the panels have been masked and painted in this view.  The black invasion stripes are more faded than the other black markings.
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.
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.
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.

More finished photographs here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/2020/06/18/tamiya-republic-p-47d-thunderbolt-bubbletop-in-1-72-scale/

10 thoughts on “Tamiya Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Bubbletop Build Part II

  1. Future! I will try that one day. Is it a 50-50 mixture for airbrushing or trials and errors?
    One another note…
    Great build!

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    1. Thanks Pierre! I airbrushed this one straight from the bottle. It is very thin and goes through the airbrush well. It is easy to apply too much and it will pool if you do, so thin coats are the rule. Also be sure to clean your airbrush thoroughly and as quickly as possible afterwards.


      1. The dreaded job of cleaning… What do you use for it to be on the safe side? Is it safer to use normal clear acrylic paint?

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      2. You can clean with water, alcohol, or an acrylic paint thinner – just make sure to do it straight away and do a thorough job. I think of Future as a clear acrylic paint, not sure if there are meaningful differences with a “real” acrylic paints. It does a really good job at eliminating the silvering with decals.

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