Much has been said
about this kit from Tamiya on other features in this site, so I shall not
bore you with a review. This is my latest build up and the first P-47 I have
built. I had no hassles building, the kit nearly fell together. It is
a beautiful kit that looks wonderful out of the box.
The only aftermarket enhancement that seemed necessary to
me was etched metal seatbelts from Extratech. I chose to build the "B"
Option of the kit modelling Maj. Gen. William Kepner's aircraft, "Kokomo".
This version does not have wing pylons and
external stores, and needs removal of the outboard machine guns. That said
I have a few spares in the box now!
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model was airbrushed with varying shades of Alclad II, Aluminium, pale burnt
metal and Duraluminium. Most of the painting was achieved in a night as the
Alclad dries quickly and I was able to mask over it after 20mins. The kit decals
took a few applications of the microsol and set but settled down quickly. My
only complaint is the Orange in the nose art is not a solid color. After
decaling I applied a wash of heavily thinned Gunze, oil and rust. I wanted to
achieve a grubby NMF instead of a clean version. I think there is room for
improvement but non-the less I am happy with the end result.
The photos were shot
with my Canon EOS300 in natural light with f25, ISO 100, Shutter 1/25 at a focal
length of 47mm