Shelf Queen update

A while ago I decided to try to finish some of my so called shelf queens, meaning models that have been sitting on my shelf or lying in their box, waiting to be finished.
The P-47D I’ve shown here is one of them, which now is nearing finish. So the other day ig got a clear cote on the underside.

Underside clear cote on
Underside clear cote on

I will do the clear cote on the topside asap.

Next in line is my Academy 1/35 M3 Stuart kit. I’ve started to paint it, but evidently it got stuck there. I started with painting the underside and part of the sides and rear in olive drab. The idea is to make it look like it’s been painted over with the desert colours.
I started with the sand colour.

Olive drab underside
Olive drab underside
Sand colour painted
Sand colour painted

Then I masked and painted the next colour.

2nd colour painted
2nd colour painted

Just to realise that it was the wrong colour. So I just painted the “correct” colour once this one had dried.

New camo colour painted
New camo colour painted

Once dry, I masked and painted the last colour.

Last colour painted
Last colour painted

Then I removed the masking tape.

Unmasked
Unmasked

Lastly I started painting details like the tools.

Tools painted
Tools painted

Next will be a clear cote and then decals.

Lastly I picked up this kit again. Had a search session for the box, and found it, but now I must find the instructions and covers for the landing gears. Otherwise it’s ready for decals.

Ready for decals
Ready fo decals

I hope I can get at least one of them done before the end of this month.

P-47D final assembly part 1.

In attempt to solve the problem with the decals, I tried to use Pledge on a few of the stencils. It turned out quite well and I think I’ll use the same method for the rest of the decals.
Meanwhile i glued rocket launchers, bombs and rear wheel.

Bombs and stuff added
Bombs and stuff added

Shortly after I also added tank and landing gears.

Gears and tank added
Gears and tank added

There I left it to dry over night.

Next to do is the rest of the decals before I paint it all with Pledge, then antenna and gun barrels and a few glass pieces needs to go on as well.

P-47D decals part 2.

Now I finally have got all the decals and stencils in place!

Stencils in place
Stencils in place

The decals sure needs some work to sit properly, but with the stencils I might have found a method that might work. As they seems to look in place when wet, I used some Pledge and laid a thin cote with brush on a few stencils. Have to see how that turns out when dry.
No return from that method though!

Gears, covers, bombs, and rockets sorted and some made ready to paint.

Landing gears and other stuff assembled
Landing gears and other stuff assembled.

Then I painted the outside of the covers, bombs and rockets.

Bombs, rockets and covers painted
Bombs, rockets and covers painted

Next will be to get the decals to sit, make brake lines for the landing gears and then do some final assembly.

P-47 Decals part 1

The original decals to this kit isn’t the easiest I’ve worked with. Even on relatively flat surfaces it’s hard to get them to confirm properly, and even with decal fluids it doesn’t seem to work as I want. I just might need to live with silvering in some areas.
Also I need to buy stronger decal fluids, but that won’t help on this one I guess as I won’t get them fast enough.

All large decals on.
All large decals on

So far I’ve done all the major decals and left to do is all the stencils, and normally stencils have a tedency to silver. I just have to see how it turns out with these.

I also must check that I have all other things ready for assembly later.

P-47D – Painting done!

Well almost atleast! I unmasked it and then masked around wheel bays and painted them zinc-chromate yellow.

masking removed.
Masking removed.
Wheel bays painted.
Wheel bays painted.

I’m gonna put a cote of Pledge over the paint to get a gloss or semigloss finish for the decals.

Left to do is landing gears and painting all the small stuff that needs to go on. I decided to go with rockets on this one, just cause it looks so cool.

P-47D – second camo colour.

I’ve heard many praise Hataka colours, but I guess that must be their laquer range they’re talking about. I know acrylic colours have a tedency to clogg up the nozzle after a while. For some reason I thought they were thinned and ready to go, but it clogged up almost instantly.

After cleaning up the airbrush, I diluted the colour and added a few drops of airbrush medium. That made brushing a lot easier and it lasted longer before it clogged the nozzle, calling for another clean up.

After my first go with the second colour, it looked like this.

2nd clour, first cote.
2nd colour, first cote.

A bit spotchy and uneven. So I mixed up a new batch and had one more go.

2nd cote
2nd cote

Still a bit uneven, but perhaps acceptable. I might lay another layer.

P-47D – First cote of paint.

After a second cote of primer to check the seams, I could start to paint the underside in neutral grey.

Underside painted
Underside painted

This is the first time I use Hataka acrylic colours. I started with the paint directly from the bottle, but it clogged the nozzle pretty fast. After diluting it, it was a lot easier to paint. A good thing with the Hataka paints is that there is a ball that helps when shaking the bottle.

I will mask for the medium green colour and see how that turns out. I’ll try to get softly feathered edges.

P-47D prim(er) time!

I glued the front glass and then used blue tack to hold the canopy in place, as I haven’t decided if I’m going to have opened or closed yet. Then I painted the frame.

Canopy in place and frames painted.
Canopy in place and frames painted.

Then I gave almost the whole plane a layer of Vallejo primer. It wasn’t enough to cover everywhere, but enough for me to spot some seams that needs to be taken care of.

Primed.
Primed.

I’ll put primer everywhere once the seams are sorted.

Another new arrival to my stash!

This one arrived with the post, or rather it had to be collected. I bought this from a friend and fellow model builder.

P-47D Thunderbolt box art
P-47D Thunderbolt box art

I’ve wanted one for quite some time and now I finally got one in 32nd scale.
2 versions with Gabreski and one in NFM. Not sure which one I’ll do yet.

P-47D “Eileen” – update.

This kit have been sitting on the shelf since june. Perhaps I can finish it off this year.

I started with painting the inside of wheel and gun bay covers in zinc chromate yellow.

Covers painted yellow.
Covers painted yellow.

I realised that maybe not all off them should be yellow, but instead should be in aluminium or silver. Have to check internet and re-paint if neccessary.

I also masked the canopy and front glas. There’s a part for the sliding mechanism that should be glued to the canopy and that also need paint.
Have to check which colour it should have, and also which colour it should be behind the seat (under the canopy). I think it might be the body colour.

Masked canopy and front glass.
Masked canopy and front glass.

I also need to check that I have the colours needed to paint the body.