The M3A1 build continues and a quick update on the Lightning.

First the hull and chassie was assembled. The wheels had poly caps so they’re just pushed on.

Chassie and hull assembled

The machine gun railing was assembled. A bit fiddly with the movable gun holds, other than that they went on smoothly.

Railing added
Railing added

Then I started with some of the small parts like front lights. Accidently dropped the clear piece and couldn’t find it. I’ll see if I can solve that later.

Working on small parts.
Working on small parts
Rear view
Rear view

Lastly I’ve started to paint the seats and the front windows.

Seats painted olive drab
Seats painted olive drab

The seats cushions will be painted next.

I’ve also done a little puttying on the belly of the Lightning.

Seams puttied
Seams puttied

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.