This is Tamiya’s REPUBLIC P-47M THUNDERBOLT, I built it from June to July 2007.
I want to make an aircraft model when I painted the inside of the tank and I bought this kit. I chose this because it was a kit recommended to the beginner for easy to assemble. This is the first 1/48 aircraft I make, I made only one 1/72 about five years ago. Anyway, my target is just accomplishment, same as every time…
The cockpit is completed. It was difficult to paint internal side small parts. A precise-feeling improved quite when I pasted the decal to meter board. I painted the matte coat because it was quite glossy.
After I assembled the cockpit, I painted the back of the meter board in black. As for a recent kit, the high-quality seat belt decal is prepared. If I absorbed into aircraft models, I make the belt by myself handmade.
Assembly was completed roughly over long periods of time. I’ll into paint step after cleaning the seam of the joint. Painting procedure is the first, red ring on the front nose, and silver on the under surface. The last is navy blue on the upper surface.
After blowing red on the nose and the tail, I blew silver downward. I have attached masking tapes before blowing the navy blue to the upper surface. The cockpit was painted with masking liquid first, but after all, I had to attach the cockpit flame by sliced masking tapes. Because it is my first airplane assemble, arrangements are bad.
The basic painting was completed. The whole surface was matted and it’s difficult to attach decal well. I need to blow a satin coat before it. Red was somber. I should have painted pink before blow in red. That’s the way to vivid red color.
I finished pasting the decal. Adhesion was insufficient and silvering has occurred… I temporarily attached the canopy by the bond for woodwork. It’s temporarily attached, but I need the power to peel off the canopy. Is it a pitot tube that the left side curved pipe? The pitot tube was fragile and insert strengthens brass wire because I broke it many times while assembling it.
It’s a fat body and my impression of this aircraft is small at first. But opening the kit box, the body was quite big. It is 23cm in the total length, and the width about 25cm. The machine guns total right and left are eight guns and it equips strength arms.
P-47 is a fighter-bomber that represents American Army Air Squadron in World War II. The M type was a design that mainly aims at a high speed. There were other B types, D type, etc. The canopy and the propeller are different according to each type. The first airframe was introduced to Europe in January 1945. It was immediately before the end of the war.
I completed it after all, though the quality did not reach the average… Making of the aircraft model is difficult. I need to take care of the painting process and decal finishing more. It became the completion of the United States Independence Day. I want to make a jet plane next time.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.