Tamiya's 1/48 Scale
by Parker Ewing
Tamiya's 1/48 scale P-47D Thunderbolt is available online from Squadron.com
A college baseball coach once told me "Son, society's biggest problem
is T.O.B. It's contagious, so don't ever let it creep into your game."
What is T.O.B you ask? And what does it have to do with modeling? Well,
I'll tell you. It stands for Transfer Of the Blame.....and if you're
reading this, I'm TOB'ing everything squarely on your shoulders. Allow
me to explain. See, I started modeling four years ago. I began basically
where I left off as a 10 year old. Some liquid cement out of a tube,
scissors, spray cans, and a few crummy brushes. I was happy, and I
remember thinking this was a really cheap hobby.
All that changed that fateful day I typed "model aircraft" into a
search engine and found HyperScale. I was blown away by the quality of
the work, ideas, and possibilities. An airbrush was the first purchase,
then a dedicated work station.
I read your posts with disdain about vast collections and unfinished
work. "That's insane. I'll buy one kit at a time and finish it". And
aftermarket stuff covering minute details? .....these guys need to get a
life! Well, those weighted tires are cool, maybe I'll just use those.
And decals too."
Long story short, four years later I found myself buying kits based
solely on how much aftermarket stuff was available. Moskit, Ultracast,
Aires, Cutting Edge....I had to have it. I knew the dark side had
consumed me. Thanks to you guys I had a problem called AMS and if I
wanted to stay married, I needed to somehow stem the tide. Well, that's
where this kit comes in. Kits like this are my saving grace. I mean,
what more do you need? Great cockpit, dropped flaps, weapons...etc. And
the fit? Please. I decided to build it straight from the box and I gotta
say, I really enjoyed it.
What can I say? Straightforward. Clever design of the rear fuselage
made for a great fit.
Still have to add the gizmo that spans the rear canopy. Makes a new
guy like me look like a pro.
Marking and Weathering
I had no idea what scheme I was going to do, but after seeing Andrew
Dextras build on Tamiya's website, I decided to try his weathering
techniques. By the way...Dextras, Scott Samo, and Chris Wauchop are the
painting & weathering Champions of the World, so if I get accused of
copying them, I'll consider that a huge compliment. Anyway, I primed it
with MM chrome enamel and shot the colors freehand with my Sotar 20/20
using Gunze acrylics strained with some stolen panty hose.
These paints don't stick well to the enamel, which makes it really
easy to chip the paint. Developed a new technique on my own (or so I
think) that I really like for chipping. Ever seen those way overpriced
sanding sticks at Hobby Lobby? The ones that are long and skinny like a
pencil? Well, I take one of those and tap where I want to chip. The
individual sand grains produce the tiniest scale chips. To my eye, it
looks great...and it's super easy.
Gunze flat thinned and strained with the same stolen panty hose, and a
lot of pastels finished it off.
I am really happy with the way it came out and the fact it only took
two weeks to do. Simple, quick builds are good for the soul. Plus my
slowly growing stash of kits and unfinished builds that I blame you for
will stay minimal. Will I give away my Dremel? No. But the aftermarket
has lost it's death grip on me. I am free. Oh, and by the way, please
ignore this 47's Ultracast seat and KMC rear flaps. Hey, I gotta start
|Modelling the P-47
Osprey Modelling 11
Author: Brett Green
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
July 25, 2004
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841767956
Model, Images and Text Copyright ©
2004 by Parker Ewing
Page Created 16 April, 2004
Last Updated 03 October, 2004
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