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OFFICIAL: Thunder and Lightning Campaign
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 05:26 AM UTC
Welcome to Thunder and Lightning Campaign!

The campaign will run from October 1, 2015 through April 1, 2016.

If you haven't signed up yet, or want to see the rules, go here.

Please post your initial and in-progress photos as well as campaign discussion in this thread. Please post your finished build photos in the campaign gallery.

Looking forward to some fine builds here! Let's hear some noise and see some light!

Michael
GazzaS
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 01:58 PM UTC
Hi Fellow Campaigners!
My entry is the Otaki N1K1-J Shiden to the Japanese, and George to the Allies

I got it second hand. The wings and Fuselage halves had already been removed from the sprue, and I hope the rest of the pieces are there. Seems to be, anyway. I'm not really certain how old the kit is but I've been looking forward to the opening of this campaign so I could have a crack at it. It doesn't have a lot of parts, but the devil will be in the finish, I imagine.

Best of Wishes,

Gary
tinbanger
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Friday, October 02, 2015 - 02:44 AM UTC
This wil be my build for this campaign:-

GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, October 03, 2015 - 08:20 AM UTC
Hi Everyone,
Change one to my plan. This morning a disaster of my own making befell the Otaki kit. So, I made my way to my LHS and found the only Shiden available. It's also 1/48 scale, but made by Tamiya.

Sorry for the restart. I didn't want to bale out when we'd only just begun.

Best Wishes,

Gary
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Saturday, October 03, 2015 - 06:42 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Hi Everyone,
Change one to my plan. This morning a disaster of my own making befell the Otaki kit. So, I made my way to my LHS and found the only Shiden available. It's also 1/48 scale, but made by Tamiya.

Sorry for the restart. I didn't want to bale out when we'd only just begun.

Best Wishes,

Gary



Gary,

Rather a nicer kit, I think you'll be pleased!

Michael
c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 10:59 AM UTC
Damn Gary that's a shame! Still full marks for perseverance! As usual I look forward to seeing it get the "Gazza" treatment.
GazzaS
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Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 11:08 AM UTC
Hi Chris,
It's heart rending when you see a kit you got at a great price become useless in seconds. This plane's treatment is very experimental. I don't know if it will look good or not when finished.

Cheers,

Gary
c4willy
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Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 12:51 AM UTC
I guess it's all about finding what works Gary and if it doesn't refine it till it does. Or alternatively chalk it up to experience and move on to something else that might work for you. I haven't tried much in the way of chipping preferring the ease of a factory fresh delivery.
heavyjagdpanzer
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Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 07:05 AM UTC
Here is my entry, a Hasegawa P-47 “Razorback”. I want to build it as Colonel Neel Kearby’s aircraft Fiery Ginger IV. I have got my reference books and the decals. I bought the AeroMaster set but it is for one of Kearby’s early P-47’s blue 73. I have found that there is another decal set I may use. Mike Grant makes a set for Fiery Ginger IV.



GazzaS
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Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 10:20 AM UTC
Sweet! Love the Razorback!
GazzaS
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Posted: Friday, October 16, 2015 - 11:13 AM UTC
Hi All,
A few progress shots from the Kawanishi Factory:







Best Wishes,

Gary
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Friday, October 16, 2015 - 06:50 PM UTC
Wow Gary! Beautiful finish!

Michael
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 01:37 AM UTC
Thanks, Michael.
c4willy
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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 02:31 AM UTC
Damn it Gary that looks wayyyyyyy too good! I want to try it now .... LOL and I've steadfastly stayed away from foil ... till now.
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 03:15 AM UTC
Chris,
Don't do it! You'll be trapped with an unquenchable desire to build a B-29 Silver Plate which you have no room to display.

Honestly, thank you for your compliment. Beware, that you will find it more and more difficult to use silver or aluminum paints. However, it is less expensive than painting.

Best Wishes,

Gary
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 12:08 AM UTC
I may have a change of plans (me? ) I'm having a hard time getting motivated lately and thought a nice Hasegawa 1/32 Thunderbolt might be the ticket:

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What do you all think?

Michael
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 01:10 AM UTC
I think I like it. No fun building if you're not interested in the subject.
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 07:45 AM UTC

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I think I like it. No fun building if you're not interested in the subject.



Thought you might like it Gary.

Michael
heavyjagdpanzer
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 06:42 AM UTC
Well, change of plans. I am still going to build a model of Fiery Ginger IV but I am going to use a Tamiya P-47 instead of the Hasegawa. I also have the Quick boost early straight cowl flaps and Thunder Cal decals. This leaves me with a spare P-47 kit. If I manage to finish this kit before the deadline I could build the Hasegawa for the 56th fighter group build.

noddy927
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Sunday, November 01, 2015 - 05:38 PM UTC
This is my kit for this build

Pete




Lakota
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New Mexico, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, November 03, 2015 - 03:09 AM UTC
Howdy Y'all
Here's the kit I'll be building for the campaign. I started it a while back but didn't get very far.



I haven't decided which plane I will build but I'm leaning toward a British Thunderbolt II.
The HobbyBoss kit is fairly straight forward but I'd like to detail up the cockpit at least with some P.E. harness belts.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
smeosky
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - 07:20 PM UTC
Greetings all, ill be participating in my first ever group build with academys P38 J. Possibly will be in the livery of "Beautiful lady" but i may change my mind. I plan on a few more aftermarket bits in addition to what's in the photo. Maybe a set of gun barrels as well as an Eduard PE detail set for the landing gear. Will be my first NMF paint job too so it's going to be a learning experience. Looking forward to this and seeing everyone else's build!
Steve


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Posted: Saturday, November 07, 2015 - 05:03 AM UTC
Works had me tied up for a while but im finding some bench time this weekend so I decided to get a start on this campaign. Originally planning on building a special hobby 1/72 macchi c.200 saetta, Ive changed to a simpler italeri 1/72 c.202 folgore. It looks like a nice little kit with a great looking decal sheet and sufficient detail to keep me happy as long as the canopy is closed. The only aftermarket I forsee is some smoke ring decals
As usual I started in the pit, in this case removing some unfortunately placed pin marks. Thankfully the seat has some semblance of the italian harness that should look plenty good under the framed canopy. I plan to replace the lost cockpit wall detail with stretched sprue but now im off looking for italian cockpit green mixes
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 04:21 AM UTC
Some progress on the Hasegawa 1/32 J2M3 Raiden:

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This one is strictly out of the box except for the Eduard seat belts. Since these pics, I've remembered to add the seat cushion and gotten the fuselage closed up.

Michael
GazzaS
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Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 02:21 PM UTC
Hi Michael,
I'm not much of a cockpit guy. Bare basic unless I have a Pilot to strap in. Yours looks good!

Gary