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Aircraft of the United States in WWII.
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56th FG Operations/Black Widow
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Posted: Monday, October 24, 2016 - 12:01 AM UTC
Thanks Damian! It was also a pleasure for me. I planned to build 2 T'bolts this year so this campaign came to the right time.

Torsten
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Posted: Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 12:38 AM UTC
Beautiful build Torsten, great job getting both of your builds completed ! I really appreciate you joining in this Group Build and sharing so much detail of your work.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 01:27 AM UTC
Thanks for your comments, guys! Though the Bubbeltop has a cool camo I'm particularly satisfied with how the Razorback turned out (except for the nose art .... ) After all the Razorback is still "the real T'bolt", isn't it? Guess, tomorrow I'll have some time to take better photos on my kitchen table.

Torsten
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Posted: Friday, October 21, 2016 - 11:30 PM UTC
Torsten,
Outstanding. The finished Razorback Jug certainly is up to your high Museum standards. Well done my friend.
Joel
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Posted: Friday, October 21, 2016 - 01:11 AM UTC
Congratulations, Torsten! Looks great!
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Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 03:48 PM UTC
Thanks for your feedback, folks! A turbulent week lies behind me and today I have half a day off to take some overtime hours. I still owe you the final photos of "Ole Cock". Here they are. The build was finished last Sunday evening. So this campaign - and my final campaign 2016 - is finished for me now. I take some better photos soon for my Assembly Line Thread and the campaign gallery.






Torsten
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Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 09:19 AM UTC
Torsten,
Ausgezeichnet! Great P-47 builds. Love the parallel build, great way to work through the stash. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing!

G
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 11:11 PM UTC
Torsten,
Looking good, nice and clean.

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 06:58 PM UTC
Torsten,
Looking forward to your final build pics.
Joel
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Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 03:21 PM UTC
I was just taking photos of the finished P-47 M for my Assembly Line Thread and thought I should show you "Ole Cock" just before it gets its final flat clear coating. Will be finished later today. I hope ....




There are only 2 things left to add which are the postion lights and the rear view mirror.

Torsten
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Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 12:17 AM UTC
Thanks for your kind feedback, Chris!
"Ole Cock" is very close to the end of the assembly line. All decals are on and external tank, guns and pitot tube are glued to the kit. Next and final step is airbrushing matt clear varnish. Photos follow ....

Torsten
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Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 04:08 AM UTC
Torsten well done on turning heads at the model expo and outstanding work on the two P-47's.

I have a Tamiya jug to build for this campaign I suppose I better get off my chuff and do something about it.
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Posted: Monday, October 10, 2016 - 12:01 AM UTC
Thanks for the encouraging words, guys! When I returned from the expo in Merchweiler yesterday evening, I had a look at my "problem child" (sorry AC/DC!) and meanwhile I think it didn't came out that bad for what problems the decal gave me. It's too late to change something now anyway. I'll carry on decaling tomorrow. Still have to unpack the boxes with the models and put them back on the shelf to catch some dust again.

Gary, the decal is not big, has maybe the size of a thumb nail. The swordfishes on my swedish Saab Draken last year are far bigger. I put them on in one piece and they didn't give me any hassle ....

"Miss June" had her first expo and was highly noticed by visitors and fellow modellers because of it's unusal camouflage. I'm really satisfied how the model came out. A P-47 M is a rare sight on model shows anyway. You mainly see a D, sometimes a N. So mine was quite an eye catcher ....

Torsten
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Posted: Saturday, October 08, 2016 - 05:31 PM UTC
Hi Torsten. You have made some wonderful progress since my last visit! The Bubbletop looks really good, the colours you chose worked out just fine. With regard to the stencils, we need to remember that these aircraft were repainted in the field and without really good resource photos it is hard to confirm which, if any, of the stencils were re-applied after the camouflage. As with the colours themselves, as long as you are happy with the stencils, that is what matters.

I am also in total agreement with Gazza and Joel. With larger decals I tend to use a new blade and cut them along strategic lines to make the application less stressful. I hate getting to that stage of a build and striking such a frustrating thing as a curling decal that can't be straightened.

"Ole Cock" is coming along very well now also, looking forward to more progress.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, October 08, 2016 - 04:46 AM UTC
Torsten,
Your repair effort looks pretty good to me. I'm with Gary these days on cutting up large decals along lines so that they're easy to handle.
Joel
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Posted: Saturday, October 08, 2016 - 01:54 AM UTC
Torsten,
Big decals are more difficult for certain. I've come to the thought that on future big decals, I might cut them into smaller pieces and put them in separately. I panic when they fold over.

Good luck,

Gaz

Maybe somebody else has a better idea?
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Posted: Friday, October 07, 2016 - 11:07 PM UTC
Why?

I've be sitting over this beautiful, sh ty decal for over an hour to rescue, repair and breath life in it again. First thing that annoys me is, why is this decal not opaque? Should be easy to do that, using a white decal film instead of a clear one. But what really gave me panic attacks was that parts of this decal flipped over when I tried to bring it on the cowling. Most of the black lines flipped over, the feet, the word "Ole" and the last quotation mark .... As you can see, the clear decal film is not one part as it should be. That would make everything easier .... There are a few "holes" in the film. So I had to take it off again on my fingertip and tried to repair what happened wrong. Kind of emergency rescue. It took me now an hour to save the decal using buckets of water and this is the best I can do. 3 of the black lines were unrepairable so I had to cut them off. I think I will not paint the lines, because a) I don't have a brush that small and b) I sure won't be able to paint that thin without quiver. Futhermore the decal is not completly in the right place, should be a bit further up but I will leave it that way now. Or am I just too stupid to work with decals like these?

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Posted: Friday, October 07, 2016 - 04:35 PM UTC
I have two 6-stories-high shelfs (200 cm x 40 cm) with about 200 models resting on them (plus another +/- 300 still waiting in their boxes to be build .... ) and take part in about 10 model expos each year in Germany, Switzerland and France. So I have my models quite often in my hands, always using cotton gloves. No chance for display cases. I don't fight the dust, it would be a loosing battle right from the beginning. That's what I call "natural weathering" On shows I clean them with a soft make up brush. It's no big deal.

Torsten
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Posted: Friday, October 07, 2016 - 02:29 AM UTC
Torsten,
I checked out your link, and it's Jug heaven for sure. Every single model is extremely well done.

As for what a model looks like after seating on a display shelf for 6 months, it was always a loosing battle for me. The dust won every time. I eventually gave up and started to store all my built models in plastic storage containers. Now I'm using see through plastic storage bins turned upside down on 2 shelving units to keep my models free of dust and finger prints. One day I'll finally get around to building 2 glass display cases.

Joel
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Posted: Friday, October 07, 2016 - 02:08 AM UTC
Torsten,
Thanks for the link! Those were some great looking Jugs.

Gaz
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Posted: Friday, October 07, 2016 - 01:39 AM UTC
Thanks Gaz and Joel! You know my style, I like them factory fresh with a dozen killmarks on the rudder. Just wait and have a look at them after 6 months on the shelf ....

The Razorback is making good progress. Most decals are on, I guess all work will be done by the end of next week.

Btw, I've added something on P-47 Heaven, you might be interested to have a look at ....

Have a nice weekend!
Torsten
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2016 - 11:33 PM UTC
Torsten,
another Outstanding build for your miniature museum.
Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2016 - 10:59 PM UTC
Torsten,
Very clean and very nice!

Gaz
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2016 - 10:33 PM UTC
Thanks Gaz and Joel!
It's already my Thunderbolts 4 and 5 I'm working on but I can't remember adding so many stencils to the Academy P-47 D and N ....

Well guys, I call this bird ready for take off and it sits already on my "shelf of pride" before flying to the Merchweiler Expo this coming weekend. Final coating was made with Matt Varnish from Marabu.

P-47 M, 63rd FS, 56th FG, Pilot: Lt. Eugene Andermatt





More and better photos of course soon in my Assembly Line Thread. Will start decaling the Razorback today.

Torsten
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2016 - 10:12 PM UTC
Torsten,
The bubble top really is coming together quite nicely.
Joel