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Ratch's workbench 2017
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Another one for my Northamptonshire Project
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I thought I ought to put some stuff in the cockpit
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The jockey will be riding, so I've no idea how much will be seen

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To me, (and I guess it is just due to how Airfix have identified them over time, that has become ingrained in me) those figures are "Waterloo" Infantry / Artillery ...

You joined a wargaming site now then to be doing something this major with all these, or is it some other interest?

These were infact two of the sets that I hated the most to have to paint when I did them all.


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No Chris, I read the Airfix Magazine Guide about Napoleonic Wargaming, then a book about Waterloo, and decided it was time to do something with all the figures I have :ha:
I still have a few more sets to paint ;-)

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A bit more done today. Pilot painted
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No, you can't see much with him in there
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Tail planes on
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Canopy on and masked, cowling ready
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Undersurfaces airbrushed Vallejo Model Air 71047 US Grey
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Topsides Tamiya XF-62: Olive Drab
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Nice one! I really like those multi-color Matchbox kits. So fun to build.


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I'm also a Matchbox fan and it's good to see the P-47 on the go, Ratch. Usually it's worth adding a bit of detail in the cockpit of these old classics as more often than not there's nowt in there save for a seat on a couple of fuselage pegs - alas, the pilot figure has covered most of your work!

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Thanks for your interest guys. The main paintwork was airbrushed; the undersides with Vallejo Model Air 71047 and the upper surfaces with Tamiya XF-62. I had not sprayed Tamiya paints for a long time, with a little Xtracrylics Thinners mixed in, it went on perfectly. The white nose ring was hand painted Humbrol Acrylic 34 Matt White.
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I brushed SC Johnson Wax Klear over the model to provide a gloss coat for the decals. To replicate the markings of an aircraft for which I have photographic evidence, I sorted suitable stars with yellow surrounds for the fuselage sides, one plain blue star roundel on port upper and two on undersides, to make LM*X s/n 16224. The serials were compiled from Techmod sheet 72118 and the squadron codes were from an Airfix Spitfire sheet (MX*D) with the D trimmed to become an L. I used DecalFix and Microsol in their application.
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Unfortunately, I had forgotten the effect that DecalFix has upon Tamiya paints; runs of diluted paint seeped over the underside of the fuselage.
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To fix this I used Post-it notelets to mask and lightly sprayed over the affected areas of the underside of the fuselage.
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Your Jug is coming along swimmingly Ratch!

Your fix of the running paint adds to the realism in my view. Few war machines were ever as pristine as some like to finish them and an imperfection in the paint here and there is closer to the way they actually were.

Excellent work and looking forward to the next update,

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Matchbox kits were a favourite of mine and the P-47 is one of my fave aircaft,well tidy all round.


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Thanks gents. I put the finishing touches to her this morning. Thanks to everyone who has commented and followed the build. There are a few more pictures in the Gallery.

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The T'bolt turned out well, Ratch - great save of the paintwork as well!

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Thanks Shaun :razz:

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Straight on to the next one
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The two on the left are the figures you get with the kit, but I want men in the cockpit

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The officer is rather small, but hey ho, not everyone is the same size

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And it's not so noticeable with the lid on

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:ha: that cabin them two are in could be mistook for a 2-man ski lift gondola..


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Ooh you are awful :lol:
This is what I've done today
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I also found this
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