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  • Here's my latest redo project, an FMS 1500mm P-47D razorback. Of course, it comes in the livery of a famous and successful AAF pilot who flew in the Pacific Theatre. Nothing wrong with that, but I wanted to change it up. This scheme I chose was a replica of a plane, Hairless Joe, flown by Maj. Dave Schilling of the 56th Fighter Group in 1943. This early model had no wing pylons, bombs, rockets, or wing drop tanks. They did carry a single drop tank underneath the fuse, though. Their missions were defending the bombers or searching out enemy fighters to shoot down, or even shoot up targets of opportunity on the ground.

    I first stripped all the stickers off the plane. They leave a mark, maybe it is the glue interacting with the foam, but I used a automotive putty to smooth that over, then priming and painting with Tamiya rattlecan spray paints. I tried to do some weathering, being careful not to go overboard doing it. So, some chalks, mixed paints with the airbrush, etc., gave it the effect I was looking for. Also did a lot of detailing the cockpit, although most of that will be lost on the observer, with the birdcage canopy over it.
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    • Looks good Dave, a lot of work has gone into this plane, just finding it was a major accomplishment!
      Back in April, I repainted Ron's Pandora but didn't post the results, so here they are. Used some decals from the Tigercat kit to dress it up a bit.
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      Grossman56
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      • Originally posted by Grossman56 View Post
        Looks good Dave, a lot of work has gone into this plane, just finding it was a major accomplishment!
        Back in April, I repainted Ron's Pandora but didn't post the results, so here they are. Used some decals from the Tigercat kit to dress it up a bit.
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        Grossman56
        Yeah, it was a bit of an odyssey trying to get that model in my hands. But then, wouldn't you know it, they are now available on Amazon!!! But I'm glad I did get one to finish up in these colors.

        The repaint of the Pandora looks great! I like the military paint scheme with the WWII stars and bars!👍👍😁

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        • davegee VERY nice work, the cockpit and pilot look great as well. I especially like the rivets around the canopy.
          Hugh "Wildman" Wiedman
          Hangar: FL/FW: Mig 29 "Cobra", A-10 Arctic, F18 Canadian & Tiger Meet, F16 Wild Weasel, F4 Phantom & Blue Angel, 1600 Corsair & Spitfire, Olive B-24, Stinger 90, Red Avanti. Extreme Flight-FW-190 Red Tulip, Slick 60, 60" Extra 300 V2, 62" MXS Heavy Metal, MXS Green, & Demonstrator. FMS-1700mm P-51, Red Bull Corsair. E-Flite-70mm twin SU-30, Beast Bi-Plane 60", P2 Bi-Plane, P-51.

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          • Originally posted by Hugh Wiedman View Post
            davegee VERY nice work, the cockpit and pilot look great as well. I especially like the rivets around the canopy.
            Thanks, Hugh. It's been a long road. First, the Covid and subsequent shipping issues trying to order one, then getting ripped off by someone who seemed on the level and honest but wasn't, and then finally finding one in Austria, of all places. The plane itself is a good flyer, and its outline is pretty good, much better than even some current and more expensive balsa planes are. The other one that I have is also a great flyer, and I thought I'd take one more stab at doing this one.

            Detailing went pretty well, about as much as I care to do for a foamie to make it special, and things like working cowl flaps and other details I've done on larger contest planes, so I didn't want to go though that brain damage again. Yesterday's flights it was back in the groove again, and I plan on flying it regularly.

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