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Mats Bengtsson (Mafbe)

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt


30 May 2015, 19:13
Carlos Medrano
Excellent... That's a beautiful kit.. Have fun?! 🙂
16 June 2015, 19:02
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks Carlos. Yes, the Academy kit is nice (I built the N version back in the late nineties) and the Eduard addition makes it great. I'm having a blast so far 🙂
16 June 2015, 19:12
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks Guido. I have a Tamiya Razorback and another Eduard Jug waiting in my stash but I'll probably squeeze in a Spitfire or two in between 🙂
16 June 2015, 19:31
Christian Borchmann-Backhaus
Nice work... I have the Jugs over Germany kit on the bench... Need to finish deacaling 🙂
Do not forget to drill the holes for the pylons under the wing 😉
19 June 2015, 21:32
Mats Bengtsson

And thank you Christian for reminding me about the holes for the pylons, I had totally forgotten about it.
20 June 2015, 08:30
top 👍 👍 👍
25 June 2015, 21:52
Vegard Øksenholt
Looking good 🙂
25 June 2015, 23:32
Choppa Nutta
love the cockpit and colour too
25 June 2015, 23:58
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks a lot fellas.

Kerry, I haven't seen it but I will most definitely do it. Thanks a lot for sharing this interesting video.
26 June 2015, 04:45
Kerry COX
You have done a great job on all you have touched here, well done Mats. 🙂 👍
3 July 2015, 22:34
Mats Bengtsson
Robbie, I agree 🙂
Kerry, thank you so much.
4 July 2015, 15:10
Christian Ristits
Splendid work!
4 July 2015, 17:59
Mats Bengtsson
Thank you guys.
4 July 2015, 21:11
Es-haq Khosravi
Great job!
5 July 2015, 20:25
Martien Lourens
This will be another beauty, Mats
5 July 2015, 21:27
Mats Bengtsson
Thank you all for your kind words.
6 July 2015, 08:16
Christian Bruer
Very nice details and a great cockpit.
15 July 2015, 19:35
Bernhard Schrock
Ist time for warm up the engine! I'm watching for final result Mats.
15 July 2015, 20:17
Leif Adams
Mats, a question: What do use as an adhesive applicator for affixing the little PE bits?
16 July 2015, 03:13
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks you fellas.

Leif, I normally use a thicker cyanoacrylate glue (it is like a gel) and I applicate the glue with a needle or a sharpened toothpick. Another advantage with the thicker glue is that it has quite long drying time (10-25 sec) so there is a bit of a time frame to correct the placement of the part (unless it accidently sticks to your finger; if so the drying time for the glue is 0,0001 sec…).
16 July 2015, 08:56
Leif Adams
Thank you, Mats!
21 July 2015, 03:47
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks a lot Guido 🙂
23 July 2015, 17:35
Christian Bruer
Razor sharp work!
23 July 2015, 18:44
Mats Bengtsson
Thank you Christian.
23 July 2015, 20:10
Kerry COX
The engine doesn't seem to be large enough to spin a prop that size, or am I imagining that ?
23 July 2015, 22:10
Kerry COX
The engine in your model looks smaller than it should, and have a look at these images and you will understand my statement.
23 July 2015, 23:47
Clifford Keesler
OH yea Baby! I love it.
24 July 2015, 01:28
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks fellas.

This Academy kit has been around since the mid-nineties and is far from perfect but once everything is in place it will look like a Thunderbolt 🙂
24 July 2015, 08:25
Clifford Keesler
It still looks great.
25 July 2015, 02:40
Kerry COX
Matts, My mentioning of the engine size was by no means a criticism of your build and I failed to mentioned the build and detailing. Sorry mate. 🙂
It is obvious, now I have come back for an other look, that you have put a lot of energy and research into it and the results are in and the work you have done is tribute to your skills. 🙂.

25 July 2015, 21:58
M.Julian Marles
What a beaut
25 July 2015, 22:04
Donald Medley
What was the bobble top model called, designation that is?
26 July 2015, 03:02
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks guys, much appreciated.

Kerry, no worries mate 🙂

The bubbletops were designated P-47D, M, and N. The P-47 Wikipedia page is a good starting point for anyone that wants to read more about 'The Jug'.
26 July 2015, 08:39
Donald Medley
Thanks Mats, I'll go there🙂
29 July 2015, 06:41
Burkhard D
Looks great! 👍
30 July 2015, 17:44
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks guys. Next step is a couple of coats of clear varnish and then it is time for my favourite part; decals 🙂
30 July 2015, 19:04
uncle chop chop
Awsome job mate i love these old girls not so much the razorbacks, the bubbeltops just look the part just like this model
4 August 2015, 10:50
Phil Marchese
The 360 degree canopy was introducted on the XP-47K however that and other improvement of the prototype were introduced into product as a block change to the D series at blk 25 Farmingdale.
4 August 2015, 10:59
Holger Kranich
Hi Mats,

wonderful result, so far!👍 Good that you recognized that the stick was wrongly installed on pic 1! LOL😉😄
4 August 2015, 11:38
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks fellas.

Holger, I didn't realise that the control stick was in the wrong direction in photo 1 until now. Good thing that I was more careful when I actually glued it in place 🙂
4 August 2015, 17:34
Clifford Keesler
Looks great Mats, I like it a lot.
4 August 2015, 23:16
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks Clifford.
5 August 2015, 08:59
Pierre-Christian Baudru
Very good job ! Cheers.
5 August 2015, 10:33
Donald Medley
Thanks Mat!!🙂
5 August 2015, 11:13
Soeren .
Great work!
5 August 2015, 12:50
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks guys
5 August 2015, 19:33
Mats Bengtsson
Thank you Bernd. As you say, the Academy Thunderbolt is a nice kit but the extra stuff that Eduard added in this boxing makes it great.
6 August 2015, 17:28
Clifford Keesler
Mats, I hope my T-Bolt turns out half as good.
7 August 2015, 22:57
Christian Borchmann-Backhaus
Nice one.... What color did u use?
8 August 2015, 19:37
Erik Leijdens
Impressive P-47 Mats. Photography is also very good. Nice sparkling pictures 👍
8 August 2015, 19:44
Gustavo Antonelli
Nice work, congratulations 👍
8 August 2015, 20:00
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks guys.

The colours I used are all Gunze acrylics; H53 Neutral grey on the underside, H52 Olive drab on the upper surface, and H13 Red on the cowling. Normally I would have painted the yellow stripes as well but I couldn't mix a good match to the number decal on the tail so I used the decal stripes.
8 August 2015, 20:42
Colin Phillips
Very cool
9 August 2015, 02:42
Mats Bengtsson
Thank you Colin.
9 August 2015, 09:07
Tim Hedworth
Lovely Bolt Mats
9 August 2015, 10:15
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks Tim
10 August 2015, 05:32
Martien Lourens
Very impressive Bolt 👍👍👍👍
10 August 2015, 07:32
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks Martien
11 August 2015, 18:12
Clifford Keesler
Awesome job Mats, Great looking T-bolt.
12 August 2015, 02:45
Mark Partis
She has come up a treat.
12 August 2015, 03:30
John Thomas
Very nice
12 August 2015, 11:55
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks mates 🙂
14 August 2015, 19:03
Roland Sachsenhofer
Awesome work with all those etched parts, the result looks great!
14 August 2015, 19:10
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks lads, much appreciated.
14 August 2015, 20:51
Wim van der Luijt
Your jug looks really good. Thanks for sharing this build
14 August 2015, 20:56
Donald Medley
Mats nice build! Don
15 August 2015, 04:06
Mats Bengtsson
Thank you all for your kind words.

James, I don't think you will regret this purchase. This kit has been a joy to build so far 🙂
15 August 2015, 19:01
Hanno Kleinecke
Excellent modulated olive drab paintjob Mats, looks superb already !
17 August 2015, 18:48
Nice work Mats. Love the cockpit
18 August 2015, 09:30
Mats Bengtsson
Thank you all for your kind comments, very much appreciated.
20 August 2015, 17:49
Es-haq Khosravi
Great job!!!
20 August 2015, 19:25
Mats Bengtsson
Thank you Es-haq
21 August 2015, 14:48
Pierre-Christian Baudru
Outstanding job, great P-47 ! Cheers.
24 August 2015, 08:48
Cristian Bordina
Another masterpiece Mats 🙂
24 August 2015, 09:39
Very nice Jug with a perfect faded OD paint
24 August 2015, 09:55
Hanno Kleinecke
What a beauty ! Excellent !
24 August 2015, 12:36
Erik Leijdens
Awasome Mats, well done 👍
24 August 2015, 12:59
Vegard Øksenholt
Stunning work, Mats 👍 👍 👍
24 August 2015, 13:47
Roland Sachsenhofer
Magnificent Mats! That´s a modeling jewel, well done!
24 August 2015, 13:50
Clifford Keesler
Well done Mats.
24 August 2015, 15:10
Mats Bengtsson
Thank you all. I'm really flattered by all the kind and positive feedback.

I've spent some 80-odd hours (which probably are an average for me to finish a kit nowadays) on this Thunderbolt and I have enjoyed every second. Now it is time to figure out what to build next 🙂
24 August 2015, 17:20
Clifford Keesler
Join the B-1B group build! LOL.
25 August 2015, 02:27
Donald Medley
Mats, looks like the thing could use air brakes. It looks really fast just sitting there🙂
25 August 2015, 03:28
Burkhard D
Superb! 👍👍👍
25 August 2015, 05:13
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks guys.

I'll definitely follow the B-1 and He-219 builds but the next one for me will be a Marinefliegergeschwader Starfighter 🙂
25 August 2015, 18:30
Bernhard Schrock
Congrats for this very realistic finish! Crystal clear bubble canopy: do you have use Future, or polish wax or similar, Mats?
P.S. Intend you still to flatten the tyres? The most Jugs was really heavy🙂
25 August 2015, 19:51
Choppa Nutta
the guy in the yellow T shirt has balancing skills on top of that rudder😉
25 August 2015, 20:04
Choppa Nutta

I'm very curious what the " 'ke " means when you spell my name thus - "Chopp'ke" ?

not that I am offended or anything but it is a curiously consistent mis-spelling you use,
is it a Belgium term of endearment I wonder, who knows..... well, you might 🙂
26 August 2015, 01:13
Clifford Keesler
I can think of a good one, but I will pass. LOL.
26 August 2015, 03:00
Choppa Nutta
ah come on Cliff, you've started that thought and now you must finish it ! 😄
especially now that I am curious as to what you might be thinking and fear not, I have a decent enough sense of humour about myself😉
26 August 2015, 03:04
Donald Medley
Yeah, and I heard that one from my ex-wife🙂 Just teasing guys
26 August 2015, 16:24
Mats Bengtsson
Thanks Bernhard. I normally polish the canopy with Alclad micromesh polishing cloth up to 12000 grade and then put it in a cup of Klear/Future so it is completely covered. Take it out and let it dry and hopefully you have a crystal clear canopy. This one did not require any polishing so it has only been treated with Klear/Future. This treatment also prevents the plastic from whitening if superglue is used on the canopy.

I probably won't flatten the tires unless I put it in a diorama or other scenery but then I think I'll replace the wheel completely; I want that bulge in the wheel as well. It is quite easy to achieve that effect with plastic wheels but a bit trickier with resin wheels. Anyway, for now I stick with the ones that are on 🙂
26 August 2015, 17:41
Mark Partis
Beautifully finished.
5 September 2015, 00:07
Mats Bengtsson
Thank you Mark.
5 September 2015, 08:17


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