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Strafing Run
An approximately 1:75 scale model of a German road column being strafed by a P-47D Thunderbolt.
About this creation
I decided to add on to my earlier road column diorama by including a P-47D. The Thunderbolt pilot has used the river to line up a shot on one of the Wespes. A .50 cal round has penetrated the side armor of the Wespe and cooked off some of its ammo, blowing the turret off of the chassis.

Better versions of these pictures can be found on my Flickr page.



Since the P-47D is new, I thought I'd include a few close-ups of it as well.

The P-47D is an aircraft that really shouldn't need any introduction. It was one of the most successful fighter aircraft of WWII. With its massive Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine (2535 HP), 8 .50 cal machineguns, and an armored cockpit, it absolutely excelled in the ground attack role. So much so, in fact, that its name was re-used for the A-10 Thunderbolt II.

The version I have built is a "bubble top" P-47D. On these aircraft, the dorsal spine behind the cockpit was removed and a bubble-shaped canopy was installed over the cockpit, giving the pilot a much better view to his rear.







Finally, a composite image of a pair of Thunderbolts flying over the town of Wiltz in the Ardennes:






Comments

 I made it 
  July 27, 2014
Quoting Mariner 1000 Excellent add on, Matt!
Thanks! I realized that I probably should have included the P-47 in the first place, but the build had already grown pretty large. I'm happy that I could find a way to fit it in without expanding the build too much.
 I like it 
  July 27, 2014
Excellent add on, Matt!
 I made it 
  July 25, 2014
Quoting Centurion Cone THIS IS SO EPIC! OH MY GOD!
Thanks! I'm glad you like it.
 I like it 
  July 25, 2014
THIS IS SO EPIC! OH MY GOD!
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  July 24, 2014
Quoting sm 01 Very cool scene! Well done Matt! I just love it!
Thanks!
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  July 24, 2014
Quoting Sven Jagdmann You're very welcome mate. After you said you should have extended the water effects i had another idea. What about some debris of the Wespe in the water and some damage on the bridge? But it's only a idea by me ;)
Those are all good ideas, and I did think about doing some of them earlier -- perhaps I'll include them if/when I ever update this MOC.
 I like it 
  July 24, 2014
Very cool scene! Well done Matt! I just love it!
  July 22, 2014
You're very welcome mate. After you said you should have extended the water effects i had another idea. What about some debris of the Wespe in the water and some damage on the bridge? But it's only a idea by me ;)
 I made it 
  July 22, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Well, that was the only thing missing from this gorgeous scene!
Thanks! I did have some ideas about more details to add, but they would have increased the size of the diorama significantly -- things like a steep slope on one side of the river (behind the trees).
 I made it 
  July 22, 2014
Quoting Rennesis @war Matt, you are a true artist seeing this awesome diorama. Are you using POV-ray to create these renders?
Thank you. Yes, the models were built with LDD and then rendered with LDD2POVRay (which is a front end to POVray that makes it a little easier to use with LDD files).
 I made it 
  July 22, 2014
Quoting Stephan N free of knots
I have to admit that I'm still trying to figure out what "free of knots" means, but thanks for your comment.
 I like it 
  July 21, 2014
Well, that was the only thing missing from this gorgeous scene!
 I like it 
  July 21, 2014
Matt, you are a true artist seeing this awesome diorama. Are you using POV-ray to create these renders?
 I like it 
  July 21, 2014
free of knots
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting Tom Simon Yes, I enjoyed Band of Brothers twice over. And the Wirbelwind is included in a WWII game I play. Takes out half tracks as well as serving as AAA.
"Band of Brothers" is one of my all-time favorite TV mini-series. In my opinion, it was much better than "Saving Private Ryan", which clearly served as its inspiration. And you're right about the Wirbelwind -- the Germans realized that it was very effective against soft ground targets in addition to aircraft.
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Perfect-er!
Thanks! The P-47D was something I wanted to include the first time around, but I didn't think the diorama was large enough to accommodate it (and building it out some more would have been a pretty big project). I'm glad that I managed to fit it in without too much re-building.
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting James C Fantastic details. Love this winter scene especially how you did the trees. This is not to take away the great scaling of the planes and ground vehicles.
Thanks! After I thought about it for a while, I realized that there actually weren't have too many options available to create a snow-covered pine tree. The solution I used seemed to be the easiest one to get the desired effect. I think they are pretty much a necessary detail for any scene based on the Ardennes forest.
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting Kayla . Wow! The detail is great!
Thanks!
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  July 21, 2014
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Great diorama! The P-47 looks amazing at this scale! Truly, excellent work!
Thanks! I was lucky that I could come up with a solution for the P-47D's fuselage at this scale that was nice and smooth -- that definitely contributes a lot to the overall look.
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster I can't believe how accurate your P-47D looks. Fantastic job. Amazing scene.
Thanks! I like the looks of these P-47Ds, too. I may use them as the seed for another MOC in the future.
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Wow! The thunderbolts are just brilliant! When I first saw them I thought they were twice as big as they actually are, amazing job!
Thanks, Clayton! Once I worked out to do the cross-section of the front section of the fuselage, everything else fell into place nicely. Unfortunately, I don't think I could get away with the same technique for many of the other WWII fighters -- the P-47D was so big that it gave me some more room to work with.
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting T.J. Brammer This is cool! Also have you ever made a Brewster FA2 Buffalo aircraft?
Thanks! I've never done a Buffalo, but given how well the Thunderbolt turned out, I might try some more WWII fighters at this scale. Though I'd probably start with one of my all-time favorites -- the Chance-Vought F4U Corsair.
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting Sven Jagdmann The plane and the shots in the water are a great addition to your fantastic dio :) Excellent!!
Thanks! I realized after I published the new pictures that I probably should have extended the water effect a little bit past the bridge, but I am pretty happy with how it looks, at least from a distance.
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Wicked stuff Matt. I love the use of the hinges for the wing mounted guns, and the effects are very cool too. A lovely little scene. Actually lovely probably isn't the right word - fantastic little scene!
Thanks! I had realized a while back that the finger hinges were a great solution for fighter aircraft machineguns at this scale, and I finally got around to using one. It's a little inaccurate, though, since the P-47D had 4 MGs on each wing.
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting --R.K. Blast-- Brilliant job! Great work on the scaling! --Blast--
Thanks! One thing I noticed when I completed the P-47D and added to the scene is that it looked huge compared to the vehicles, and I thought I had messed up the scaling. Then I saw some pictures of a Thunderbolt parked on the ground next to some trucks and realized that it really was pretty big.
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting Sasch Weidler It looks fantastic! I love all the Details, a great work and a really nice diorama.
Thanks! Regardless of the scale I'm building in (and this scale is one of my favorites), I try to throw in as much detail as I reasonably can, unless until I get too lazy to continue :-).
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting Henrik Jensen Amazingly accurate shaped P-47, it really adds some drama to your little diorama. I've said it before, you are a master of microbuilds.
Thanks! I have to admit, though, that the shape of the P-47D is one of the easiest to replicate among WWII fighters. They called it the "Jug" because that's what it looked like -- a big flying milk jug.
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting Elk Guard Great work!
Thanks!
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting Lego Jim .... Dude. This looks awesome. You are very gifted with the brick. The vehicles are really cool. I really like the landscape too. Excellent work.
Thanks! The vehicles were definitely a lot of fun to build, especially the most recent addition -- the P-47D.
 I made it 
  July 21, 2014
Quoting Gabor Pauler Fine. Isn't there a small 3-blade propeller used as tail rotor of Lego City helicopters, which could match the size?
Yes, I am aware of that part but didn't use it for several reasons: (1) The P-47D had a 4-blade prop, (2) the diameter of the part in question wasn't quite large enough to match the P-47D's prop diameter at this scale, and (3) the disk is actually a better representation of the propeller in action. If I were to build a stationary version, I could probably use one of the 4-directional hubs to create a propeller of approximately the right size.
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
Yes, I enjoyed Band of Brothers twice over. And the Wirbelwind is included in a WWII game I play. Takes out half tracks as well as serving as AAA.
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
Perfect-er!
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
Fantastic details. Love this winter scene especially how you did the trees. This is not to take away the great scaling of the planes and ground vehicles.
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
Wow! The detail is great!
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
Great diorama! The P-47 looks amazing at this scale! Truly, excellent work!
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
I can't believe how accurate your P-47D looks. Fantastic job. Amazing scene.
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
Wow! The thunderbolts are just brilliant! When I first saw them I thought they were twice as big as they actually are, amazing job!
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
This is cool! Also have you ever made a Brewster FA2 Buffalo aircraft?
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
The plane and the shots in the water are a great addition to your fantastic dio :) Excellent!!
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
Wicked stuff Matt. I love the use of the hinges for the wing mounted guns, and the effects are very cool too. A lovely little scene. Actually lovely probably isn't the right word - fantastic little scene!
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
Brilliant job! Great work on the scaling! --Blast--
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
It looks fantastic! I love all the Details, a great work and a really nice diorama.
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
Amazingly accurate shaped P-47, it really adds some drama to your little diorama. I've said it before, you are a master of microbuilds.
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
Great work!
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
Dude. This looks awesome. You are very gifted with the brick. The vehicles are really cool. I really like the landscape too. Excellent work.
 I like it 
  July 20, 2014
Fine. Isn't there a small 3-blade propeller used as tail rotor of Lego City helicopters, which could match the size?
 
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