[Kartonowy Arsenał] 6/2011 P-47D-11 Thunderbolt (Halinski)

  • I started the construction of Kartonowy Arsenał P-47D-11 6/2011 about seven years ago but soon I stopped working on it after I built a half of fuselage. Recently, I reopen the book and make a little progress. Here is my construction report.

    I prefer working on outer skins of fuselage first without putting skeletons or backbones. In that way, each skin parts could be assembled without any step height difference and at the end, the whole body would be smoother, not showing any steps or void.

    This P-47D-11 model has one big skeleton assembly as shown in the picture. The one body of skeleton is difficult to be inserted into the fuselage. The tail part of the skeleton was separated and built.

    The tail skeleton got inserted.

    One more fuselage skin is assembled.

  • And then I lost some of construction pictures that I took a few years ago.

    This is the current status.


    The skeleton for the cockpit was divided into three parts.

    One top part and two bottom parts.

    I started the cockpit.

  • Seo

    Changed the title of the thread from “[Kartonowy Arsenał] 6/2011 P-47D-11 Thunderbolt” to “[Kartonowy Arsenał] 6/2011 P-47D-11 Thunderbolt (Halinski)”.
  • The next step would be to insert cockpit parts into the fuselage but the bottom skeleton of the cockpit has to be connected with the main wings in the later assembly. In order to get the right balance (or symmetry) of the main wings, the bottom skeleton of the cockpit should be checked and glued to the fuselage. The balance (or symmetry or angle) of the main wings is very important. With a little off-balance, the fairing parts between the wing and fuselage would cause a lot of headache in the later assembly.

    To check the balance of the main wings during the cockpit insertion, I need the main assembly first.

    Here comes the frames of the main wings. The next work would be landing gear bays and outer skins of the main wings.

  • The works for the landing gear bays.

    The piston for the landing gear

    The landing gear upper part


    They all got assembled.

    The following work would be for the outer skins of main wings.

  • Today's work is for the main wing skin.

    The wing tips and the main wing skins got shaped.


    The landing gear bays were installed into the skeletons.

    The skeletons were smoothed.


    Before the skeleton was inserted, the top and bottom of the wing tips were glued.

    There is a 'light' part.

    The skeleton got inserted.

    Edited once, last by Seo ().

  • Hi YY DAD ,

    this is a very fine building report , it is good for me if I would build a Halinski plane in future !!

    Kind regards from Styria


  • Thasks for your nice comment, Kurt. I don't have much experience in building other brand models. Halinski WWII models always have met my expectation and capacity. I would stick to them for a while. I really like your Brewster Buffalo MK1. In fact, I am studying the build of Halinski Brewster B-239 as my next work. The cockpit, landing gear bays, and fairing parts for main wings are a bit confusing. Your construction reports help me a lot understand what is what.

  • The work for the skin of the right wing.

    The wing tip parts were glued.

    There is a small part inside.

    The wing tips got glued together.

    The wing skin work is done.

    During this weekend, finally the cockpit would be inserted to the fuselage.

  • Inserting the cockpit into the fuselage

    Originally, the cockpit is one body skeleton but I divided into three parts for easy insertion.

    Currently, the inside of the fuselage is empty.

    First, the upper part of the cockpit skeleton got located and glued.

    Now inserting the bottom parts.

    Before glued, the bottom part needs to be correctly located to give the right balance of the main wings.

    The wings temporarily got placed and the balance was checked.

    The cockpit insertion is done now.

  • The front skins of the fuselage follows.

    The two remaining skin parts were cut and glued.


    They got assembled.


    The assembled parts were put together with the main fuselage.

    After the assembly,


    The next work would be putting a skeleton for the fuselage and then engine parts.

  • The work for the engine compartment started.

    The center round structure where the 18 engines would be put together.


    The nose cone structure part was cut and shaped.

    It was glued to form a cone.

    The cone got assembled with the center round struecture.


    The next work would be the engine parts.

  • Finally, the last work for the engine.

    After a few more small parts get assembled,

    the temporary axle is put to check the balance and center.

    And then the cover for the nose cone of the engine is located.


    The last parts for the back engine cover.

    The work for the engine is done now.

    Done. Done. Done. I had spent ~ 15hr in doing it.


    This is what I'd done 14 years ago and the present work looks a bit better than the past.


    The next work would be to finish up the front section of the fuselage.

    Edited once, last by Seo ().

  • The work for the front section of the fuselage.

    Starting from the exhaust parts.

    The exhaust pipes got assembled first.

    Then the box parts.


    And then the front cover and other parts.


  • The work for the cowling

    28, 28a and 28b are supposed to form a cylinder, which temporally provides the shape of the cowling during assembly. But I used only 28b for the purpose.

    These are the five parts for the cowling.

    Starting from the biggest one,


    And then all the five parts got assembled.

    The curvature of the cowling is most important and looks OK


  • The work for the air intake continues.

    A internal skin part of the cowling is assembled.

    Three parts are supposed to be put together but only a part, that is near the end of the cowling, is used.

    When these internal skin parts are put together in Halinski models, sometime, it would be too tight to insert the engine later.

    The last part of the cowling is assembled.


    The air intake gets assembled.


    In order to check fit, the engine is temporarily put into the cowling.


  • The works for a vertical stabilizer and horizontal stabilizers.


    The vertical stabilizer


    The horizontal stabilizer




  • That looks for strong duty conditions :D:thumbup:!



    Thanks. HaJo. I should have put 4 pieces of right and left pairing all together before I placed them. I did only top parts. As results, the connection between top and bottom pairings did not work out as I intended.

  • The work for main wing installation and thier paring to the fuselage

    There are duplicate parts 52a and 52b


    The two front top and bottom pairing parts get assembled and shaped.

    The two more parts are added, forming two pairing ring.


    The right wing is located and glued. The pairing ring is put around the wing.


    After the pairing is glued,


    Repeated work for the left wing.


  • Hi YY DAD ,

    a wunderfull job !!!!!

    Kind regards Kurt

    Thank you so much, Kurt.

    I expect to finish the P-47D in a couple of weeks and am planning to move on to a Halinski Brewster. I liked your Brewster.

  • Hi YY Dad,

    Now I see you here.

    Great build and I'm sitting in the front row.

    Will follow the thread with great interest.

    All the best.

    Thanks, Joon. I love your precision train building too.

    Hope to see you soon.

  • The work for the elevators, putting emphasis on the sharp edges


    Before assembly, the skins get glued and sharped.


    After the elevators got assembled,

    The edge of the two elevators