BarracudaCals 32003: P-47 Thunderbolts part 3

Units: 4, 368, & 405 FG




Scott Van Aken

The third Thunderbolt sheet from BarracudaCals covers a variety of types and camouflage schemes. There are several sheets in this set and what has probably somewhat delayed its release is that the insignia on one sheet has the blue too light, necessitating an addendum sheet. Those 'too light' insignia are still useful, as the difference in daylight is not as huge as is shown in the scan, but it is there. Thanks to BarracudaCals for taking the time to make things right in this regard. For kits, Trumpeter will handle the razorback while Hasegawa has what you need for the bubbletop.

First aircraft is a P-47D-1 as flown by Duane Beeson with the 4th FG in early 1944. This has early cowl flaps and a Curtiss Electric narrow blade prop.

Next is Bill Wayland's 'Sleeepy Jean III' from the 368th FG. This aircraft was based in France during the spring of 1945. Yellow wing bands with black outlines. This one has non-standard fuselage insignia

The third option is from the 405th FG. This late razorback is 'Kansas Tornado II' as flown by Howard Curran in the fall of 1944. Also based in France and with invasion stripes on the underside of the wings and fuselage.

The sheet instructions are very nicely done in full color and provide an excellent data placement guide. The Microscale printed decals are crisply  done and the nose art markings are especially well printed.

My thanks to BarracudaCals for the review set. E-mail them at for more information and to order your set.

July 2009

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