LPS Hobby 72-06: British Thunderbolts
Units: See review




Scott Van Aken


For their third Thunderbolt sheet, LPS Hobby in Brazil moves over to do some British subjects. As with the other sets, there are three aircraft covered. Apparently the British didn't go into stencils or overpainted them as there are not many with this set. As with the other sheets this set is designed for the Tamiya 1/72 P-47D, though I am betting you could use some of these with other kits. The decals themselves are superbly printed by Microscale so no worries on decal solutions.

The initial option is the lone razorback on the sheet. Apparently Egypt was a training site or something as all three options are with 73 OTU based at Fayid in late 1944. This is in the standard RAF temperate fighter scheme but without the yellow wing leading edges.

Next is a bubbletop version in the same scheme as the first option. The instruction sheet lists the colors as ANA 613 OD, ANA 602 Sea Grey, and ANA 603 Light Grey, but I'd go with the RAF shades.

The third option is an all black aircraft with red flash and nose. This rather flashy aircraft was for the commanding officer of 73 OTU, Captain Frank Carey. Unlike the previous options, this one has the Curtiss Electric prop instead of a Hamilton Standard.

There are enough common markings and stencils to completely do one of the three options. Of course, you can use kit or aftermarket roundels to do the others should you so wish. The small sheet is for prop stencils.

A nice addition to the LPS line.

October 2011

Thanks to LPS Hobby for the review sheet. You can find these at Hannants or contact them at lpsi1973@yahoo.com.br .

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