Superscale 48-1115: P-47C/D Thunderbolts

Units: 405 FG and 448 BG




Scott Van Aken

Now for a couple of nice sharkmouth P-47s. For these the Tamiya kit is recommended, though you'll have to do some modification on one of these. Both are in US Olive Drab over Neutral Grey with white empennage ID Stripes.  As with any of these sheets, you could probably use another company's P-47, though the markings may not fit precisely. In the case of the P-47, this is mostly a situation with the fuselage insignia around the side exhaust ports.

First up is 'The Bug' a P-47D-20 flown by Arlie Blood of the 510 FS/405 FG in 1944. His has the usual ID stripes and white forward cowling. C.E. 13' symmetrical prop. The lower cowl flaps need to be painted red to match the decals.

The other is a hack. This P-47C was used by the 448th BG to direct bomber assembly. It has a 12'2" CE symmetrical prop with a polished metal hub. Since this is a C model, the lower cowl flaps need to be filled in and squared off. The C model also did not carry wing pylons so those will have to go as well.  The fin should be painted yellow prior to painting on the black fin band.

Insignia and full data for one aircraft along with a very well done data placement guide.

July 2006

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