Superscale 48-830: P-47 Thunderbolt

Units: 56 FG




Scott Van Aken

Thanks to the Jug-o-philes in the decal research area, we have yet another P-47D sheet. I'm sure that most of you by now know what an excellent kit the new Tamiya P-47D is so it will undoubtedly come in useful. In fact, Superscale has provided optional insignia bits for the aft turbocharger outlet doors as they are a bit different on the Hasegawa and Tamiya kits. A nice touch, I think.

What you have here are two 'razorback' Jugs. First is a P-47D-22 (which requires a Hamilton Standard prop), of the 63rd FS. It and its buddy are painted in Olive Drab over Neutral Grey, however there are patches of fresh OD paint on this faded warrior. The nose is Red and the lower cowling has been replaced and is bare metal. It carries D-day stripes on the lower fuselage and also sports under wing pylons.

The other aircraft is a P-47C-5 from the 62nd FS. it is in relatively fresh paint with the white tail bands and nose used by the P-47 early in its appearance in Europe. It also carries two rather large pieces of art work; one on the port cowl and the other on the starboard fuselage. It has the 12'2" Curtiss-Electric prop. You'll have to do some modification to existing kits in terms of the filling in a cowl flap or two on the lower section. Of course, typical of the P-47C, no wing pylons are carried.

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