Tamiya's 1/48 scale
by David Askett
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback
Tamiya's 1/48 scale P-47D Thunderbolt is available online from Squadron
Tamiya's P-47 kits in 1/48 scale are probably the most enjoyable model kits to put together that I've run into. And, with so many interesting Thunderbolt subjects to choose from, it seems I'm always finding an excuse to do another one!
My latest is "Dallas Blonde", a P-47D-16-RE of the 319th FS, 325th FG, as it appeared when it was based at Lesina, Italy, early in 1944. The pilot was Lt. Don Kearns.
With the exception of the P-38 style drop tanks found in my spare parts bin, the model was built straight-from-the-box.
It was finished with custom-mixed Testors Acryl paints, and the decals came from BarracudaCals sheet 48-001 "P-47 Thunderbolts - Part 1".
This was the first time I'd used decals from this new company and they left me very impressed. The quality of the artwork and printing - particulary the nose art - is simply fabulous, and I was amazed at how well the decals conformed to the model. For example, I was skeptical about using the large decals provided by BarracudaCals for the checkers on the tail surfaces but, with a little help from MicroSol and MicroSet, these ended up looking like they were painted on the model.
Model Images and Text Copyright © 2008 by David Askett
Page Created 14 October, 2008
14 October, 2008
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