SUPER 44, 1/144 scale
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||Eduard SUPER 44 Kit No. 4269 - P-47D Razorback(two kits in one box)
|Contents and Media:
||68 parts in grey coloured plastic;
four parts in clear; markings for four aircraft.
USD$14.95 available online from Eduard's website
GBP£8.60 EU Price (GBP£7.17 Export Price) plus shipping available online from Eduard.
||Great detail for this tiny scale;
two complete kits in the one box; accurate outline; high quality
plastic; narrow sprue attachments; excellent instructions and packaging;
four great decal options.
||Good eyesight or Optivisor required!
||Despite their diminutive size, these tiny Thunderbolts concede few compromises in either detail or surface features. Engineering is well thought out too, which should result in a fast precise build. Highly Recommended.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Platz released a jewel-like 1/144 scale P-47D "Bubbletop" Thunderbolt in the first half of 2008 and they added a Razorback to their line of excellent small-scale kits before the end of that year.
Eduard has now repackaged the Platz 1/144 scale P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback kit and added their own four new decal options plus self-adhesive masks.
Eduard's 1/144 scale P-47D Razorback package includes two complete Thunderbolt kits and four marking options. Each kit comprises 34 parts in grey plastic and two parts in clear.
The crispness and quality of the plastic is beautifully fine and crisp, featuring recessed panel lines and vents that look in-scale even under magnification. Trailing edges of wings and control surfaces are amazingly sharp too. They put many larger scale offering to shame.
There are no sink marks or other moulding imperfections obvious on my sample.
The detail is as impressive as the moulding. A separate seat is supplied, along with a clear instrument panel with an integrated gunsight that may be seen through the closed canopy. A decal overlay is supplied for the instrument dials and switches. Harness straps are included in decal for too. Please note that the decal numbers for the harness strap and instrument overlay decals are incorrectly called out in the instructions.
The instrument panel decal is no. 68 and the harness straps are 69, 70 and 71.
The canopy is a single part. It is remarkably thin and clear with crisply defined framing.
Main gear bays are boxed in and incorporate a decent representation of the corrugated interior. Each undercarriage leg is made up from three parts, including a separate wheel and upper gear cover.
The one-piece engine includes the cylinders, push rod, magneto and crank case. The complex three-section intake inside the engine cowl is also well represented by a separate part.
Ample ordnance is offered including bomb racks and bombs, "bazooka" rockets, and a centreline flat drop tank. Three styles of propeller are also included (Hamilton Standard plus symmetrical and asymmetrical Curtiss Electric).
Self-adhesive die-cut masks are supplied for the canopy and wheels. This is a real blessing considering the birdcage canopy framing and its small size.
Marking options are supplied for four colourful options.
The decals are glossy, thin, opaque and well printed. Colours look good.
I built the Platz Bubbletop release back in 2008. You can see the results by following this link.
Despite their diminutive size, these tiny Thunderbolts concede few compromises in either detail or surface features.
Engineering is well thought out too, which should result in a fast precise build.
Thanks to Eduard for the sample
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