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XP-72 Super Thunderbolt

by Alex Bernardo


XP-72 Super Thunderbolt


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Here is my XP-72 Super Thunderbolt in 1/144 scale. It has been converted from the Revell 1/144 P-47D Thunderbolt 



Conversion Summary


·        Scratch built cockpit includes main instrument panel, side consoles, rudder pedals, decking with rudder slider panels, front and rear bulkheads, seat, headrest, control stick.

Diagram highlighting major modifications

·        Heat n Smash canopy.

·        Boxed in main landing gear bays using styrene sheets.

·        Added scissors to main landing gear.

·        Used a 1/144 “Jack”/”Raiden” engine cowling as the basis for extended 4 row, 28 cylinder engine cowling.  

·        The turbo super charger nose intake was relocated to underneath of the aircraft, hence creating a new belly configuration.

·        Added new exhaust gills.

·        All raised panel lines were replaced with recessed panel lines.

·        Contra prop was constructed using a spare 1/144 scale prop hub.  Scribed a split line for reverse direction props.  Constructed props from styrene strips.  



·        Reconfigured armament from eight guns to six guns. Used cut wire for gun barrels.





·        Tamiya Acrylics: Smoke, Clear Gloss

·        PolyScale: Grimy Black, Clear flat, Olive drab  



·        Testors Enamel: Silver, Gray, Zinc Chromate Yellow, Steel

·        Poly S: Bright sliver





·        Superscale decal sheet: Stars & Bars: 72-002  



·        Serial numbers were printed from laser printer on to clear decal film.


Model, Text and Images Copyright © 2000 by Alex Bernardo
Page Created 14 April, 2001
Last Updated 04 June, 2007

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