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Manic Dragon
Andrea Morris (Manic Dragon)

P-47 Thunderbolt

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was a World War II era fighter aircraft produced by the United States between 1941 and 1945. Its primary armament was eight .50-calibre machine guns and in the fighter-bomber ground-attack role it could carry five-inch rockets or a bomb load of 2,500 pounds (1,103 kg). When fully loaded the P-47 weighed up to eight tons making it one of the heaviest fighters of the war. The P-47 was designed around the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine which was also used by two U.S. Navy fighters, the Grumman F6F Hellcat and the Vought F4U Corsair. The Thunderbolt was effective as a short-to-medium range escort fighter in high-altitude air-to-air combat and ground attack in both the World War II European and Pacific theatres.

The P-47 was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of World War II, and served with Allied air forces including France, Britain, and Russia. Mexican and Brazilian squadrons fighting alongside the U.S. were equipped with the P-47.



In progress
1:32 P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubbletop" (Trumpeter 02263)1:32 P-47D Thunderbolt - Seatbelts (HGW Models 132532)1:32 P-47 Thunderbolt - Pitot tube (Profimodeller 32146)3+
Republic P-47D-30-RE Thunderbolt
US Military US Army Air Forces (1941-1947)
354 FG. 420514 Wee Speck (Capt. Lowell Brueland)
November 1944 World War 2 - RAF Boxted GB


18. April 2020, 15:01
Andrea Morris
Racing along with this. Just a major fit issue, with the fuselage fillet, to deal with. I'm having to glue it in stages. My own fault nothing wrong with the kit. (See TIP alongside photo)
24. April 2020, 12:57
Andrea Morris
Spot priming and sanding complete, ready masking and priming.
1. May 2020, 12:50
Andrea Morris
Now in primer using Tamiya GX-1 followed by a wet coat of Mr.Color levelling thinner for that mirror finish.
7. May 2020, 14:04
Andrea Morris
Added some tonal variation on some panels & surfaces.
13. May 2020, 10:41
Andrea Morris
All-over coat of Humbrol #11 "High-speed" silver is applied and all masking removed save for the matt black areas.
17. May 2020, 12:22
Andrea Morris
Now the markings have been painted using Montex masks. I'm still getting used to using these plus uneven surfaces, so some careful touch-up is needed.
25. May 2020, 11:57

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