by Bob Aikens
1/48 scale P-47D Bubbletop is available online from Squadron
Here is Tamiya's
gorgeous 1/48 scale P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubbletop".
The only after market
addition to this gem were Eduard seat belts. All of the decaling save
for the invasion
stripes came from AeroMaster 48-578-Thunderbolts of the "404", Pt. 3. I
used the decal stripes from the kit and they fitted quite well.
The basic painting was
done with Alclad Duraluminum and Dark Aluminum. Tamiya Khaki Drab was
used for anti-glare and topsides over-paints.
The model represents
P-47D-25-RE flown by Maj. Hal G. Shook, 506FS, 404FG.
Small black and white
photos of the three sheet selections show Shook's aircraft without wheel
covers. My model depicts the craft only moments before they were
I gleaned a bit of
something from almost every P-47 article in HyperScale, but special
thanks to Roger Fabrocini and Tony Bell- their features were instructive
and inspirational - a nice illustration of the form and function of
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