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Tamiya's 1/48 scale
P-47D Thunderbolt

by Justin Stolte


Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback


Tamiya's 1/48 scale P-47D Thunderbolt is available online from Squadron.com




Here is my Tamiya 1/48 scale P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback in the markings of “Raid Hot Mama” flown by Lt. John Drummond, 405 FG. This is the first Tamiya Jug I have built and I will jump on the bandwagon and add to the chorus of praise for this kit. It is so well engineered that it fell together with very little effort on my part.

The only aftermarket items I added were the wheels and the seat, both from True Details. I also added antenna wire made from E-Z line. The decals are from Eagle Strike #48053 “American Jabos Part 3”, although some of the kit decals were used for the stencils.



I painted the lower surfaces with Tamiya XF-53 Neutral Gray and the upper surfaces with Gunze-Sangyo H52 Olive Drab. All the aluminum bits were painted with Alclad II over a coat of Mr. Surfacer 1000 as a primer. The panel lines were washed with artist oil paint thinned with lighter fuel, Payne’s Gray on the lower and Raw Umber on the upper.

I enjoyed this build, finding it to be a pleasant break from more challenging kits!



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P-47 Thunderbolt Aces
of the Ninth and Fifteenth Air Forces
Aircraft of the Aces 30
Author: Jerry Scutts
Illustrator: Chris Davey
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publish Date:
 December 1, 1999
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1855329069
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Images and Text Copyright © 2005 by Justin Stolte
Page Created 28 September, 2005
Last Updated 27 September, 2005

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