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

by Gary Wickham


Republic P-47M Thunderbolt

available online from Squadron




"The Brat" flown by Lt Randall 'Pat' Murphy, 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, during April, 1945.

This model is the latest boxing of the Tamiya P-47 family. Any of you that follow my model building habits know that I don't build WWII ! However, I actually won this kit in a raffle and having heard so many good things about the quality etc decided to do a quick build.

Three weeks later, here is the result.


This kit certainly is the jewel in Tamiya's 1/48 aircraft range to-date. The decals are from Aeromaster 48-783. Upper surface paints are Tamiya Acrylic whilst the lower surfaces natural metal is Alclad II Stainless Steel.

As this was always going to be a quick build (by my standards anyway), I did very little extra work (also because the kit really does not need it).

  • Separated and dropped the elevators.

  • Re-positioned the tail wheel.

  • Added brake lines to main struts.



This build has inspired me to seek out other WWII favorites (currently a Tamiya F4U-1D).

To see more of my models, please visit my website at http://www.scalespot.com



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Modelling the P-47 Thunderbolt
Osprey Modelling 11

Author: Brett Green
US Price:
UK Price: 12.99
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publish Date:
 July 25, 2004
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841767956
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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2006 by Gary Wickham
Page Created 05 May, 2006
Last Updated 04 May, 2006

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