1/48 Academy P-47D

Gallery Article by Tony Bell


This is the 1:48 Academy P-47D, not-so-straight-from-the-box. 

The kit cockpit was replaced with a combination of True Details resin and Eduard photoetch. The engine is the outstanding Aires resin Pratt & Whitney R-2800 with a KMC resin Hamilton Standard prop, while the landing gear is comprised of Teknics brass legs and True Details resin wheels. The canopy is the Squadron vac.


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The rivets were applied with a home made pounce wheel fabricated from a watch cog, some brass rod and a sewing pin. 

SnJ was used for the natural metal finish along with Aeromaster enamels and Tamiya acrylics. Weathering was accomplished with pastels and a wash of Liquitex acrylics. 

The decals were from Aeromaster.

Tony Bell

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Photos and text by Tony Bell