1/48 Hasegawa P-47D - Saucy Susie

Gallery Article by Dirk Adel


Here is my "Saucy Susie' I built last summer. I like those bupple-topped props, but the "Jug" looks of some overweight in comparison to Mustangs and Spits. The kit is of the typical Hasegawa quality. To add some detail I got the airwaves photo etched detail set at a dealer near by. It brings all that detail to the canopy and the engine like seatbelts and ignition cables. Of course the Eduard set would have done the same job.

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The model was sprayed with Tamiya AS Bare Metal and TS red cans and sealed with Gunze clear sprays. The decals came with the kit, but I did not take the box art scheme "Angie" but the alternative "Saucy Susie" as my wifes name is Susanne. Unfortunately no PinUp-noseart belongs to this sheme ;-) The black, red and yellow stripes on the tail represent by accident today´s German flag. Other aircraft of the squadron seem to have the stripes in another order: red, black and yellow. Does anybody know the right design?

The helix on the spinner is made using the decal and painting the rest. The eight machine-guns were drilled open. There could be used resin aftermarket products, too.   

Dirk Adel


Photos and text © by Dirk Adel