1/48 Hasegawa P-47D-30

Gallery Article by Allan Wynrib

 

The model depicts a Republic P-47D-30 of 134 Squadron (renumbered as 131 Squadron)RAF at Ulunderpet, India in the summer of 1945.

It is built fromthe Hasegawa kit with a Black Box cockpit (actually, I won the cockpit as a door prize and had to buy the kit to put it in) which includes the correct non-corrugated floor and a Curtiss wide blade propeller from KMC.

 

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In addition to the resin, the intercooler doors in the fuselagesides have been closed andthe trim flap at the midpoint of the aileron on the right wing has been replacedwith a fixed trim tab at the inboard endmade from.010stainless steel(the P-47, apparently, only had a movable trim tab on the port wing).

The bomb racks carry a pair of British 500 lb bombs in place of the usual US version, just because. The decals are from Aeromaster, applied to a paint job of RAF Dark Earth and US Olive Drab over US Medium Gray to represent the field repaint that likely occured on delivery (or so I'm told). All paints are Modelmaster enamels.

I built this model as part of a "build anything you want as long as it flies, it's a South-East Asia subject from WW II, non-American, non-Japanese and don't take forever about it" project with a couple of friends from our club. Hopefully their work will show up here soon too. 

Allan Wynrib

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Photos and text by Allan Wynrib