1/48 Tamiya Republic P-47D Razorback Thunderbolt

Gallery Article by James Kelley


     Much has already been written in regards to this outstanding kit, as new as it is, and I will not re-iterate what you already have read except to say that this is probably the best-engineered kit I have enjoyed in a long time.  The kit was built stock "out-of-the-box" with two minor exceptions; I included the addition of Eduard photo-etched seatbelts (I have never been able to fully appreciate the decal seatbelts prevalent on so many kits these days), and stainless steel blunt-tipped hypodermic syringe "needles" which replaced the kit machine guns.


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     The completed aircraft was airbrushed exteriorly with a primer coat of Testors Model Master Non-Buff Aluminum Metallizer, and Model Master Acrylic Olive Drab and Light Grey, with coats of Glosscoat lacquer in-between . The interior was painted Dark Green. Panel lines were brought out with a black Micron 0.5 drafting pen.

A few Superscale decals were added to the mix of kit decals for artistic licensure, as I always wanted to build a fighter with nose art.

James Kelley


Photos and text by James Kelley