December 24, 2012 in Aviation
Monogram continued their line of P-47’s by doing the N model with engraved panel lines that are sharp on wings and soft on fuselage and Ok on the tail. In other words there is some in consistency of the last production model of the Jug that was modified with bigger wings for fuel to take the war to the heart of Japan.
The kit has some odd features in its design with the Lower wing being one piece, which is fine for a P-51 or Spitfire kit but, awkward in having some of the lower half of the fuselage to complicate the fit matters. The wing once alined has some gaps near the wing fillets that will need some filling and splicing with sheet plastic. However, the design allows the cockpit tube to added later in the build because of the huge gap left during the assembly process. The Tub has no alignment pins and you just glue it in using the pilots armored headrest as a guide. Also, the gear is a bit wonky, in order to box in the landing gear wells and get rid of the seem that was found on the older Monogram P-47 kits the engineers molded the landing gear into the wheel well walls. The folks who designed this kit don’t build kits because, landing gears are one of the last things any modeler would want to add to a kit to avoid breaking them. The model is still build able , its different in its constructions, requires some modeling skill and patients and a aptitude for doing natural metal finishes. My sample was rather old and the decal graphics are not up to Cartograph’s standards but, there is a new release out with some newer decals and one can always order something different from the after market decal people too.
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