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1/48 Tamiya P-47 D23 Thunderbolt

March 23, 2013 in Aviation

Here is a natural metal Razorback from my P-47 collection. This is 1/48 Tamiya P-47 D23 RA Thunderbolt with the markings of 82ndFS / 78 th FG / 8 th Air Force based in Duxford England during 1944. This natural metal machine was flown by Lt.R.D.Sharp.
I used the profiles from “P-47 Thunderbolt” published by Hall Park editions- Warpaint series as reference
The model built mostly out of the box except for ;
• Eduard PE seat belts
• Tally Ho PE gunsight
• Ultracast 48123 P-47 covered wheels-diamond tread
The painting was done with Alclad II Aluminium Lacquers as usual. The base color is Alclad Natural Aluminium. For different panels shading I used Alclad White and Dark Aluminium also. D-day bands are painted by using Tamiya acrylics.
The decals are from my spare box.
Happy modelling

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9 responses to 1/48 Tamiya P-47 D23 Thunderbolt

  1. Fantastic Jug, Tolga. Excellent choices on the interior colors and the checkers and stripes truly complement your subtle and realistic natural metal finish. Bravo!

  2. Tolga, another great job on the “bolt”.. starting a braille scale Hase kit of oneof those and trying to decide on cockpit color.. so many different brands, types and god knows a thousand ACEs saying what the color should be. I know for sure the one I am doing calls for the “Bronze Green” base and yours seems to be the closest match I have seen lately, what pant company or color did you use or did you mix it? your presentation of this one is very good. Thanks cws

    • Thanks.
      For the P-47 cockpit color, I ve used Gunze Sangyo acrylic H302.
      This color is a well reflection of bronze green for my opinion.

      • very good, then that is the color I need because it matches almost exactly the colors shown in the reference material I have for Major Chester Van Etten’s P-47 (s) he flew at least 5 different ones but most all had the same nose art and cockpits all same color over all. Thanks so much…

  3. You’re a true artisan,Tolga. Amazing workmanship (as usual). Another 10.

  4. Another excellent model, Tolga. Since I have been closely studying P-47s of the 78th FG while writing “Aces of the 78th” I can say this one is very accurate in its overall look – what you would have seen at Duxford from early July through late August, even as late as early September (for airplanes that survived not being shot down/shot up during the Normandy campaign – the group was easily able to nearly completely re-equip with P-47D-25s by the end of August due to losses). It’s very interesting how many of the airplanes in the group did not have names, I think it’s likely one of the highest percentages of any group in 8th AF.

    Actually, the color callout for P-47 cockpits is “dull dark green,” not “bronze green,” but the two colors are close enough as to make no never-mind. This certainly looks like what I use for DDG.

  5. Way cool Tolga!! Beautiful Jug there!

  6. Tolga, excellent work and an interesting subject (even witout the usual artworks seen on P47’s).

  7. Tolga another master piece and inspiration to go out and get a Tamiya P-47…

    Two thumbs up.

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