1/48 Tamiya P-47D2 "Captured Thunderbolt – Zirkus Rosarius"
This is P-47 D2 Thunderbolt with the markings of Zirkus Rosarius.
This special unit of the Luftwaffe, also known as the "Wanderzirkus Rosarius", was in charge of testing captured British and American aircraft which were all repainted in German markings.
This unit was formed by Theodor Rosarius in 1943 and was part of the 2./Versuchsverband Ob.d.L.. The Zirkus also toured operational airfields showing Luftwaffe pilots the captured aircraft and training them in techniques to counter these aircraft.
This P-47 D2 s/n 42-22490 formerly belonging to the 358th FS, 335th FG had been piloted by Lt. William Roach who mistakenly confused a French airfield with one in Southern England and had landed at Caen. This aircraft was captured in November 1943 and delivered to the Rechlin experimental center. Later after receiving a thorough overhaul it was delivered to the Rosarius Zirkus.The original American paint scheme was replaced by Luftwaffe camouflage and the code T9 + FK applied.
Instrument panel and seatbelts are from Eduard PE sets. I also added Tally Ho metal gunsight
Tamiya Razorback kit converted to D2 version by using Loon Models Early P-47 Cowl Flaps set.
Painting was done with Gunze Sangyo acrylics.Upper surfaces are painted to RLM 74 and the lower surfaces to RLM 04 yellow.
Decals from Cutting Edge CED48256 Zirkus Rosarius –Special Missions Part 1 .
Wheels are replaced by “Ultracast Covered wheels with diamond tread”
*Reference: On special Missions – Luftwaffe's Research and Experimental Squadrons 1923-1945 ( R.Smith , E Creek, P Petrick - Ian Allan publishing)