1:32 scale, Hasegawa P-47M-1-Re, "Thunderbolt"
This is another one of my "Jugs" that currently reside at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, NY. I think between Koppos and myself, we have a few there... ;).
It's a big model, so before you get into building her, make sure you have room!
Basically, from start to finish, it was a fast build, and the kit went together very well. If you have ever built the Tamiya 1:48 scale kit, you will notice some very interesting similarities in the way the parts lay out. I'm not going to say Hasegawa 'upscaled' the Tamiya kit, but I think one could argue that point.
There really was very little need for putty or filler, and the model built up pretty straight forward. Very enjoyable build and I recommend it to all the "Big Scale" guys out there.
I built the model OOB, and used Model Master Enamels for the upper surface, and Alclad II for the lower side. The color is a very deep wine colored purple, and the story is, that the pilot, Flt Lt Witold Lanowski, had his plane painted to match his favorite smoking jacket. Whether or not this is true is open to discussion, but, fighter pilots being what they are, I thought it does have the possibility of being true, so I went with it.
Weathering is by thinned oils and pastel chalk, and the decals are from the kit, and went on well without any issues.
Thanks again and have a great day everyone!
Freddie from LI