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Chuck A. Villanueva
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Revell / Monogram 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt, WWII

June 18, 2013 · in Aviation · · 12 · 1.9K

Today we have 's T-bolt, the old 80's repop that was in the box. This version was issued at around the turn of the century.( Can't believe I wrote that, I remember reading about the turn of the century 1899-1900,yikes). Built with no Am other than the decals which were on Aeromaster set #48-090, this sport one of those unusual paint schemes that was more the RAF, in Ocean Grey, Medium Green over Neutral Grey. With a White forward portion of the engine cowling. Built around 2005, using Aeromaster Warbird Acrylics. After building this version, when some of the Modeling sites were still starting, up there seemed to be a challenge of the authenticity of some of the 's that appeared on this sheet. Don't quite remember what was the issue. But irregardless the sheet had some interesting schemes that appealed to me. A nice quick build, even with the raised panel lines, a little work and I have a nice P-47D Razorback. But I do need to get a few more, from Tamiya and Academy. Really surprised that this is the only P-47 I have in the house. Not one is in the stash. Thanks for viewing.


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    said on June 18, 2013

    Nice P-47 Chuck. Quite a few of Zemke's Wolfpack (56 FG?) T-bolts had RAF camo (or a variation of it) applied to their machines without the standard RAF pattern, The most obvious one being Francis Grabeskies P-47 bubble top so i recon your one is genuine enough. Like it!

  2. good to see this old war horse being built chuck...this was world class state of the art when these first came out...the bubble top in 1967...until hasegawa released thiers with otaki in between...i've got 47 p-47 decal sheets and i'm not going to buy a tamiya for each one...anyway i love it...great post

    • Thanks Bob, it was one of those kits that I spotted at the local Hobby shop picking up supplies. Normally it would go straight to the stash, but though nothing really impressive, it was something that said build me and I did, not a typical Monogram build with lots of putty, this one was quite not so laborious. 47
      Chuck .

  3. That is Hub Zemke's personal T-bolt, BTW, "My Tovarisch".

  4. Actually, this airplane arrived in England in natural metal, and was painted in late April/May 1944. All field applied camo schemes in the ETO utilized RAF paints since there were no USAAF stocks. The three colors should be the RAF standard Ocean Grey, Dark Green, Sea Grey medium (or more likely left unpainted aluminum). The scheme is seen in color photos (though not of this specific airframe) of the 56th FG published in Jeff Ethell's "Air Command" (a very useful book if you can find it since nearly all the photos are in color).

    Not a criticism of the model, since a lot of that information wasn't widely known at the time you did it, but passed on for future reference for others.

    • That is great info in regard to the different paint schemes at this stage of the war. At the time I had some doubt on the Neutral Grey for this scheme. But couldnt find anything to refute it at the time. But that is quite fascinating.

  5. Very nice jug Chuck love the raf schemes keep those t-bolts coming you need more for the stash GO NAVY

  6. It's nice too see this colour scheme applied to a "foreign" plane.

  7. One of Monogram's best kits. It came out is 1968 or so. The painting instructions were detailed and instructed one to paint the magnetos and other aircraft parts a specific color. I had no idea what these parts were! Well done sir!

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  8. Hi David, thanks for bringing up an old posting, one of the originals that I featured when I first joined Imodeler. amazing how quick the time has past. Still a good kit to this day. I remember how nice it was to build and not so labor intensive that Monogram at times can be yet despite that a fulfilling build.

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