Tamiya 1/48 P-47 Bubbletop in Gabby Gabreski’s markings
Well, usually I like to build things with slightly unusual markings, but this time around was different. My son was interested in building a P-47 with Gabreski's markings, and started in on the Hobby Easy 1/48 kit (which includes those markings). He asked if I could build one of my kits in the same markings. Well, who am I to refuse such a request?! So, with the Tamiya kit already in the stash, I was able to obtain some decals from the Testors and Monogram kits through a contact on the internet. This was supposed to be a quickie build to support my son's efforts, so I didn't try and chase down any other decals. Luckily, all I needed was on those sheets. Of course, a little bit of AMS set in with respect to the paintwork, and it took a bit of time to suss out the camouflage. Like so many others, a bit of this is guesswork, but I'm happy with the end result. I went with British colors for the camouflage, and gray (rather than nat metal) undersides. Various photos show various iterations of the Invasion Stripes, but this version seems plausible. This represents the a/c a bit later than the Invasion, when only the underside stripes were retained.
The only additions to the kit were a True Details seat, and the crosshair gunsight from an Eduard set. I was informed after the build that i have the wrong propeller on this, so that will have to be replaced shortly.
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