P-47 D “Big a*s Bird”
This is Academy’s rendition of Maj Howard Park’s P-47 D in quarter scale. Although not on par with the Hasegawa and Tamiya offerings, it is nonetheless an acceptable replacement that with the necessary TLC builds into a fine P-47 D. The decals are of the usual Academy standard ie. thin and well printed. Decals responded well to Model master’s decal setting solution. Academy did a stellar job on their whole P-47 range. Obviously there is room for improvement and those of us with big budgets and deep pockets would have a field day with all the aftermarket goodies that Aires and Eduard has brought to the table! I chose to scratchbuild the necessary improvements to the wheel well, ammo troughs and engine ignition harness. The bullets were very labour intensive since they were fashioned out stretched sprue and individually glued into the ammo troughs and painted to resemble bullets. The Eduard brass set looks awesome but I don’t like the look of flat bullets.
Big A*s Bird was flown by Maj. Howard Park from the 513FS, 406 FG. Park became famous for his exploits in Big A*s Bird due to him destroying a German Panther as well as sinking a German ship in Brest Harbour. Hopefully Tom Cleaver has got more info on this!
The model was painted with Modelmaster Metalizers from their buffing and non-buffing. Weathering was courtesy of watercolour paint for the panel lines and Doc O’ Brien’s weathering powders for additional staining around the guns and cowl flaps.
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