Republic P-47D-30 Thunderbolt “Balls Out” – 1:72
Republic P-47D-30-RA Thunderbolt of 509th Fighter Squadron, 405th Fighter Group (France 1945) ‘Balls Out’ flown by Capt. Milt Thompson.
Kit: Revell 1:72 (04155)
Let me present another classic that I’ve just finished: fighter-bomber P47 Thunderbolt. Building this model was sheer pleasure. The Revell kit is greatly detailed, parts fit with no need to use any fillers (everything was built out of the box). It only lacks a pilot figure for me, but anyway I think it’s a good start for beginners. To be honest, I put my heart into building this model, I spent a lot of time during my Christmas days off and a few on and I’m quite happy with the result, and even happier with what I’ve learnt about modelling.
P-47D was the most produced variant of P47s – 12,609 built (including the razorback Ds). It was mostly used in the European theatre of war with only a few going to units in the Pacific. Initially they were used as escort fighters, and later as fighter-bomber. This variant (D-30) had some improvements including engine refinements, more internal fuel capacity and the addition of dive recovery flaps. D-30s received a lot of recognition from pilots who nicknamed them “Superbolts” and their contribution in the final Allied victory was huge.
The model presents the “Balls Out” plane which was flown by Capt. Milton William Thompson (1920-1952). He was a veteran of 91 missions during World War II and received many decorations.
It’s hard to find any information about Capt. Milt Thompson on the Internet, but some digging was fruitful, I found the copy of “The Evening Leader” (February 12, 1952) with the information about his death – scan attached. If you know any sources or have some information about this pilot, please share – I’d love to learn more about his achievements.
I will be grateful for your comments.
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