P-47D Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Here is my attempt to model the P-47D of Thomas E. Bowers (65th FS, 57th FG) based at Grossetto Italy in March of 1945. This is the 1/48th scale Tamiya P-47D kit with Ultracast seat with belts, Ultracast tires, and Superscale decals. The gunsight is photoetch with a bristle from a toothbrush for the bead sight. The belly rack was modified for the fuel tank, MTO P-47s apparently did not carry the paper or flat tanks found in the ETO.
Although this aircraft had a typical gunsight from this period of the war apparently many were fitted with the ring and bead sights for dive bombing. The classic documentary movie Thunderbolt provided some great footage of this activity in Italy.
The cockpit was my interpretation of the dull dark green that Republic used for the interior. The instruments were the decals from the kit. I used Citadel acrylics for model figures to paint the details.
The finish was made with buffed Old Silver tinted in some places and Metalizers. Gray-black and redbrown acrylic washes were used to provide some additional weathering.
The jeep is the Tamiya 1/48th scale kit. It is hard to give a proper impression of just how large the P-47 is in a photograph without something to give it scale. P-51s and Spitfires are pretty but Jugs are awesome.