ProModeller 1/48 P-47N
When I built a 1/72 Heller P-47N in my teenage years I was taken by the bright tail recognition markings of the aircraft in the kit. Later when I was building 1/48 kits I knew I wanted a P-47N. I decided on the ProModeller kit- great instruction sheet- like a mini monograph on the P-47N, and two very interesting decal options. When I read the story of "Icky and me" I knew I wanted to build that particular aircraft, but there is only a 1/32 decal set of it- with no plans for 1/48. Getting over my disappointment, I looked around and stumbled on the decal sheet with "Glori Gal". After finding a wartime photo of the aircraft loaded for bear, I knew I wanted to build it. Studying photos, I could see that the kit tail stripes needed modification.
After building it out of the box (except for a scratchbuilt centerline bomb rack- made using photos) I painted it with Testors Aluminium Plate Buffing Metalizer. I brush coated with 6 layers of Future, then painted the OD antiglare shield, applied decals and sealed them in with more Future. I used the kit decal tail stripes on a coat of yellow, using Future to settle the decals down into the gaps in the empennage.
I am really glad to finally have a 1/48 P-47N.