Hasegawa 1/32 P-47D-30 “Eight Nifties”
I sometimes wonder whether I should read kit reviews as this kit received the entire spectrum. I guess the moral of the story is that if you like the subject and scale then just go build, which is precisely what I did when I started this project last October and have just completed.
For those who’re wondering I found it to be a great kit, not without its foibles, but if you take your time with assembly etc. By being careful I used virtually no filler, just a smidgen along the wing to fuselage joint. Measure twice, cut once…sage advice and I only wish I would remember it!
I’m sure those more knowledgeable than me will debate my colour/marking choices however I was only able to find one picture of the actual aircraft (included here).
After some research, and considered reflection, I disagreed with the Kits World instructions and went my own way as follows:
- Added blue stripes above/below the tailplanes (not shown on the decal marking instructions)
- Didn’t extend the anti-glare panel into the blue engine cowling ring (the decal marking instructions show it otherwise but I couldn’t see it from my reference picture)
- Increased the distance (I cut the decal in half) between the words ‘Eight’ and ‘Nifties’ as the image I worked from indicated it was slightly higher.
I replaced the long range fuel tank with a bomb – again, the photo I had showed the aircraft with a centre-line bomb. However I confess I only did this because it dawned on me late in the day that there wasn’t going to be much ground clearance for the tank as I was using ‘flattened’ tires…which is probably why you see some of these kits without the tank but with their associated sway braces installed!
- Engine wired (all 36 plugs even though Hasegawa only provide 18)
- Replaced the instrument panel, machine guns and wheels
- Added fabric seat belts and a centre-line bomb/rack
- Dropped the engine cowl by a bee's d**k to avoid a step between it and the fuselage
- Barracuda – P47C/D Block Tread Mainwheels (BR32059) – excellent, highly recommended
- Eduard – Paint Masks (JX066) – indispensable
- Yahu – P-47 Instrument Panel (YMA3223) – yes, I know it’s cheating but it’s the best $15-95 modelling money I’ve ever spent!
- HGW – Seatbelts (132820) – it took me three hours to assemble the 24 components but by the end I was thoroughly enjoying myself
- Kits World Decals (KW132031) – excellent, highly recommended
- Hasegawa – brass machine gun barrels (QG12) – because I could!
- AK Interactive – Xtreme Metal Aluminium and Dark Aluminium – nice stuff, they spray beautifully right out of the bottle.
- Testors, Tamiya (AS-12) and Humbrol paints
- 502 Abteilung Oil Paint - Raw Umber (ABT007), Black) (ABT110), Dust (ABT003) – this is the first time I’ve used artist oils and I can honestly say they’re fantastic.
23 additional images. Click to enlarge.