1:32 Trumpeter P-47D “Wicked Wabbit” – Nose Art Group Build
This will be my final addition to the Nose Art Group build. Thanks again to Jaime Carreon @jetmex for heading up this GB and extending the deadline. I hadn’t planned on building my “Jug” as part of this build, but things just worked out with the timing. As with most of my builds, I struggled with which version of the bird I wanted to replicate. I really love the look of invasion stripes and was real close to building “Squirt II” but then ran across a World War II documentary titled “Thunderbolt”.
This war department documentary is narrated by Jimmy Stewart and follows the 57th Fighter Group during their operations in the Italian campaign.
I was hooked. I needed to find out more. Which I did, and decided on Lt. James C. “Wabbit” Hare’s razorback Thunderbolt P-47D.
The real “Wicked Wabbit”
The 57th didn’t need any invasion stripes on their P-47s, but they did have some pretty unique markings which sealed the deal as the bird I wanted to build. To learn more about the 57th, http://www.57thfightergroup.org.
My Take on the Build
A great deal is out there about this kit—which I enjoyed building. I even built the huge internal supercharger, which you cannot see in the final build, but does add support and weight to the kit. So I figured, what the heck, they put the parts in the kit, let’s use them.
You can build the kit without all of this structure, but be careful that the cockpit lines up exact before you glue the fuselage together. Other than that, not much to note about the kit that isn’t “Googleable”.
This is the first warbird I’ve not used my cheap and fast marker method for the panel lines. Not to say I didn’t try, but for some reason they didn’t behave over the Testors clear. So, I mixed up an acrylic sludge and worked all the panels 1-by-1. Painstaking? Yes, but therapeutic at the same time. Why do we do this?
Also, a first for me was using the Montex decals and masks. Decals went on without issue and were very forgiving to positioning. Also, I really like the look of the painted on roundels vs. decals. So, I’m hooked on this approach to markings. I did add an extra primer layer under the white so I was sure they popped off of the olive drab base coat.
That’s about it for my Jug. What a cool and beefy fighter! everything the USA had to give to the war is summed up in this warbird. With that—I give you my take on Lt. James Hare’s “Wicked Wabbit”. That’s all folks. I look forward to your comments. Keep building!
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