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Bostwick’s colourful P-47M Thunderbolt (1/48 scale

A 1/48 scale Tamiya kit build of Major George Bostwick’s extremely colourful P-47M ‘Hotrod’ Thunderbolt as it was in mid-1945 after shooting down a Messerschmitt Me-262A jet. To celebrate this feat, it was marked with the addition of a black cowling band to the already colourful 56th Fighter Group dark blue and light blue scheme.

Spent rather longer on the weathering and chipping than usual for this build as without it, this scheme tended to look rather too ‘cartoony’ for my taste. Pleased with the end result though 🙂

Video build here as ever:

6 additional images. Click to enlarge.


10 responses to Bostwick’s colourful P-47M Thunderbolt (1/48 scale

  1. Nice!! Love that scheme.

  2. That looks so cool!

  3. That’s a cool video and pictures you posted, and I think that your P-47 looks great parked next to your Heinz Bar Me-262. The P-51 and your Spitfire in the video look very nice too.

    Thanks for sharing these with us. I have a few of these Tamiya P-47 kits in the stash, and I have yet to build one.

    After looking at yours and how nice it looks, it’s really tempting.

    Well done and I hit the “Liked” button too.

    • Hi Louis!

      Glad the side by side pairings caught your attention – the sheer size of the ‘Jug’ next to the Spit Mk.IX certainly made an impression on me!

      I’d been meaning to do one of the Tamiya Thunderbolts for years and, having finally got round to one, I can’t recommend it too highly. Superb engineering and a really engaging subject at all stages of the build process.

      Thanks for the ‘like’ and the kind words; they really mean a lot!

      Happy New Year!
      Justin

  4. Interesting scheme. Neat to see a US ETO plane with blue on it.

    Great execution, and I like how your video of shots nicely summarizes the build. Liked!

  5. Well done Justin, that’s a very interesting paint scheme. One wonders what was the inspiration behind it. Nice video showing your building progression as well.

  6. That really is a wild scheme, but you pulled if off marvelously – doesn’t look cartoony at all!

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