1/48 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt.
This is the 43 year old Monogram “Razorback” that was based on their 1967 “Bubbletop” kit. I found this original 1977 issue of the kit at a recent show and bought it for $5. The deal of the century! I realized while building it that it is the first P-47 that I’ve built since 1977, when I built one of these same kits. It assembled with zero drama and has a high level of detail molded onto a small number of parts. It’s still a great kit. I added Eduard belts and a 75 gallon drop tank from an Accurate Miniatures P-51B kit. The kit supplies the 108 gallon paper tank that wasn’t used in the MTO. I also removed/filled the tongue and groove joins between the bombs and wing pylons. A couple dabs of CA join the sway braces to the pylons just fine and look a lot better. EZ line for the aerial and it was finished. I painted it with Xtracolor and Humbrol enamels and used Berna decals to model a French example on Corsica in 1944. These old Monogram kits still provide a lot of modeling fun.
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