1/48 Tamiya P-47D “Miss Mutt”
Latest off the bench is LTC Robert Rowland’s “Miss Mutt” which also carried the marking Pride of Lodi, Ohio. Rowland’s birth place was in fact Lodi, Ohio, where he was born in 1917. He graduated in 1935 and then attended Ohio State University and the University of Maryland majoring in sciences. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1938 at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, was assigned to flying school in Texas and graduated from the pursuit course at Kelly Field, Texas.
In December 1941 he was transferred to the Tuskegee Army Flying Field and became the advanced instructor and director of fighter training for the Tuskegee Airman. By 1943 he was transferred to the 348th Fighter Group in Rhode Island as the XO. In May 1943 this unit deployed to New Guinea and were the first P-47 Thunderbolt group assigned to the PTO. While there he flew 203 combat missions an become an ace with a total of eight confirmed kills. The 348th specialized in air-ground and close support operations as well as air superiority missions. During one phase of their air superiority missions the 348th shot down 231 confirmed Japanese aircraft with only one pilot loss. LTC Rowland would serve after the war with Air Force in CONUS, Europe and Vietnam. He would retire with the rank of Major General and died on January 6, 2003 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, at the age of 85.
Since I’m always interested in Ohio pilots, especially those that achieve Ace, I became interested in building Rowland’s A/C. The Tamiya kit, as usual of their products, is an excellent kit. No real issues and the fit and alignment of parts was suburb as well the excellent detail displayed in the cockpit. I did add an Ultracast seat with molded hardness as I hate working with PE belts. The decals were a combination of the kit supplied decals and Kits-World for the nose art and Pride of Lodi markings. Nylon thread was used for the antenna. Paint was a combination of acrylics and enamels from Tamiya and Model Master. And I used a Pitt Pen to highlight the panel lines. Overall an enjoyable build.
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