P-47D Razorback – Tamiya 1/48th
This is my build of the Tamiya 1/48th P-47D Razorback. Tamiya’s p-47s must be some of the best kits ever produced. No need for a lot of photo etch in the cockpit , which has excellent detail OOB. I did add a few small things, however. As usual, I attached spark plug wiring for the engine ignition harness made from fine solder wire, as well as Eduard photo-etch seat belts, and diamond tread tires from Ultracast (?). Antenna wire is EZ-line. Oh, I drilled out the blast tubes for the main guns, as I recall.
Markings are for the P-47D-23 “Okie” of Major Quince Brown 78th FG. I liberated the checks for the cowling from the Tamiya Bubble Top P-47D. The rest of the decals were assembled from Superscale’s version of “Okie”, slightly modified. Tom Cleaver has another build of Brown’s aircraft on iModeler with a detailed story of this remarkable pilot (and more in his fascinating Osprey book on the 78th). I did my version of “Okie”some time ago before that, based on Internet materials. It may therefore not be 100% accurate. By the way, it appears Okie was kept in pretty good shape, paint-wise (see close up photos). I went with a somewhat later repaint scheme where the bombing missions seem to have been painted out (also Tom Cleaver’s choice, I think) and there is a black rectangular surround for the kill markings (see image 24).
Painting was straightforward. Upper surface OD is Gunze H52 (my favorite shade of this) and under surfaces Neutral Gray from Tamiya. Weathered as always with oil wash over Tamiya Clear and matt coated with MM Acryl flat. As always, my pre-shading doesn’t come out so well in photos but it does give panel shade variation in person.
I hope you like it. Comments welcome as always. Happy modeling.
26 additional images. Click to enlarge.