1/48 Hasegawa P-47D-25
The latest off the bench for 2021 and my addition to what seems to be Hasegawa P-47 week on iModeler. I won’t bore you with all that has been written about this kit, as it’s well known by now. It doesn’t have the great detail of Tamiya’s offerings but it can be finished into a good looking P-47. I was interested in doing a model of “Oh Johnnie” as flown by Lt Raymond Knight of the 350th FG. He would be the last AAF airman to receive the Medal of Honor in WWII. The full citation and his photo can be viewed here:
Many thanks to Louis Gardner for supplying this kit and also to Norris Graser for information about the color scheme of Lt Knight’s A/C. Much appreciated gentlemen, and if interested Mr Graser has some great decals for P-47’s at his website, Thundercals.com.
I build this kit pretty much OOB, but added an Untracast seat and some gun barrels from Master Models. She’s painted in Tamiya RAF Dark Green over Medium Sea Grey and the decals are from Eagle Cals. A Pitt Pen was used to highlight some panel lines, an Prismacolor silver pencil for wear and nylon thread for the antenna. All in all an enjoyable build and believe it or not, there is some clearance between the belly tank and the ground. But not much.
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