Off the SoD – Hasegawa 1/48 P-47D “Eileen”
Everyone liked the Hasegawa P-47s when they came out 25 years ago, then lost interest when the Tamiya P-47s came out 18 (!) years ago.
Yes, there is a shape problem with the fuselage, the belly is too shallow – but not so much that it is super-noticeable if the model isn’t sitting next to a model where the shape is right – and even then, if you’re looking from above, it’s not so noticeable. And yes, the flaps can’t be lowered, and yes, a resin cockpit does help. And aftermarket decals won’t hurt.
So, a few years back, I did this model, with a Squadron True Details cockpit, Aeromaster decals, etc. The model is Frank Oiler’s well-known “Eileen” from the 78th Fighter Group.
The reason it ended up on the SoD was I managed to misplace the main wheels. A few weeks back, I was going through a spare parts box recently looking for something else, and noticed a pair of P-47 wheels from an old Monogram kit. Not sure if they are exactly the right size, but they are “right enough” to let this see the light of day.
Even looking at it from the side as in the header shot here, the fuselage line isn’t something that immediately draws your eye (unless I mention it, like now).
I really think the 78th’s scheme of RAF Dark Green upper surfaces and Sky lower surfaces is good looking.
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