Kansas titled P-47s
P-47D Razorback. “Kansas Tornado” 510fs 405FG Europe.
Pilot: Howard Curran Served in Europe and Korea. Debate exists regarding ace status.
Kit: Trumpeter. Generally a good kit except for the Hamilton Standard prop- prop hub is too big, but since I couldn’t locate a Hasegawa HS, I went with what I had. Added about 2 mm to the length of the struts to get a better stance. Some modifications done to the cockpit. Mounted a Tamiya P-51 paper tank on the midline of the fuselage. 500lb bombs added and opened the ammo section. I left out some of the internal structures to improve the tricky fit when it is all built up.
Paints: AK & AK extreme metalizer, Model Master, Tamiya, Alclad and gloss coat. Nose and canopy frame are insignia blue per the FS squadron color with star from decal box for wheel hub. Decals: Barracuda. Very nice to work with.
Stains: guns and under fuselage- pastel chalk and pastel chalk with Future. Fuselage and wing top-pencil graphite heavily applied and wiped down to give the look of remaining black paint stains after removal in August of ‘44. Applied white pastel chalk with same method to give the same stain look for the white areas.
P47N. “Miss Kansas”. 463fs 507FG.
Pilot: unknown. Location: Ie Shima. AC number: unknown, but I took a guess for an aircraft whose number would have belonged in this squadron.
Kit: Trumpeter P-47N. Basically like the D bubble top with different wings and dorsal strake. The wheels aren’t correct. The kit has 6 spokes- I used Barracuda 8 spoke wheels.
Paints: same as above.
Decals: Kitsworld. The fuselage decorations were made with custom masks by me and hand painted details.
Engines: both from the kits with wiring added and different magnetos per instructions.
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