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Tamiya 1:72 P-47D-23-RA Thunderbolt

this is my Tamiya 1:72 Razorback done as a P-47D-23-RA "Josie/Cleveland Clever" (42-27899) flown by Lt. Mike Dokovitsky of the 340th FS, 348th FG, 12/1944.

To attempt to achieve tonal variations i did not use a final clear coat. instead i worked in steps, finishing the metal finish first, then painted the black theater strips, national markings, and O.D. forward cowling without a clear coat finish. It kind of worked.

Metal finish is Alclad, paint is Mr. Color. chips are done using a toothpick to scratch the painted areas soon after they were applied. Decals are from Print & Scale sheet #72-173.

Add-ons are Master Models MG barrels and pitot tube, bassin wheels, QuickBoost gunsight and horizontal tail surfaces and oil-cooler flaps. wheel wells were detailed with Eduard P.E. and fine solder wire .

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21 responses

  1. Man, impressive model @aviator6! Great scale modeling sir! 🙂

    edited to add: Oh my goodness, it is 1/72 isn't it? You coulda fooled me, it is a fantastic result in any scale sir.

  2. Outstanding. It's hard to believe it's in 1/72 scale!
    Really well done, Roger
    @aviator6

  3. Another, Roger Fabrocini master piece. Everything subtle, balanced and in place. Nothing over stated and its all done in 1/72nd.

    Standing ,clapping and whistling on this one.

    Three thumbs up. If I had an extra one.

    Smashed the like button.

  4. Anything I say is echo from the comments above... beautifully made overall, can easily pass for 1/48 model

  5. Always love a jug and that's one nice jug.

  6. Another Fantastic Fabrocini project. Great result, and as others have noted, hard to believe it's 1/72.

  7. Wow! That’s a beautiful T bolt! Fantastic paint and weathering. Thank you for sharing!

  8. My compliments Roger, that is an outstanding Thunderbolt.

  9. Amazing result, Roger!
    Really hard to believe it is only 1/72!

  10. So much added detail and a perfect finish, definitely liked.

  11. Echoing all the above comments, Roger @aviator6
    This is an awesome build, even more since it is in 1/72 scale.

  12. Wow, nice work Roger. I love the wear and tear on the ammo doors ad cockpit hand holds. Very inspiring,

  13. Well done, Roger. I thought it was 1/32 at first glance.

  14. This is one of the best 1:72 Tamiya Thunderbolt I have ever seen! It really inspires me to build a second one of this kit.

  15. Thank you all, I am humbled by your kind words.

  16. I love the scheme you've chosen, and of course, fantastic craftsmanship on this one. Liked!

  17. Roger, this looks really great. Your paint work is excellent. It has a very realistic look !
    These Tamiya P-47 kits are extremely nice, making them towards the top of my favorite "kits to build" list in both 1/48 and 1/72 scale.

  18. Beautiful Jug. 1/72? Really? That’s some talent.

  19. This is a great looking Thunderbolt, nice job!

  20. Beautifully done, especially for 1/72! Love it.

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