1/48 Monogram Pro-Modeler P-47N
I am a huge fan of the old Revell-Monogram "Pro-Modeler" kits. Obviously no longer produced, but if you keep your eyes peeled, you can find these gems at garage and estate sales, even The Goodwill or Cost Plus. Great kits with nice molding, no flash. I found this one at a local modeling club's annual swap meet. I paid $10!
The P-47N was the last variant of the Thunderbolt towards the end of WWII, seeing combat mainly in the PTO. Note the "squared off" wing tips, the main difference from the earlier variants. Used as a fighter of course, but mostly for ground support. The engineering for the F-86, used in Korea less than ten years later, drove off of the heavy air frame of the Thunderbolt.
The kit was a joy to build, very little fit issues as is typical with these older Pro-Modeler kits. The decals were pretty shot. The only ones I used from the original sheet were the stripes on the tail surface, and then I had to painstakingly piece them together on the model as they had broken up in the water, but I could not find any after market for this particular squadron. Somewhere over the Pacific Northwest, a very long chain of obscenities still floats...
You gotta LOVE "The Jug"!
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