Academy 1/48 P-47D Bubbletop
After completing Lt Richard W. Lander's P-40F, who was assigned to the 315th FS, 324th FG, I was asked if I could also build a P-47 he flew. His Group went from N Africa to Italy then on to Southern France where their P-40F's were replaced by P-47's sometime in 1944. I was given a couple of photo's, no real details, so thus began my little A/C research project. The above A/C at several stages of it's life was named Pud, Pudd, then finally Puddin. I enlisted the help of Norris Graser of Thundercals to help me find the tail number which he did in short order. He also noted the drop tank, which was used in the MTO by various P-47 units. They would take the standard 75 gallon tank, cut it in two, add a new section and mount it on it's side. It's clearly visible in one of the last photo's. You can't fine a similar one in any kit that I'm aware of, but Mr Graser makes a resin replacement. Problem solved by Mr P-47 IMHO.
Next were the decals, none exist for this A/C. But after sending a pic to Dave Kopielski. of Dave's Scale Models, the decal issue was solved. The Academy kit is no Tamiya P-47, which has lots of nice details, but with a little care one can produce a nice looking model. In fact I was really impressed with the canopy, very thin and crystal clear.
So here's the goodies I used:
Ultracast seat and wheels
Decals from Dave's Scale Models
Stars and bars plus prop decals and tank from Norris Graser at Thundercals
Correct prop from Tamiya kit
Main paints were Tamiya XF-26 Deep Green, XF-4 Yellow Green and TS-17 Gloss Aluminum
Pitt Pen for some panel line work
Sometimes I think the fun is in the research rather than actually building the model. For what it's worth I have finished a one of kind P-47. Actually enjoyed doing this one.