Guerre d'Algérie...1/48 Republic F-47D Thunderbolt , Armée de l’Air

June 6, 2022 · in Aviation · · 7 · 1.6K


So, this is my dad´s final contribution to the French at war theme. P-47M kit, drop tank from a Tamiya P-47 Razorback kit, BLU-27 napalm canisters from a Hasegawa weapon set, antenna wire with elastic thread, Eduard seatbelts. All the F-47 were equipped with two rocket rails between landing gear and bomb rack, used some from the spares box. Painted with AK Xtreme Metal Aluminium. Initially we wanted to do an Algerian War scheme with the P-47 post WW2 sheet. The scheme included is the early one with small cowl letters and the unit coat of arms on the fuselage side. Then I found out, that the fuselage codes from the Berna Decals Skyraider sheet match exactly the size for the later scheme with big cowl letters and number, the tailnumber was puzzled together.

Build thread here

Model shows an aircraft of EC 2/20 "Ouarsenis" which flew the F-47 in combat from 1957 to 1960, then the Thunderbolts were replaced with Skyraiders.

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  1. A fantastic result out of the Tamiya kit, Reinhard! Very very realistic.
    Looks great in French markings!

  2. Excellent rendition, bravo!

    The drop tank is absolutely correct for a French Thunderbolt ?

  3. That must have been the Thunderbolt's last war.

    Good work and a very nice result on this. You can't go wrong with a Tamiya P-47.

  4. A beautiful Thunderbolt in French, Reinhard @grimreaper
    Great work and beautiful looking together with the A1.

  5. A beauty - love the "dirt haze" on the NMF finish - looks realistic to my eye!

  6. Nice work on an interesting P-47.

  7. Love this, just love this! The colourful french roundels and the looks of American designed aircraft is such a pretty marriage.

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