Academy 1/48 P-47D Bubbletop
This is my contribution to the Jerry Grandall Tribute Group Build organized by Tom Cleaver on iModeler. Thanks Tom for the invitation and for starting this Group Build as a way to honor some of Jerry's great decals. I used EagleCals sheet EC- #104 P-47D Thunderbolt, depicting Norma, Little Bunny, Helen from the 57th FG. The USAAF pilots that flew this A/C were Lt William Lyke and Lt Brad Muhl. Originally operated by the Brazilian AF from RAF deliveries she was painted in Dark Green and Gray paint before taken over by the 57th. Hence the somewhat strange paint scheme which appealed to me.
The Academy kit has been around for awhile and is not as detailed as the Tamiya offering, however, it can be build into a respectable model. Added bonus was I obtained this kit in Eduard boxing from an estate sale with no decals or instructions for $5. What's not to like. During construction I added a Ultracast seat and used some nylon thread for the wire antenna, other than that it's OOB. The OD color is Model Master enamel lighten a little and Tamiya RAF dark green acrylic. Top coat is Alclad semi-matt. Some staining was done with artist chalk and a Pitt Pen to highlight panel lines. Up next is the Airfix P-51 using some more EagleCal decals.