Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Razorback
When I discovered Norris Graser and his Thundercals company had produced some decals for the Burma Banshees P-47's I couldn't resist getting a set. The sheet depicts P-47's flown by the 89th and 90th FS along with 80th FG. Of course I chose ButterBean III, flown by LTC Albert Evans Jr along with Col Sydney D. Grubbs Jr out of Myitkyina, Burma. Just couldn't resist that skull nose art to tell you the truth. May have to do another Banshee in the future as the set has markings for 5 planes.
The kit is the Tamiya P-47 Razorback which seems to be the gold standard for P-47 modelers. Much has been written about this kit so I won't bored the reader with a kit review. Needless to say the parts fit is good , no putty was used in the construction, and the cockpit detail is nice. I did use an Ultracast seat since I hate working with PE belts and decal belts just don't look right to me. The decal art shows a 75 gallon tank under ButterBean's belly, which is not included in the Tamiya offering. Therefore, I dug one out of yea old spares box to fill that gap. Other than that she's all OOB in construction.
Paint was Tamiya XF-26 Deep Green for the cockpit, Tamiya Fine Surface Primer from a rattle can, followed by Tamiya LP-70 Gloss Aluminum from an airbrush. Because of the gloss finish I didn't use any Future/Pledge on her before applying the decals nor to seal them afterwards. Top coat was Alcad II Lacquer Semi-Matt which was used to finish her off. Some Pitt-Pen work highlighted the panel lines and nylon thread was used for the antenna. Can't say enough about the decals as they performed well along with the Thundercal P-47 National Insignia and Data Decals. Fun build just took me longer than usual because of work as well as the holidays. Speaking of which I wish all you iModelers out there a very Happy and safe New Year.
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