P47-D Thunderbolt, Academy 1/72

Quoting Wikipedia, "The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was the largest, heaviest, and most expensive fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single piston engine. It was heavily armed with eight .50-caliber machine guns, four per wing. When fully loaded, the P-47 weighed up to eight tons, and in the fighter-bomber ground-attack roles could carry five-inch rockets or a significant bomb load of 2,500 pounds; over half the weight the B-17 bomber could carry on long-range missions (although the B-17 had a far greater range). The P-47, based on the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, was to be very effective as a short-to-medium range escort fighter in high-altitude air-to-air combat and, when unleashed as a fighter-bomber, proved especially adept at ground attack in both the World War II European and Pacific Theaters.
The armored cockpit was roomy inside, comfortable for the pilot, and offered good visibility. A modern-day U.S. ground-attack aircraft, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, takes its name from the P-47


Kit manufacture: Academy
Scale: 1/72
Type: P47 D Thunderbolt Eileen
Extras used: none (OOB)Paints and colours used: Vallejo Aircolor, Oils, Flory washes

Here my last little 1:72 model.
The kit is simple but good, with a great fit and decent interiors.

The only problem were the decals, very thick, and for a model like this, having to conform to the cowl and to the fuselage it was a trouble.

Anyway, after 2 days of repeated application of Mr. Setter every 4 hours, at the end i was able to seat them in a (I think) good way.

To give a strong wear i applied the technique of the dot mapping on all the airplane, after painting, apply Future, decaling, chipping, sealing, washing, sealing.



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