Tamiya P-47D Razorback in 1/72 Scale

This is Tamiya’s P-47D Razorback.  If you want a kit with no surprises, this is a good one to pick.  Everything fits and everything looks right.  I built this one OOB, I just added tape seatbelts and Nitenol antenna wires.  The markings are for the P-47D of Major Bill Dunham, CO of the 460th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, Leyte, Philippines, December 1944.  Microscale decals were used for the markings, the black ID stripes were painted on.  This is an older sheet, patterned from Don Greer’s artwork on the cover of the first Squadron P-47 In Action book.  More recent research indicates several subtle differences in the paint and markings. Kill markings were overlaid with flags from the Eduard Hellcat decal sheet as these were much sharper.

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3 thoughts on “Tamiya P-47D Razorback in 1/72 Scale

  1. Sweet, especially for a 1/72nd scale kit. Interesting look; the lack of camouflage demonstrates our complete mastery of the air. Also of note it’s a “B” model T-bolt. Little has been said on P-47’s in the Pacific theater… Their participation came late due to range limitations.
    It wasn’t until the the long range P-47N, made specifically for the Pacific Theatre, came along that it was really competitive in the PTO, however by then it was a bit late to be really effective.

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  2. Can’t speak to the serial #’s; though Wiki explains the similarity to earlier models:
    The first P-47Ds were actually the same as P-47Cs. Republic could not produce Thunderbolts fast enough at its Farmingdale plant on Long Island, so a new plant was built at Evansville, Indiana.
    Also of note – The bubble canopy was adopted from the Brits (!)
    Bubbletop P-47s
    Republic XP-47K (42-8702)

    All the P-47s produced to this point had a “razorback” canopy configuration with a tall fuselage spine behind the pilot, which resulted in poor visibility to the rear. The British also had this problem with their fighter aircraft, and had devised the bulged “Malcolm hood” canopy for the Spitfire as an initial solution. This type of canopy was fitted in the field to many North American P-51 Mustangs, and to a handful of P-47Ds. However, the British then came up with a much better solution, devising an all-round vision “bubble canopy” for the Hawker Typhoon. USAAF officials liked the bubble canopy, and quickly adapted it to American fighters, including the P-51 and the Thunderbolt. The first P-47 with a bubble canopy was a modified P-47D-5 completed in the summer of 1943 and redesignated XP-47K. Another older P-47D was modified to provide an internal fuel capacity of 370 U.S. gal (1,402 l) and given the designation XP-47L. The bubble canopy and increased fuel capacity were then rolled into production together, resulting in the block 25 P-47D (rather than a new variant designation). First deliveries of the P-47D-25 to combat groups began in May 1944.

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