Eduard 1/144 P-47D Bubbletop
By Matt Bittner
Is there anything that needs to be typed about the P-47D that most of humanity doesn't know about already? There are plenty of references out there so go Google!
The Eduard 1/144 P-47D Bubbletop is actually a re-release of the Platz superlative kit with Eduard goodies thrown in for good measure. There are 35 gray, injected pieces on the main sprues and two pieces on the clear sprue. Eduard has also added a set of their masks with this release, to be used on the canopies and on the wheels. Eduard decals are for the following five aircraft:
- P-47D-26-RA, s/n 42-28382, flown by Lt. James R. Hopkins, 509th FS, 405th FG, 9th AF, Ophoven, Belgium, March 1945
- P-47D-27-RE, s/n 42-26785, flown by Lt. Raymond L. Knight, 346th FS, 350th FG, 12th AF, Pisa, Italy, 1945
- P-47D-26-RA, s/n 42-28382, flown by Capt. Donavon F. Smith, CO of 61th FS, 56th FG, 8th AF, Boxted, United Kingdom, August 1944
- P-47D-30-RA, s/n 44-20866, flown by Lt. Frank J. Middleton, 65th FS, 57th FG, 12th AF, Corsica, Summer 1944
- P-47D-28-RA, s/n 42-29091, flown by Lt. Ralph Barnes, 310th FS, 58th FG, 5th AF, Machinato Airfield, Okinawa, 1945
The first two aircraft are finished with Olive Drab upper and Neutral Gray on the undersides. The third machine has Ocean Gray and Dark Green top sides with Medium Sea Gray unders, while the last two are mainly overall natural metal. The decals appear to be nicely done and in register.
Construction starts with adding decal seat belts to a seat you've already painted, then adding it to the already molded-in cockpit "tub", along with the separate instrument panel with decal (all pieces naturally best painted before starting the assembly process). This is followed by gluing the fuselage halves together.
Now the wings are glued together but before you do, be sure to drill out the holes if you want to add the external bazooka tubes and/or bombs. The next step has you paint the engine glue the separate underside piece and tube for the prop shaft to it. Once that is complete then glue the engine inside the already-painted cowl. Now you create the airframe by gluing the wings, stabs, cowl and upper antenna (but best left off until after painting and decaling) to the fuselage.
The next three steps have you assemble the belly fuel tank together along with the main landing gear prior to adding them to the model's underside, followed by adding the one-piece canopy. The other additions to the underside include the bazooka tubes, bombs and the tail wheel-well along with the tail wheel.
The final construction step has you glue the one-piece prop to the model, and be aware Platz/Eduard provide three different props, so choose the correct one accordingly.
The Platz/Eduard 1/144 P-47D Bubbletop is the best model in this scale. Platz does a remarkable job with their models and this one definitely shows how nice their kits are. Add Eduard's masks and decals - along with their separate photoetch set - and you truly have a superlative Jug in 1/144.
Many thanks to Eduard for the review sample.