Revell 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback
By Matt Bittner
In addition, this is a perfect model to give to the person just starting out in model building. They will have an excellent built P-47D in their stash and it won't take long – or a lot of money – to get there.
- Okie P-47D-6-RE, 42-74753, 1Lt Quince Brown, 75th Fighter Group (FG), 84th Fighter Squadron (FS), 8th Air Force (AF), Duxford, England, April 1944
- Pied Piper, P-47D-16-RE, 42-75885, Lt Cipipen, 58th FG, 310th FS
- The Bug, P-47D-20-RE, 42-76653, Capt Arle Blood, 450th FG, 510 FS, 9th AF
Construction starts with the cockpit. Add the control column and instrument panel to the tub, and a cockpit you have. Glue it to one of the fuselage halves, along with the separate headrest, and you're ready to glue the fuselage pieces together. Once that is finished then you glue the horizontal tail pieces on, along with the separate tail-wheel well/doors and tail wheel (although I would leave the tail wheel off until after painting).
Now's the time for your first decision. If you plan on using the rocket tubes, then you need to open up the holes in the lower wing halves. After you've made the decision and have/have not opened the holes, then glue the wing halves together then glue them to the fuselage. Now you have an almost-complete airframe.
In fact, the only upcoming step I would accomplish prior to painting is gluing on the windscreen and either gluing or tacking the canopy over the cockpit (only tack it in place if you plan on opening it up later). I would even leave off the engine and cowl until the end, especially those schemes that have you paint and/or decal the cowl a different way than the rest of the airframe.
If you're looking for either a nostalgic build – or a great introduction to scale modeling – then the Revell 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback is the kit you want. Not too difficult to assemble - with the small amount of parts - and accurate as Monogram is known for.
My thanks to Revell for sending the review Jug.