Trumpeter 1/32 P-47D Thunderbolt – Matt McDougall – Austin, Texas

This is my 1/32 Trumpeter P-47 done up as a French P-47D-27 serving with GC I/5 “Champagne” in the south of France in 1945. I was considering doing a completely different French P-47 when I discovered this one, fell in love, and had custom paint masks cut by Scale Precision Masks.

The cockpit was embellished with Eduard PE, a Master Details resin Mk.VIII gunsight and some scratch wiring.

Overall, the construction on this thing was a downright pain. Trumpeter was very ambitious with this kit, but the engineering tolerances just couldn’t keep pace. The gun access doors fit poorly. The tail and fuselage spine fit poorly. The engine-to-fuselage connections are flimsy and in my opinion overengineered.

Before painting could being, a lot of filling and sanding had to happen, rivets had to be toned down and replaced, and so on. I also opted not to use the Master .50 caliber blast tubes I’d picked up, since they required installation before the wings were fully closed. Next time I’ll use the Hasegawa brass set.

The paints were Gunze all the way, over a black base. Built-in shading, basically! After the camo, paint masks and a few stencils were applied, the Jug was subjected to salt fading, oil dotting and a Flory wash before getting a final dead flat coat courtesy of Alclad Klear Kote Flat.

During the build, I was constantly griping about the lack of good P-47 wheels. The kit parts are a travesty, accuracy wise, and the resin options at the time were either skinny or not even round. Fortunately the Barracuda wheels were released just as I was getting to the point of needing to fit the wheels. The timing could not have worked out better.

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