Tamiya 1/48 P-47D - by Dave Askett

Tamiya's P-47 kits in 1/48 scale are probably the most enjoyable model kits to put together that I've run into. And, with so many interesting Thunderbolt subjects to choose from, it seems I'm always finding an excuse to do another one!

This is a model of "Dallas Blonde", a P-47D-16-RE of the 319th FS, 325th FG, 15th AF, as it appeared when it was based at Lesina, Italy, early in 1944. The pilot was Lt. Don Kearns.

With the exception of the P-38 style drop tanks found in my spare parts bin (from an Academy Lightning, I believe), the model was built straight-from-the-box. It was finished with custom-mixed Testors Acryl paints, and the decals came from BarracudaCals sheet 48-001 "P-47 Thunderbolts - Part 1".

When the model was finished back in 2008, it was the first time I'd used decals from this then-new company, and they left me very impressed. The quality of the artwork and printing - particularly the nose art - is simply fabulous, and I was amazed at how well the decals conformed to the model. I remember being skeptical that the large decals provided by BarracudaCals for the checkers on the tail surfaces would snuggle down but, with just a little help from MicroSol and MicroSet, these ended up looking like they were painted on. I was worried for nothing!

Barracuda Studios products used:
BC48001 P-47 Thunderbolts - Part 1

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