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Tamiya's 1/72 scale P-47 Razorback
Student Driver Jug

by Valentin E. Bueno


Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback


Tamiya's 1/72 scale P-47D Razorback is available online from Squadron 



You have got to be kidding me! A P-47 painted in red and white stripes!? It looks like a fighter plane wearing a circus tent!

As usual, I tend to find the weird paint schemes for my models. When I built Tamiya’s 1/72 scale Mosquito, I painted it in an overall aluminum dope finish and Tamiya’s Bf-109E was painted in red and white Swiss markings. Thus to uphold my convention of unconventional paint schemes, I knew I had to do Tamiya’s new 1/72-scale P-47 Razorback in something spectacular. Lucky for me I have the Aero Detail book on the P-47 and it contained a B/W drawing of a P-47 painted in a red and white striped scheme that was used for training pilots how to taxi these great big beasts. Famous Aircraft of the World Volume #37 on the P-47 had a color rendition of those drawings and this got my dander up. I also found a picture in Squadron’s P-47 Walkaround where a worn out P-47C that was relegated to taxi training. The cowl, rudder, and wingtips were painted with alternating dark and light strips with the words “This airplane for taxiing instruction only” handwritten on the sides.



I liked the all over striped aircraft better so I felt had to do that version!

So I did.





The model was built straight out of the box.

The shrouds ahead of the exhaust outlets near the cowl were molded to follow the draft of the molds, thus they are not aligned perpendicular to the fuselage. I considered that a minor gaff and ignored it.



The misalignment of the ribbing detail in the wheel wells was likewise ignored. I did add a strip of plastic strip to prevent a see through effect through the intercooler exhausts on the rear fuselage.



Painting and Markings


After getting the entire airframe assembled, I sprayed the model with Tamiya Gloss white in a patchy sort of way allowing some areas to be darker than others.

After allowing this to dry hard for a week, I brushed off all the dust and started masking off the areas to remain white. I ended up cutting Tamiya’s thinnest width tape in half and used this to mask off the white areas. The upper wings received large stripes while the undersides were solid red. Tamiya Acrylic Red was misted on in several thin coats.



After removing the tape and other masking, I had in my hands a red and white bird. Cool. I lightly sanded down the paint ridges resulting from the masking. This allowed a little red “sanding dust” to make its way into the recessed panel lines accenting them nicely.

Welcome to Decal Hell...

After allowing this to set for a week (actually I was to busy at work to do any model building for a week), I added some Superscale Stars and Bars. The red and stripes showed through the large insignia decals on the upper wing so I added a second decal on top of the fully dry first decal. This made the underlying strips less visible. The fuselage decals are only one decal thick. I ran out of insignia of that particular size. I swiped the nose art from a Wingmasters P-40B decal sheet (free with subscription). I just felt like adding some color to the model…..okay, I wanted to add a different color to the model. A coat of future was brushed on to seal all the decals and to protect the paint from my grubby paws. A sludge wash from a bottle of filthy thinner was applied to all the panel lines to darken them. A final filter of Windsor & Newton white oil paint thinned with Duro brand Durotine was added to dull the color down a bit and make the paint look sun faded. For some inexplicable reason, I wanted the cowl to remain bright and un-faded, so no white wash was added to the cowl. It makes for a very interesting comparison.

Finishing with Flying Colors...

After all the painting was finished, the last tidbits were added to the model.



The canopy was installed in the closed position after adding the seat, control column, gun sight and armored glass into the cockpit. The canopy frames were touched with red paint free hand (that’s why they are so crooked) and that was that. I had always wanted to do an Fw 190D-9 with the white and red undersides but never got around to it. Now this model has satisfied that urge and allowed me to do it with a new kit from Tamiya.

Now what to paint the Tamiya’s 1/72nd scale P-47D Bubble top when it arrives on my doorstep?




Additional Images


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Modelling the P-47 Thunderbolt
Osprey Modelling 11

Author: Brett Green
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UK Price: £12.99
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publish Date:
 July 25, 2004
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841767956
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Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2004 by Valentin E. Bueno
Page Created 02 October, 2004
Last Updated 03 October, 2004

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