Academy's 1/48 scale
by Tymon Galewski
1/48 scale P-47N is available online from
The P-47 Thunderbolt was the heaviest and biggest single seater
fighter fighter aircraft of WWII.
My favorite version of P-47 is the N. This was the final production
variant of the Thunderbolt with extra Fuel tanks in wings between
landing gear and fuselage. This variant could operate continuously for
over 10 hours which allowed the P-47N to travel to Japan from Iwo-Jima,
drop her deadly cargo, fight in air with Japanese fighters, and go back
home. The auto pilot of the N version was advanced enough to allow its
pilot to sleep during the transit flight over an ocean!
My model represents a P-47N of 463rd Fighter Sqadron, 507th Fighter
Group, operating from le Shima island in 1945. The yellow tail with blue
triangles is a group identification.
The plane is equipped for a long range assault mission with 2x165 US
gal. (625l) + 1x75 US gal. (414l) drop tanks and 10 HVAR 127mm “Holy
I recently built two P-47s in 1/48 scale from Academy, straight out
of the box.
The more recent P-47 models from Tamiya outclassed the older Academy
kits but… If you want to have N (latest-long range) version of
Thunderbolt old kit is still worth building as it is currently the only
1/48 scale offering on the market.
First of all fuselage and wings look very good. Panel lines are very
good, and the fit is to Hasegawa standard. The poorest part of the model
is its interior.
There are a huge amount of US weapons in the kit including Bazookas and
the wheels (for N version only) have realistic flattening.
The finishes proposed by Academy are very interesting. There are two
special boxes witch P-47 from Academy with great decals. One is P-47N
“Expected Goose” (my model) and the other is P-47D “Big Ass Bird”.
The decals from Academy are nicely printed (good detail), colors are
okay, they work great with Model Master Setter and Solver, so why not
them? Because they are Very, very thick!! I decided to cut every decal
exactly on the line of the printed color to get the thick edge of decal
foil exactly on the edge of markings. This was easy enough for the US
insignia The silhouetted lady on the nose was more difficult.
Simple isn’t it? You get great decals with your kit and you don’t
have to wait and pay for Aeromaster stuff. Build process is longer about
2 hours, and the decals look like airbrushed on the model surface.
vs. Axis Fighters
Here are two photos of the P-47 with its opponents on both air
In Europe the P-47 opposed great numbers of Messerschmitt Bf 109s. In
the picture below you can see P-47 “Eileen” of 82 FS 78 FG “the Checker
Clan” operating from Duxford, Great Britain at the end of 1944. Her
opponent is a Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10 (an old Revell) kit in markings
of the famous II/JG27 operating from Schleswig-Holstein (north-western
Germany), beginning of 1945.
The difference in size between the Bf 109 and P-47 is shocking. The
Messerschmitt looks like a different scale
The best Japanese fighter of the end of the war was the Nakajima
Ki-84 Hayate (Frank). It was called by the Japanese propaganda “The
Great East-Asian Fighter” Although it was a very large plane, it was
significantly smaller then the P-47.
|Modelling the P-47
Osprey Modelling 11
Author: Brett Green
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
July 25, 2004
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841767956
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by Tymon Galewski
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