by Brian Criner
P-47D Thunderbolt "Razorback"
1/48 scale P-47D Thunderbolt "Razorback" is available online from
This is Tamiya's 1/48 scale
P-47D Razorback. This was the model used for the Fine Scale Modeller ad
(shown in flight with a patriot motto). My friend, Stan Spooner, whose
company, Creative Pull, did the ad for Tamiya, was unable to fit
the build into his busy schedule. He asked if I would be willing to be the
first person in the area to get a Tamiya Jug and build it!
The model was to be built
out of the box with kit decals, simple enough. Problem was, the kit I got
was not in a box. It was in bubblewrap, with directions in Japanese.
The photos in the
instructions were the templates for the illustrations that eventually
became the directions. Each step in the instructions showed a partially
completed model (or the appropriate part being assembled) sprayed silver.
Well, long story short, I
was able to figure out the construction without a hitch.
Decals, though, were a
problem. I had a 5 foot by 3 foot color poster that showed the side views
of the different aircraft offered by the kit. The poster was an
enlargement (very cool by the way, although I wasn't able to keep it), so
the resolution was a bit poor. There were no number references for where
the decals were supposed to go, so out came the references for some
backup. I believe I may have missed a couple.
A funny side note to the
build. Stan was on a pretty tight schedule, and needed the model soon. I
was out building that sucker late into the evening several nights in a
row. I had just finished decaling the cowl and was admiring my handwork
when suddenly I realized I forgotten to paint in the nuetral gray on the
bottom. I had a beautiful red cowl ring, gorgeous decals on a cowl that
was completely Olive Drab. Talk about an Oh S#*t moment! Not five seconds
after I had realized my mistake, Stan called for a progress report. I must
have sounded a bit hesitant (an understatement to say the least) because
Stan suddenly got worried and said something like "You didn't screw it up
did ya?) No, no says I. It looks perfect.
As soon as I got off the
phone, I went out and made up a paper mask that would not harm the decal,
and after 30 minutes, I had the problem fixed. I called Stan back and
confessed my mistake.
I think he may have cussed
at, I don't really remember!
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