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  1. I'd like to join in with this please; The Airfix P-47 is neither a new kit, nor an uncommon one, but this particular boxing took me a while to track down. I'm an Eighth Air Force nut (collecting diecast models, books, and trying to visit all of their former airfields), and when I saw that Airfix had chosen one of the Thunderbolt formation monitors as the subject, I had to have it. A random choice, especially for a starter set, but I like the look of it. Not as well known (or, indeed, as colourful) as the assembly ships, war weary P-47s were used by a number of bomb groups to help with the formation of the vast armadas of bombers in the very crowded (and often murky) skies of Norfolk and Suffolk, with the former fighters often painted in the same markings as the bombers they were assisting. Such is the case with this one, representing "Ginny", used by the 458th Bomb Group at Horsham St. Faith (now Norwich Airport). Here's the painting guide; And the kit itself. According to Scalemates, the kit originally dates from 1966, and the simplicity of it certainly suggests that. This particular boxing dates from 2009, so at least the decals are a bit newer! Not a huge amount of decals; A whole 6 steps of instructions. Not seen the space for modellers notes before. The painting guide is pretty good, but also got this as a help, which has a nice black and white photo of "Ginny"; Not sure exactly when I'll get started, as I'm currently also in two other group builds, but it's not a big kit, so I'm sure I can squeeze it onto the creation station!
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