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P-47 Thunderbolt - Hasegawa Egg Plane Series

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P-47 Egg Plane

Hasegawa - ?? Scale

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The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was the Largest heaviest, and most expensive single piston engined aircraft used in WWII.

When the airframe was combined with the massive Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, eight 50 Calibre machine guns, ammunition & fuel it weighed in at over 8 tons.

Republic designer Alexander Kartveli designed the P-47 as a successor to the P-35.......hang on do your really want to read all this for an Egg plane? These are supposed to be fun, not serious! right?

Having a bad time at the model desk? unfinished builds piling up? research on the left hand grommit for the Fairey Fluff Catcher getting you down? Advanced Modellers Syndrome (AMS) setting in?

If so then you need some FUN injecting back into your plastic modelling. Hasegawa have Eggactly the prescription for this in the form of their Egg Plane Series.

I am not sure who dreamed up the idea of the Eggplane at Hasegawa, or how they had the courage to present it to the company. However I suspect that Hasegawa have ended up selling quite a few of these models over the years. Who would have thought aircraft models basically modelled after an egg would do so well.

The Kit
The kit comes on two small sprues of grey plastic, and one small clear sprue for the canopy.

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Parts are well moulded with only a trace of flash here and there. Construction is fairly simple. The "cockpit" is placed inside the two fuselage half's then they are closed up. Then the engine casting is attached to the front.

Following this the one piece main wings, tail planes and engine cowling are added. Finally landing gear and underwing bombs are added.

Decals
A small but well printed decal sheet comes with the kit. This offers two choices of scheme for you Egg 47.

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1. Overall silver/BMF coded FT L. Egg craft has a yellow tail stripe and full underside invasion stripes.

2. Olive Drab over Grey scheme, number 54. This aircraft has yellow wing and tail plane stripes.

Conclusion
Want a break from modelling and a little bit of fun then you really should build one of these, if not this eggact one then Haswgawa do a whole range of these (should that be free range?).

On a more serious note (I know, sorry) these kits could be a great vehicle to introduce children to the hobby.

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Review sample courtesy of

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