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sean

Heller P-47 Thunderbolt 1o GAVCA

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(1st Fighter Group/1º Grupo de Aviação de Caça) P-47 Thunderbolt.

On September 19, 1944 the 1oGAVCA left for Italy, arriving at Livorno on October 6. It became part of the 350th Fighter Group, which in turn was part of the 62nd Fighter Wing, XXII Tactical Air Command, of the 12th Air Force.

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The 1oGAVCA started its fighting career as a fighter-bomber unit, its missions being
in support of the US Fifth Army, to which the FEB was attached.

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In all, the 1oGAVCA flew a total of 445 missions, 2,550 individual sorties, and 5,465 combat flight hours, from 11 November 1944 to 6 May 1945. The XXII Tactical Air Command acknowledged the efficiency of the Group by noting that although it flew only 5% of the total of missions carried out by all squadrons under its control, it accomplished a much higher percentage of the total destruction wrought:

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As usual, brush painted using Humbrol enamels and using ABT Decals.No 46.
Although the decals were a bit old, they were a joy to use. Painted the rudder
instead of using the decals, as I thought the colours were a bit dull. A slight
touch up needed I think.
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Bombs and bazooka tube came from the spares,( Academy I think). Propeller had to be
re-positioned and the undercarriage legs came from a Mustang as the Heller ones broke
off from the sprue.
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Gas tank to be added later, nothing in the spares box at this time.

Cheers,

Sean

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Nice job on a scheme you don't see very often, although with Italeri's new 1/48th Jug having a Brazilian option (fnarr fnarr) we might see some more.

Pete

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Have not seen these markings before. It seems that the port side strut is a tad askew but it could just be an angle thing.

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