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Gary Brantley

Testors (ex-Hawk) 1/48 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

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This Republic P-47D Razorback, a 1/48 scale Testors kit (a re-pop of the very old Hawk P-47), was built many years ago. The build was inspired by one done by Dr. Paul Budzik of Francis "Gabby" Gabreskis' T-Bolt in an old Finescale Modeller magazine. I remember that his was done in 1/32 and of course, was a magnificent model. I had the old Testors kit in my stash and was motivated to try and duplicate the bigger plane as best I could. This is my humble result. I added quite a bit of detail in the cockpit, on the engine and some brake lines. Built mostly OOB, I did lower the horizontal stabilizers, open the cowl flaps and drill out the gun barrels as well. This kit had the option of building either the razorback or bubbletop version; I went with the razorback because that part seemed to fit a little better. 😉 This was also one of the first builds where I tried to modulate the paint finish a bit but it is almost unseen in the pics.  Heck, looking at them now, I can't see it!😁   I’m sure I was too timid in my efforts. The decals mark her as a 84th Fighter Squadron plane with the 78th Fighter Group, operating out of Duxford, Cambridge in 1944 flown by Major Quince Brown.  (http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/173590)

Thanks for your interest and comments! 

Gary

 

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Great effort Gary. Probably the best result I've seen for this kit but the cowling front does look strange.

As I just commented in some other post:

I purchased this kit when reissued by Italeri/Testors in the 80's. I felt some disappointment when I compared it to my (also not perfect) 1/48 Monogram models. The main parts have been used up over time for colour tests but I still own a few pieces.

Cheers, Michael

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8 minutes ago, Toryu said:

Great effort Gary. Probably the best result I've seen for this kit but the cowling front does look strange.

As I just commented in some other post:

I purchased this kit when reissued by Italeri/Testors in the 80's. I felt some disappointment when I compared it to my (also not perfect) 1/48 Monogram models. The main parts have been used up over time for colour tests but I still own a few pieces.

Cheers, Michael

 

Thanks Michael!  I appreciate your kind comments a lot. 🍺  I've also got a Monogram P-47D bubbletop in my stash and hope it will see the light of day sometimes.  What is it about the cowling face on this one that doesn't look right?  You've had me going back over the pics. 🙂   I'm not too surprised in an error, given the model and the modeler.😉  Thanks again my friend!

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Not at all your fault Gary. The cowling opening of the Hawk/Testors model is too narrow creating a strange slant upwards. Btw, the Monogram cowling opening, inconveniently, is too wide but this may be corrected by inserting a plastic strip/ring at the front and sanding it flush. Perhaps some of the more recent kits have a better nose? 🤔

Best, Michael

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Gary,

 

Thanks for showing your model.  Looks still excellent;   only that cowl........🙄

Michael is right about the front part, also when you view the side profile, you see much incorrect roundings.

 

Well it is history now, fortunately we have better ones nowadays ! 

 

Greetings,

JohnHaa

 

 

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19 minutes ago, JohnHaa said:

Gary,

 

Thanks for showing your model.  Looks still excellent;   only that cowl........🙄

Michael is right about the front part, also when you view the side profile, you see much incorrect roundings.

 

Well it is history now, fortunately we have better ones nowadays ! 

 

Greetings,

JohnHaa

 

 

 

Thanks so much John!  Much appreciated sir!! 🍻  I've read that Tamiya's P-47D was hard to beat.  Is it really the best in 1/48?

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Gary,

 

I have only build the older kits: an Otaki and two Monogram Models.  According what I read, the Tamiya Model seems one of the best.  So not a difficult choise. 

 

Greetings

JohnHaa

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Looks very much better than the one I built in 1966!

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16 minutes ago, jeaton01 said:

Looks very much better than the one I built in 1966!

 

Thanks for those kind words  John!  I'd hate to imagine what one I would've done back in '66 would look like!  Yikes!

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Very nice. I have one in the stash and hope it turns out half as nice.

 

 

 

George

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22 minutes ago, RMCS said:

Lovley 

 

Thanks RMCS! 🍺

18 minutes ago, fubar57 said:

Very nice. I have one in the stash and hope it turns out half as nice.

 

 

 

George

 

Many thanks George! 🍺   Yours will turn out great; please post it here when you're done! 😀

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56 minutes ago, Shalako said:

She's a real beauty Gary!!!👍

 

Glad you liked her Shalako!  Thanks so much for that comment! 🍺

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