P-47D-4 ‘Miss Mutt II’

Kit: P-47D-25, backdated to P-47D-4, Miss Mutt II – Academy 1/72

as flown by lt. Col. Richard Rowland from Finschhafen in December 1943

Model by Jiri Kure

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About this model

miss mutt IIP-47 Thunderbolt as an aircraft does not need an introduction.

My kit is the 1998 Academy model of P-47D-25, backdated to P-47D-4, Miss Mutt II, as flown by lt. Col. Richard Rowland from Finschhafen in December 1943.

The kit itself is a “typical” Academy. It goes together well, features crisply engraved panel lines but perhaps, by today’s standards, lacks in detail. I added few of those to the cockpit area, the undercarriage, the wheel wells and replaced the engine with the Quickboost resin casting. The canopy is a vacu-formed substitute with an additional armoured glass sheet, the position and formation lights are scratch built. The early model 200 gallon drop tank comes from spare parts box with new bracing plates.

Painted with Gunze Aqueous paints with relatively subtle weathering, as per the photos I have seen, perhaps dating to the early days of its service in the Pacific. The decals come from the rather nice Aviprint’s P-47 part 2 set, over-coated with a layer of Polly Scale Satin Clear.

While this kit is not quite in the same league as the Tamiya’s younger offering, it can still be built into a presentable model, despite the molds being nearly two decades old.

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