Trumpeter 1/32 P-47D "Razorback"

By Don Quilantan

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This is Trumpeter’s 1/32 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Razorback" fighter kit #02262. I was amazed by the level of details provided in this kit. Just about every type of ordinance that the P-47 could carry is included. There is also a choice of several complete propellers and radio antennae. This model was built to represent a P-47D-11 as flown by Francis Gabreski. The decals chosen for this build are Techmod #TCD32005A. The decals are beautifully rendered and went on without a hitch. I used the Eduard PE set # EDU32196 for the engine and Eduard #EDU32174 for the flap and aileron details. The Eduard EDU32174 PE set is designed to be used with the Hasegawa P-47D-25 but I modified it to fit the Razorback, there were no exterior PE sets available for the Trumpeter Razorback at the time of the build. Construction was very straight forward and I did not encounter any real obstacles. I highly recommend this kit to fans on the Thunderbolt.

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Dress makers pins were used for the load stabilizers.

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The blast tubes were made from aluminum tubing.

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The tail wheel gear was also made from aluminum tubing to allow it to caster.

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The cockpit interior is shown mid build. The only items added to the cockpit are Waldron's placards, decal instruments and a scratch built throttle. The glass for the rear view mirror is made from drink can aluminum

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© Don Quilantan 2008

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This article was published on Wednesday, July 20 2011; Last modified on Saturday, May 14 2016