Eagle Editions | EC107: 1/32 P-47D Thunderbolt
Reviewed by Mark Proulx
Eagle Editions has released their latest 1/32nd scale decal sheet timed for new Hasegawa P-47D Thunderbolt.
Two bubbletop aircraft are profiled. The first, a natural metal P-47D-27-RE from the 404th FG was flown by Major Clay Tice, Jr. Named Elsie/Lil Butch, this aircraft would display black theater ID bands and cowling, black antiglare shield edged in red and invasion stripes on the fuselage.
The next aircraft, a P-47D-28-RE was named Sigma Nu Girl. This aircraft was flown by 1st Lt. Charles Matheny, also assigned to the 404th FG. The overall colors are field applied OD over neutral gray.
The instructions provide extensive details about each aircraft and their respective histories. Details such as propeller type and dorsal fin status are clarified. All references are identified should the modeler choose to do further study. An additional insert provides a number of reference photos for the modeler to use. There is no less than six color walk around photos of Elsie. This provides a unique glimpse at a World War II aircraft as we usually are provided with B&W photos of only one side. Two photos are provided for Sigma Nu Girl. Stencil locations are all clearly identified in line profile drawings.
The decals are printed over two large pages. National insignias, including the large 50" lower wing markings and red pin striping for the antiglare shield on Elsie are included.
P-47's pilots and crews alike displayed some of the most vibrant Second World War artwork on their aircraft. I am sure these two options will prove to be popular with the P-47 enthusiast and I recommend them without reservation.
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© Mark Proulx 2007
This review was published on Saturday, July 02 2011; Last modified on Wednesday, May 18 2016