Zotz Decals | 32-012: 1/32 P-47N Thunderbolts
Reviewed by Randy Bumgardner
Recently, Eli Raphael of Zotz Decals reprinted the P-47N decal sets. These decals correct the flaws in the decals supplied in the Trumpeter P-47N. The first round was very popular, so (by popular demand) the P-47N decals ride again.
One of the options in the Trumpeter kit is, of course, "2 Big And Too Heavy/Short Snorter". All of that artwork is a natural for a set of decals for the P-47N. Unfortunately, Trumpeter misspelled "Short Snorter" - and it's gaff that is really too big to plaster on the side of a P-47. Well, it's one of the options on this sheet, along with it's squadron mate, "ICKY and ME" and another colorful late-war Jug "Chautaugua" from the 463rd FS, 507th FG, also on Ie Shima. The formal breakdown is as follows:
- P-47N-1-RE, 44-88043, "2 Big And Too Heavy/Short Snorter", 333rd FS, 318th FG, Ie Shima, April 1945, Lt. Joe Heffernan.
- P-47N-2-RE, serial unknown, "Chautaugua", 463rd FS, 507th FG, Ie Shima, April 1945, Lt. Schmidt.
- P-47N-1-RE, serial unknown, "ICKY and ME", 333rd FS, 318th FG, Ie Shima, July 1945, Lt. Jack Payne.
The nose art is fantastic on these aircraft. The colors turned out very nice. If you are familiar with Zotz' previous decals, then you know the art work is great. If you're not familiar with the decals Zotz produces, then you certainly should take a good look.
The decals are in excellent registration, with great colors. A minimal amount of carrier film is present around the decals, so they should just disappear into the clear coat. In addition to the main markings, a full set of stencils is provided for the aircraft. There are a lot of stencils, so plan on applying the decals over the period of a few days.
If you have the big Trumpeter P-47N, then these decal are just the ticket to use if you're looking for "2 Big And Too Heavy". If your looking for something else, then the other two options are worth choosing.
Review sample courtesy of Zotz Decals.
© Randy Bumgardner 2009
This review was published on Saturday, July 02 2011; Last modified on Wednesday, May 18 2016