The Republic P-47D was one of the main United States fighters of World War Two and also one of the heaviest and largest.
It’s heavy armament and ability to resist battle damage and remain airworthy made it a popular and highly regarded fighter.
The P-47 was a development of the earlier P-43 fighter in which everything was made bigger and more powerful.
They began entering service in the European Theatre in 1943 and were in service in all areas of United State operation by the end of that year.
It was manufactured in two versions, the ‘Razorback’ and the ‘Bubble Top’ which, when it was introduced, gave the pilot very good visibility.
Over 15,000 P-47s were manufactured and some remain flying today as ‘warbirds’.
This model represents the Republic P-47D, 44-20116, ‘Ay Chihuahua’ (decal spelt wrongly), number 73, flown by Lieutenant Ken Lewis of the 66th FS / 57th FG. In Italy, 1943/45.
Hasegawa 1/48 kit with scratch built seat belts and old Super Scale International decals, No.48-2. Painted with Floquil Lacquer Old Silver and Model Master Red, Zinc Chromate Yellow and Olive Drab enamels. Completed by Wayne in about 2010.