The Thunderbolt never went on to enjoy a long Post War USAAF/USAF career to the same extent as the Mustang; something that’s always seemed puzzling as many commentators have noted that it would have been better suited to the fighting in the Korean War. But the P-47 did see service with a number of Air National Guard units, and it is to these that Iliad have turned for their latest 1:48 decals, offering a trio of “Jugs” that make a very attractive change from the usual WW2 subjects.
The decals themselves are quite superbly printed, being beautifully thin and glossy, with perfect registration on the sample sheet. The colours look very accurate and appear nicely opaque on the sheet.
The subjects covered are:
1. P-47N, s/n 489337, 198th FS, Puerto Rico Air National Guard, 1947
2. P-47N, s/n 488854, 199th FS, Hawaii Air National Guard, 1947
3. P-47D, s/n 433851, 104th FS, Maryland Air National Guard, 1946
Iliad provide high quality instructions, printed in full colour on both sides of an A-4 sheet. Very good profile artwork is backed up by smaller plan views, and there are even photos of some of the decals in place on Revell’s P-47N to aid positioning. There are useful explanatory notes describing each scheme and any unusual points - e.g. the remnants of previous markings (which are also supplied on the sheet).
If you’re looking for a spectacular and unusual P-47 that’s sure to raise a few questions at shows and club meetings, these ANG schemes could be just the ticket, as the ‘Ns both sport really flamboyant unit insignia. Highly recommended.
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Highs: Attractive and unusual subjects. Superb quality decals. Excellent instructions.Lows: None that I've noted.Verdict: This is a great set of decals for anyone looking to build a Jug that'll stand out from the crowd of usual schemes.
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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin) FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM
I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...