Roll OutP-47D Bubble Top Thunderbolt
is a new release from Platz
of their 1/144 P-47D. This release, item PDR-3
, features a Cartograf decal sheet loaded with four colorful Jugs.
Two P-47 models are in each box.
Those of you interested in everything P-47 should consult the Thunderbolt Research Centre
, linked through the summary box, below.
Thirty-five gray parts and three clear parts make up this model. Molding is crisp with engraved structural lines. I spotted no sink holes, visible ejector circles, noticeable seam lines, and only a hint of flash. The attachment points for the sprues are small although they overlie the gluing surface of the lower wings. Parts makeup is conventional.
Three parts build the mainplane - one-piece bottom wing and fuselage, left and right top wings. Fine machine gun blast tubes are molded on as well as a pitot tube. The horizontal stabilizers are a left and right single piece.
Finally, the canopy is molded closed, as a single part.
includes a basic cockpit with a seat and a clear plastic undetailed instrument panel which fit into a tub molded into each fuselage half. Add those items, mate the fuselage halves together, add the radio mast, and you are done.
A modeler can choose between an early bubble top or the latter models with the extended vertical stabilizer spine.
The R-2800 is a chunky piece that captures that big radial. Platz
made a separate piece to fit inside the cowl for intake ducting.
Each main gear assembly consists of the strut with the lower gear cover, a separate strut cover, and a wheel. Separate wheel covers are provided. None of the gear doors have interior detail. The main gear wells have structural detail molded into the wing interior. The tail wheel is a strut and wheel that fits into a box with each door molded on.
Weapon detail includes a bomb and pylon, or a cluster of bazookas for each wing. You must decide prior to mating the wing halves as to which holes to open up for which payload. A two-piece 150 gallon "slipper" belly tank is provided.
There were many versions of the P-47D and those Jugs charged forward behind four types of propellers. Platz
includes three of them:
* 12-foot Curtiss "Toothpick" with thin tapered blades and the standard Curtiss pointed propeller boss
* 13-foot Curtiss "paddle blade"
* 13-foot Hamilton propeller
I am perplexed by the clear instrument panel. One would think that means a decal is printed for the instruments. Let's see if there is one.
Instructions, Decals, Paint
First, there is no instrument panel decal. What there is is a Cartograf decal sheet with two sets of basic markings for any P-47D:
"Stars and bars" national insignia
Warning marking for the flaps
Propeller markings for Curtiss and Hamilton
Anti-glare panels from cowl lip to tail
Machine gun sequence
Personal markings for four colorful Jugs are provided:
C4*T, 388FS, 365FG, 1945
"Miss Ann", No.60, 315FS, 324FG, 1945
AJ*D, 356FS, 354FG, 1945
"BALLS OUT", G9*L, Captain Milt Thompson, 509FS, 405th FG, 1945
For those of you who haven't used Cartograf decals, they are some of the best. They are thin, settle well, have little excess carrier film, and have accurate colors.
The instruction sheet is a folded single sheet, printed in Japanese and English. Six panels lead the modelers through the assembly, decaling and painting process. It is clear line art with some shaded items.
The other side features the four specific aircraft - and the generic one - in full color. It details the colors and markings.
Paint brands referenced are GCI/Mr. Color, and Model Masters.
new P-47D Bubble Top Thunderbolt
is an exciting pair of kits for 1/144 modelers. It features crisp molding with engraved structural lines. Four decal options by Cartograf are included, including canopy framing.
I find it odd that Platz
molded the instrument panel in clear plastic and yet provides no instrument panel decal.
P-47 should be welcome by the 1/144 community. Recommended.