Modelling the P-47 Thunderbolt
By Brett Green
(Osprey Publishing, Paperback, 9781841767956, 80pp.)
Publication Date: July 25, 2004
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The P-47 Thunderbolt, affectionately nicknamed the ‘Jug’, was one of the most famous fighter aircraft of World War II. Used as both a high-altitude escort fighter and a low-level fighter-bomber, it quickly gained a reputation for being tough and resilient. Many different air forces operated this plane, and it sported a wide range of camouflage schemes, finishes and markings, including stunning nose art. Modellers have been well served with Thunderbolt kits over the years, right up to the latest highly accurate releases. This book takes a step-by-step approach to modelling a wide variety of P-47 types in 1/48-scale, from ‘Razorbacks’ in USAAF colours to RAF T-bolts in the Far East. It provides expert advice on conversions (including a Bubbletop to a P-47M), adding aftermarket items, detailing, and ways to achieve top quality weathering and finishes.
Brett Green is the editor of HyperScale (www.hyperscale.com), an online model magazine established in 1998, and a highly respected aviation modeller. He has published two books on the colours and markings of Luftwaffe aircraft: Augsburg’s Last Eagles, on the late-war Messerschmitt Bf 109, and Stormbird Colors on the Me 262, and for Osprey Publishing has written Modelling 2: Modelling the Bf 110 in 1/48 scale and co-written US Army Fighter Modeling in the Masterclass series. Brett lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.