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P-47D Thunderbolt “Bubbletops”
  • EC104_Colour

by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]


Originally published on:
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EagleCals EC#104 consists of two sheets of decals which are beautifully printed in excellent register. The items are thin and glossy with crystal-clear carrier film. Sheet #1 comprises the personal insignia for the featured aircraft, while Sheet #2 contains a full set of national insignia and a comprehensive set of stencils.

Markings are provided for three spectacular schemes:

1. P-47D-28-RE, s/n 44-199965, B8*C "Chief Seattle" flown by Lt. Joseph Murphy, 362nd FG.
2. P-47D-30-RA, s/n 44-32773, 4P*S "Big Ass Bird II" flown by Maj. Howard Parks, 406th FG.
3. P-37D-30-RE, s/n 44-20344, #54, "Norma/Little Bunny/Helen shared by Lts. William Lyke and Brad Muhl.

What always makes EagleCals stand out from the crowd is the quality of their research and sheet #104 is no exception, with each colour-scheme backed up by comprehensive notes and a separate sheet with photo references including rare WW2 colour shots of two of the aircraft and a description by Lt. Murphy of a mission in Chief Seattle.

The schemes chosen offer plenty of variety, with the first two in a classic n/m finish with highly flamboyant personal markings, while the third represents an entirely different painting challenge, being an ex-Brazilian AF aircraft wearing weathered Olive Drab camouflage overpainted in places with RAF Dark Green.

EagleCals #104 is available in the following scales:

EC#104-32 $14.50
EC#104-48 $12.50
EC#104-72 $10.00


Conclusion
Whichever scale you're working in, EagleCals latest P-47D decals are highly recommended for anyone looking for top-quality replacements for the original kit decals.

Contact details
Eagle Editions Ltd.
P.O. Box 580
Hamilton MT
59840 USA

(406) 363-5415

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SUMMARY
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Verdict: Beautifully produced decals, backed up by extensive reference notes.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: EC#104
  Suggested Retail: See text
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  PUBLISHED: Aug 26, 2007
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.59%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.85%

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
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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...

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Comments

These, as always, look good. I just happen to have a 1/32 bubbletop and want to make a really colorful "Big Ass Bird".
AUG 26, 2007 - 12:16 PM
Looks like Im going to be ordering some more Alclad. Chief Seattle looks like an ideal decal scheme for my planned entry into the "big" scale:) Nige
SEP 11, 2007 - 05:49 PM
Yes Nigel I had the same in mind, so my finger is/was right over the orderbutton. If I´m going for a third It will be from this decals Lars Q
SEP 13, 2007 - 10:03 AM
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