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March 04, 2012
Jim Whitbread builds the latest boxing of the Hasegawa 1:32 bubbletop. Tarheel Hal.
December 05, 2011
Nigel Julian takes a look at the first two releases from Thundercals. Both feature P-47 razorbacks which operated in the P.T.O.
October 03, 2011
Nigel Julian built Tamiya's motorised P-47 as "Miss Fire / Rozzie Geth II" as flown by Fred Christensen, 62nd FS 56th FG. Boxted July 1944. Nigel used Zotz decals for the artwork and Miracle Masks for insignia and code letters. The kit is otherwise straight from the box except for the addition of Eduard seatbelts. Visit 56th Fighter Group In WW2 for full details of the unit, its members and aircraft.
July 08, 2011
The Master Details Horizontal stabilisers and elevator assemblies upgrade for the 1:32 Hasegawa Thunderbolts arrived at P-47 Heaven HQ today and went straight to the review bench.
June 23, 2011
Master Details is proud to announce the launch of our newest model detail kit. a P-47D Thunderbolt Horizontal Stabilizer and Elevator Assemblies set for the Hasegawa 1/32nd P-47D Thunderbolt kit.
March 12, 2011
Fred Cressey has sent us some great pictures of his cutaway build of the 1:32 Trumpeter Razorback
February 23, 2011
Czech manufacturers Sword Models are showing a 1:72nd P-47N in their new releases. Artwork on the Sword website features "Chautauqua", 463rdFS 507thFG.
Probably the most widely available footage featuring P-47's is William Wylers "Thunderbolt" which tells the story of the 57thFG operating from Corsica. Rising Decals have produced two sheets of these colourfull aircraft. One in 1:72nd and one in 1:48th
January 29, 2011
Aeroscale newshound Tim Hatton brings us news of 2 1:48th Jug decal sheets from Bombshell Decals. [img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/21040/48-BS-0012-2-large1.jpg[/img]
January 14, 2011
Mike West of Lone Star Models has announced the release of an early "Flat Keel" and 200gal Ferry Tank. They are designed for the 1:48th Tamiya Razorback and will go very nicely with the Loon Models "C" or "Early D" cowlings. [img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/20616/001-11.jpg[/img] [img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/20616/002-4.jpg[/img] Although only used for a brief period during July/August 1943 and not very successfull, the 200 gallon "bathtub" tank nevertheless represented a great leap forward in extending the range of the P-47. By September of that year it had been replaced by the 75 Gallon belly tank which had the advantage of being pressurised and enabling fuel to be drawn from it at high altitude. Lone Star Models website and contact details can be found
November 21, 2010
[img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/20616/FEATURE_HEADER.jpg[/img]Andy Brazier (Betheyn) and Andy Langridge,(Bigskip) managed to take time out from shopping for bargains at Scale Model World Telford 2010 to send in a selection of photographs depicting many of the P-47 Thunderbolts spotted both in the competition and displayed on the various club stands around the halls. Thanks guys!
September 29, 2010
[img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/20616/Header94.jpg[/img] Peter Wilkinson joins the ranks of P-47 contributors with this fabulous double build of 78th FG Bubbletops.
July 31, 2010
Eli Raphael at Zotz decals has released no less than 6 sets of P-47 decals in both 1:48th and 1:32 scale.
July 07, 2010
Frederick Boucher (JPTRR) builds Academys P-47N. [img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/21040/acd_p-47n_box_1_.jpg[/img]
July 02, 2010
Tim Hatton brings us news of a 1:72nd decal sheet from FCM packed full of Brazilian P-47s.
June 26, 2010
Andy Brazier brings us details of a limited edition 1:48th release from Academy of "Gabby" Gabreski's D-25 which comes complete with a resin pilot figure.
June 07, 2010
[img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/20616/Main6.JPG[/img] John Stournaras has sent us a set of photos of his superb rendition of Steve Pisanos's "Miss Plainfield" of the 4th Fighter Group.
May 27, 2010
[img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/21040/10109827.jpg[/img] Continuing Hasegawas policy of releasing its more popular kits with different decal options is the 5th version of its 1:32nd scale Thunderbolt. This version is the "Nose Art" release and the two decal options feature 9th Air Force aircraft. "Jeanie" of the 23rd Fighter Group and "Duck Butt" of the 367th.
May 20, 2010
Jean-Luc Formery takes a look at a new release from Super Scale International which features 3 Razorbacks from the 58th FG.
May 01, 2010
The latest decal sheets announced by Superscale include three P-47 sheets. [img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/20616/03298.jpg[/img]
April 30, 2010
Nigel Julian takes a look at Pt 3 of the Barracudcals Thunderbolt series. [img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/20616/scan000110.jpg[/img]
April 29, 2010
Roy Sutherland has announced a one week only sale at Barracudacals which will delight P-47 fans. [img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/20616/scan000110.jpg[/img]
April 24, 2010
[img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/20616/IMG_5049_-_Copy.JPG[/img] In May 1944 war weary P-47s from the 56th FG were transferred to the newly formed 5th Emergency Rescue Service. Nigel Julians build feature includes background information on the 5th ERS along with a selection of photos of the model.
March 24, 2010
For too long now the most famous P-47 fighter group has been without a dedicated website. This has all changed with the launch today of a new site dedicted to the 56th Fighter Group The site contains a full roster of 56th FG personnel, a complete mission list, video interviews with 56th FG members, Memorial photos, Then/Now comparison photographs and much more.
March 22, 2010
[img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/20616/dottie_0006_-_Copy_2_.jpg[/img] Samantha Scoles (Camogirl) shows that that the ladies can build great P-47's too!
February 02, 2010
Tom Black (Luthier Tom) has sent us a great set of photos of his double build of Col Morton Magoffin's "Carol Ann II" The 1:48th model was built as a surprise gift for Col Magoffins nephew.
January 01, 2010
Heres your chance to vote on the theme of the 2010 P-47 SIG Group Build. Categories Are.. [b] Razorbacks[/b] From the P-47B to the D-23 production batch. [b]Bubbletops[/b] P-47D-25 onwards. [b]Pacific Thunder [/b] Thunderbolts in the Pacific and Asian Theatre of Operations. [b]Mediterranean Cruising[/b] P-47s in the Mediterranean Theatre [b]56th FG Zemkes Wolfpack[/b] The Number One Fighter Group Of WW2 [b] Home Front[/b] Post War P-47's of the American National Guard [b] Dressed To Kill[/b] Any Theatre, any production model but no Olive Drab/Neutral Grey paint schemes. Voting will run until the end of February and the campaign with most votes will be the 2010 P-47 SIG Group Build. Nige
November 10, 2009
A look at the first 1:24th scale release from Zotz Decals [img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/21040/05242.jpg[/img]
Thunderbolts were well represented at SMW Telford again this year. Andy Langridge and Allen Berry were there and have sent in some great photos.
September 17, 2009
Nigel Julians build of the Tamiya P-47M. [img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/21040/Title43.jpg[/img] I hope it brings back some happy memories Russ :)
June 07, 2009
Kora Models have released a Doublebolt conversion set.
May 22, 2009
[img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/23296/header92.jpg[/img] Andrew Beard has sent us some great photos of his Cave Tonitrum entry. Its 42-76591, a D-20-RE. Coded 2Z-B it was the personal aircraft of Howard Price, 510th FS of the 405th FG. The kit is the Tamiya Razorback and Andrew used Eagle Strike decal set 48054 "American Jabos Pt4".
May 06, 2009
"Fireball", the 1:6th scale radio controlled P-47M built by Dave Gianakos and Bob Frey, was presented to the Valiant Air Command Museum in Titusville, Florida recently. [img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/21040/fireball_7.jpg[/img]
May 04, 2009
AZ Models have a 1:72nd P-47B on their up and coming release list for 2009.
April 08, 2009
[img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/24375/header91.jpg[/img] Chris Fleet (Inverted) has sent us set of photos of his recent 78th Fighter Group P-47D-25.
February 14, 2009
[img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/23935/main_photo1.jpg[/img] New member Paddy Barratt has sent us a very informative article with a series of photos showing how he fitted the Aires Cockpit, Engine, and Gun Bays into his Hasegawa P-47D. He finished the model in the famous "Hairless Joe" scheme of Dave Schilling, 56th Fighter Group.
January 24, 2009
Julien Gossweiler ( ponch17) has sent us some great photos of his 1:32 Hasegawa P-47D. [img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/23823/new_header.jpg[/img]
January 19, 2009
Over 80 photographs of The Fighter Collections P-47G can now be found in the reference section. [url=http://gallery.kitmaker.net/showgallery.php/cat/23797][img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/23797/View1.JPG[/img][/url] Click on the photo for a direct link
January 12, 2009
Nigel Julian takes a look at MDC''s Republic P-47D cockpit set, designed for the 1:32 scale Hasegawa kits.
December 28, 2008
[img]http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/23501/IMG_29275.JPG[/img] Nigel Julian tells the story of a tragic incident that inspired a presentation build for the 56th Fighter Group section of the Halesworth Airfield Museum. Link to Item If you have comments or questions please post them here. Thanks!
December 12, 2008
Aeroscales P-47 SIG is proud to present Jean Luc Formerys build which featured in the March/April 2008 edition of Tamiya France Magazine
November 25, 2008
[Michael Wolfes 56th Fighter Group diorama is the subject of the latest On Display feature over on the P-47 SIG website.
November 16, 2008
Scale Model World 2008, the biggest model show in the UK took place over the weekend of 15/16th November. Thunderbolts were well represented and many of them can be seen in this photo feature.
October 31, 2008
Dave Gianakos of Denver Colorado has submitted a feature article describing four of his excellent 1:6th scale radio controlled Thunderbolts. Each of them is a replica of a 56th FG P-47, and he's even flown one of them from its wartime base at Boxted!