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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Scale 1:24
Author: John Griffin
File Size: 30.6Mb
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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
346th FS/350th FG
Pilot: Maj. Charles E. Gilbert II
Corsica 1944
Included in the model is pilot figure in 1:24 scale

Price $15.00

Model # 034

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
348th FS/350th FG
Pilot: Lt. Raymond L. Knight
Pisa, Italy Spring 1945
Included in the model is pilot figure in 1:24 scale

Price $15.00

Model # 035
Buy Torrid Tessie and Oh Johnnie together

Registered owners of P-47 Torrid Tessie will receive $5 refund when they purchase the OD version.
Price $25.00
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Price $40.00

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Technical data:
  Length 36ft 1in    
  Span 40ft 9in    
  Engine Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59, 2535hp
  Max Speed 426mph    
  Armament 8 x 0.5in
  Crew 1    
     As the war raged in Europe and Nazis seemed unstoppable, a very different type of single-engined fighter took to the skies for the first time.  By the fighter standards of the day this plane was simply enormous weighting close to 9 tons.  For comparison, Spitfire weighted mere 3.5 tons.... This fighter was the XP-47B, prototype of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of which a total of 15683 units would eventually be built. Thanks to war experience, this aircraft was equipped with a 2000hp radial R-2800 engine, a supercharger and eight 0.5cal machine-guns. The XP-47B was to reach 633km/h and in January 1942, just after the USA went to war, the production of P-47B began. It was followed by the P-47C that incorporated various improvements and, from April 1943, by the
P-47D, the most numerically built version. The P-47D was equipped with an R-2800-59 engine, which could develop up to 2300hp with combat emergency water injection system engaged. The ducts that were passing on the sides and below the cockpit to connect the supercharger placed behind the pilot's seat gave to this plane its massive aspect. Many sub-types of the P-47D, designated D-1 to D-40, were produced but the first versions were called "Razorback" because of their sharp edge dorsal fin. The D-25 sub-type, which was introduced around June 1944, was fitted with an electrically actuated bubble canopy in order to improve pilot visibility and increased capacity fuel tanks. This decision resulted in a completely remodeled plane shape. All subsequent sub-types were also fitted with the bubble canopy and became a characteristic feature of late production Thunderbolts. The P-47 "Bubbletop" proved to be an excellent, well-balanced fighter-bomber.

Model built and photographed by the author, used with permission.


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