Alfa Model P-47D Thunderbolt / Razorback
This scale model depicts the Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, a WW2 fighter. The actual aeroplane was created according to the specification issued by the USAAC technical command, using the lessons learned during the first period of the WW2. The semi-finished XP-44 lightly armed, lightly armoured interceptor project was soon completely rebuilt to the XP-47B. The new machine, powered by the eighteen-cylinder double row Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial, with a turbo-supercharger, had, despite its weight around 6 tonne, became an excellent, yet heaviest single-engine fighter of the WW2.
Its prototype took to air for the first time on May 6th, 1941. It joined the combat over Europe in spring 1943. It was the first US-built fighter that provided USAAF with a degree of superiority over the enemy fighters. It bore the brunt of the most difficult period of air offensive against Nazi Germany and imperial Japan. Its significant feature was the measure of protection it provided to its pilots. It was apparently the safest fighter of the period. Due to its aerodynamic finesse, weight and sturdiness the P-47 could follow enemy into any dive he could muster, or, vice versa, use its superior diving speed to evade enemy attack. Besides that it provided an extreme measure of protection in dangerous strafing attacks as well as in an eventual crash landing.
The P-47 Thunderbolts were series-produced in the B to N versions. The D-25 was its first variant with a full-vision bubble canopy. The M version was the "sprint" T'bolt with max. speed over 700 km/h, the N had a new wing of greater span and more fuel for the distances of the Pacific. Altogether 15 329 of P-47's were built, 12 600 of that number of the D variant. Their pilots flew 546 000 missions, destroying over 7 000 aircraft, 9 000 steam engines and 6 000 vehicles.
The most successful P-47 Thunderbolt unit was the 56th Fighter Group of the 8th Air Force, USAAF, that destroyed 1006 aircraft with 128 losses to their own numbers. The Thunderbolts served, besides the USA, in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Turkey, UK and the USSR.
The model kit you have bought has several noteworthy features:
The supplied set of decals enables you to build model of P-47 of Maj. William Dunham, 348th Fighter Group, Leyte, Philippines, December 1944
The model is not suited for complete beginners, but its control with ailerons and elevator would not bring problems to any modeller experienced enough with elevator/rudder control models, e.g. slow-flyers. The flight qualities and performance of this scale model of the P-47D Thunderbolt are close to that of much larger models, i.e. they are more docile, and provide fine as well as colourful experience in the air.
|Part #||Description||Price (RRP)|
|AM0212||Alfa Model P-47D Thunderbolt / Razorback Scale Airplane||£102.49|
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