The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt is my favorite aircraft, hands down, so when I first read that Hobby Boss would be releasing a new kit into the already-crowded arena of 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolts, my ears perked up.
In my opinion, the two best 1/48 Jugs exist at opposite ends of the spectrum. At the high end, you have the Tamiya kit; a marvel of detail and engineering, and probably one of the very best kits ever released in the scale. At the other end, you have the old Monogram mold. Crude by comparison, but a fast and easy build with solid fit and a low, low price.
The way I see it, the other 1/48 P-47s – such as those from Academy and Hasegawa – exist in a murky middle ground of “why bother?”. They aren’t as good as the slightly pricier Tamiya, or as simple (or cheap) as the old Monogram.
That is the perspective I have in mind as I approach this new “Easy Assembly” P-47 from Hobby Boss. There’s little chance of it knocking the Tamiya off the throne of awesome, but could it possibly give the Revell-Monogram kit a run as the lower-tier value option?
Let’s find out.