- Manufacturer: Revell Monogram
- Scale: 1:48
- Aircraft: Republic P-47D-20 Thunderbolt
- Markings: “The Bug” | Capt. Arlie Blood | 510th FS | 405th FG | 9th Air Force | Summer 1944
- Aftermarket: Ultracast wheels | Blast tubes and bazooka rockets lifted from Tamiya kit
If you’re looking for the best P-47 in 1/48, buy the Tamiya kit. If you want something a bit less spendy, or presenting more of a challenge to pull off, you can’t go wrong with the old Monogram kit. Simple, sturdy, it may not be as “sharp” as the Tamiya, but it gets the job done. In my opinion, Academy, Hasegawa, and the others are almost pointless buys trapped between the superior Tamiya kit and the excellent value the Monogram represents.
Detail – 3
If there’s one area where the old Monogram kit stumbles, it’s in the detail, which just isn’t anything close to more modern offerings. Short the control stick and instrument panel, the entire cockpit is a single tub. The entire engine and intake assembly the same. The blast tubes are just sticks of plastic.
Engineering – 3
There’s honestly not much “engineering” to a kit this simple, but what’s there works pretty well. There’s very little that’s confusing or sloppy.
Fit – 4
The fit is actually rather good for a kit of this vintage. The stabilizers presented some minor headaches, and the canopy was far too thick, but apart from those pitfalls, the fit is solid.
Instructions – 3
Simple, but simple is all that’s needed.
Markings – 3
The Revell decals were all over the place. Color register seemed at once too bright (blue on the stars and bars) and too dark (yellow tailcodes). The decals were thin, grippy, and did not silver, but the insignia had issues with white slivers along the borders, and the cowl flap decals were completely off-base size-wise.
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