Republic Aviation's P-47 Thunderbolt, also known as the "Jug", was the largest, heaviest, and most expensive fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single reciprocating engine. It was heavily armed with eight .50-caliber machine guns, four per wing. When fully loaded, the P-47 weighed up to eight tons. The P-47, based on the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, was very effective in high-altitude air-to-air combat and proved especially adept at ground attack.
The P-47 was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of World War II, and served with other Allied air forces such as France, the UK and the USSR. Mexican and Brazilian squadrons fighting alongside the U.S. were equipped with the P-47.
Tamiyas kits are the best there is - the model is precision fitting allowing all the sub-assembly's to be fully painted prior to complete assembly.
The undercarriage detailed with wire and aftermarket "weighted" wheels
Drop tanks and armaments
The prop and engine
Painting starts with this fantastic scheme "The Blonde Angel"
Alclad paints provide highly realistic bare metal effects
many many parts!
the decals make this project!
The invasion stripes were masked and painted with the air brush
The finished project - the plane is weathered like a highly used fighter in WWII