Hobby Master HA8453 – 1/48 Scale P-47D Thunderbolt Diecast Model
Hobby Master HA8453 diecast model replicates in 1/48 scale the Republic Aviation P-47D Thunderbolt, s/n 42-75510, flown by Lt Col Francis Gabreski, while assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron (FS), 56th Fighter Group (FG), 8th Air Force (AF), United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Stationed at RAF Halesworth, Suffolk, England during January 1944.
Hobby Master 1/72 scale Republic Aviation P-47D Thunderbolt diecast model details
|Length||22.9 cm||9.00 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||26.0 cm||10.23 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Display stand included.
Lt. Col. Francis Gabreski
Francis Stanley “Gabby” Gabreski (1919–2002) born in Oil City, Pennsylvania to Polish migrants. The top American fighter ace in Europe during World War II, credited with 28 aerial victories and three ground victories. He became one of only seven US pilots to become an ace in two wars. Downing 6½ MiG-15s during the Korea war. With more than 26 years service Gabreski retired with the rank of colonel. After his Air Force career, Gabreski headed the state-owned Long Island Rail Road.
Gabrieli’s received his second P-47D s/n 42-75510 in December 1943 with which he scored 10 of his 28 victories. On June 27, 1944, Grabreski scored his 27th victory followed by his 28th on July 5, 1944. On July 20, 1944, Grabreski on his last mission crashed and captured. He spent the rest of the war as a POW. P-47D s/n 42-75510 was lost on August 15, 1944, while piloted by Lt. William Buttner.
The most produced variant with production starting in early 1943. Produced in a series of blocks, the first blocks were identical to the P-47Cs. Improvements introduced over time included heavier armour, a bulletproof windshield. Additional armour protection for the pilot, improvements to the engine and its subsystems. Underwing “wet” bomb racks to allow a jettisonable drop tank. A small number of -Ds had the “Malcolm hood” fitted in the field. From Block -22 aircraft a new Curtiss or Hamilton Standard propeller replaced the original narrow-chorded Curtiss propeller. The Curtiss propeller had a diameter of 3.96 m (13 ft). The Hamilton Standard had a diameter of 4.01 m (13 ft 2 in).
To give ground clearance for the larger propellers and make room for the wing-mounted machine guns, the main gear strut extended and retracted 23 cm (9 in) when retracted or lowered.
Delivery of Block -25 aircraft, the first production variant with the bubble canopy, started in May 1944. Modifications to the fuselage for the bubble canopy produced yaw instability. Block -40 variants had a dorsal fin extension that was retrofitted to earlier bubble-top aircraft. Block -40 had provision for 10, 5 in (127 mm) High velocity aircraft rockets (HVARs) and the K-14 computing gunsight.
Republic Aviation P-47 Thunderbolt
The P-47 Thunderbolt is an American fighter. Often referred to as the “Jug” by its crews. Design by Alexander Kartveli, it first flew in May 1941 and entered service in 1942 with the 56th Fighter Group. It is the largest and heaviest single piston-engine fighter in history. The P-47 proved useful as a high-altitude escort fighter, more movable and able to out-dive any fighter in Europe. The early variants lacked the low-altitude maneuverability of its German opponents and the fuel capacity for long-range escort duties. Later modifications addressed these shortcomings. Use in the fighter-bomber and ground attack roles was successful due to its robust construction and heavy armament. The P-47 remained in service with the USAAF until 1947 and the ANG until 1953. The Fairchild Republic, A-10 Thunderbolt II, is named after the P-47.
Design and development
The P-47 has all-metal construction with elliptical wings. Some of the early P-47Bs had fabric-covered tail control surfaces. Powered by the Pratt Whitney R-2800 twin-row 18-cylinder radial engine. Armament consisted of eight wing-mounted .50-caliber machine guns. In the fighter-bomber ground-attack role, it could carry five-inch rockets or a bomb load of 2,500 pounds. More than half the payload of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber.
The first Thunderbolt sent overseas arrive in England in 1942. They were P-47Cs with the 56th FG as part of the 8th Air Force. The 4th FG and the 78th FG began conversion to the P-47 in January 1943. The first combat mission took place on March 10, 1943. When the 4th FG took their aircraft on a fighter sweep over France. The first air combat took place on April 15 1943. By 1944 the Thunderbolt was flying in all USAAF Theatres of Operation except Alaska. With increases in fuel capacity, the P-47 was able to escort bombers into Germany. The P-47 stayed in service with the US Army Air Forces through 1947. The USAF from 1947 until 1949, and the Air National Guard until 1953.
P-47s served with several Allied air forces during World War II. The RAF received 240 razorback P-47Ds (designated “Thunderbolt Mark I”) and 590 bubble top P-47D (Mark IIs). Used for ground attack and bomber escort against the Japanese in Burma. Thunderbolts remained in RAF service until October 1946. The Soviet Union received its first P-47Ds in mid-1943. Less than half reached operational units and rarely saw combat. The Brazilian Air Force operated P-47Ds over northern Italy and Central Europe from November 1944 to May 1945. The Mexican Air Force operated P-47Ds as part of the U. 5th Air Force in the Philippines from March 1945 to the end of the war in the Pacific. The French Air Force operated P-47Ds from 1943. These saw action in France and Germany and the Algerian War of Independence during the 1950s.
After World War II, the Italian Air Force (AMI) received 75 P-47D delivered between 1947 and 1950. Many Latin American air forces received the P-47, some remaining in service up to the 1960s. Small numbers went to China, Cuba, Iran, Turkey and Yugoslavia.