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P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback Kit

Hobby Boss 1/72 P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback Kit First Look

By Dave Manter

Date of Review March 2013 Manufacturer Hobby Boss
Subject P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback Scale 1/72
Kit Number 80283 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Quick and easy! Cons None
Skill Level Beginner MSRP (USD) $15.99

First Look

P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback Kit
P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback Kit

The P-47 was a big and very powerful high altitude fighter, commonly called "the Jug". The project started in 1939 and deliveries started in 1942. A total of 15683 P-47's were built during the war.

Originally designed as an interceptor, the P-47 proved itself as a bomber escort and a ground attack aircraft. Its great structural strength and massive radial engine could withstand damage better than most aircraft. This aircraft was powered by a water- injected version of the R-2800 engine which gave it a top speed of 433mph at 30,000 feet. The HobbyBoss P-47D Thunderbolt kit consists of 31 styrene parts and markings for 2 aircraft. The markings are for:

  • P-47D-20RE, 361FS, 356FG, 5th Air Force
  • P-47D, Flown by William D. Dunham, Southwest Pacific, 1943

All of the parts are very well molded and there is no flash present. This is part of HobbyBoss's "easy assembly" kit line. What this means is that fewer parts are used, but without sacrificing detail. The fuselage is one piece, including the cockpit tub! But there is detail on the cockpit floor and the main control stick is also molded in place! Outstanding job by HobbyBoss!

The wings are also one piece and a quick dry fit with the fuselage shows that with just a little work, this kit can be built into a highly accurate replica.

If you haven't checked out any of HobbyBoss's "easy assembly" kits, please do so. You will be surprised!

A great kit for beginning modelers or if you are looking for a quick weekend project, highly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!