This Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubbletop Jug" U.S. Army Air Corps aircraft model is in 1:32 scale, this spectacular model has a wingspan of 15 1/2" and is 14" in length. The P-47 Thunderbolt is the largest single-engined fighter of the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters of World War II and was manufactured by Republic Aviation.
The P-47 Thunderbolt was the product of Russian immigrant Alexander de Seversky and Georgian immigrant Alexander Kartveli, who had left their homelands to escape the Bolsheviks. The P-47s maiden flight was on May 6, 1941 and was introduced in 1942. Initial deliveries of the P-47s to the USAAF were to the 56th Fighter Group on Long Island. In 1942, P-47s prepared for combat operations in England. The first P-47 combat mission started in March 10, 1943 and the mission failed due to radio malfucntions. The P-47 gradually became the best fighter-bomber which could carry 500 pound bombs, the triple-tube M-8 4.5 inch rocket launchers and eventually HVARS.
P-47s were operated by several Allied air arms during World War II. There's a large number of surviving airframes exist in flying condition as well as in museum collections worldwide. A total of 15,686 P47s built
Working from exact aircraft blueprints, the majority of these beautiful replica models are hand sculptured by master craftsmen who use premium treated Philippine mahogany wood. Each model passes through several stages of sanding and priming before talented artists apply paint and detail. Extreme care is made to apply historically accurate aircraft markings and emblems. Before completion, each model receives several coats of clear lacquer to create not only a spectacular work of aviation art, but to insure each model will be a lasting addition to any airline or aircraft model collection.
All models come with a mahogany display stand to present your aircraft in style! Perfect item or gift for that Military Aviation memorabilia or Aircraft Model enthusiast! Please Click On Image For A Closer Look!