1:48 Scale Metal Diecast - Republic P-47 Thunderbolt – Length: 9" Wingspan: 10.25”
This model of the P-47 at 1/48 (not 1/72) scale is quite interesting because of its size. At 9 inches long and 10inches in wingspan one can see many details that might not be as clear at smaller scales (as 1/72). From the photos one can see that the landing gear is more detailed, tire treads are distinguishable and even suspension elements.
The cockpit is very detailed and one can see that the instrument panel is painted with different colors. The canopy is not "open-able", one can take out the canopy and put or remove the pilot figure, but the canopy can't be pose as opened.
A pilot figure is included and at 1/48 scale one can see that the details are painted in different colors.
This model comes with various optional attachments, a center line fuel tank, two bombs and two sets of rocket launchers. The center line fuel tank is not compatible with the stand. In other words, the stand and the fuel tank interfere with each other.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The box measures 11.25 inches by 11.25 inches by 4.25 inches.
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt is one of the largest and heaviest fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single piston engine. It was built from 1941-1945. It was heavily armed with eight .50-caliber machine guns, four per wing. When fully loaded, the P-47 weighed up to eight tons, and in the fighter-bomber ground-attack roles could carry five-inch rockets or a significant bomb load of 2,500 pounds; it could carry more than half the payload of the B-17 bomber on long-range missions (although the B-17 had a far greater range). The P-47 was designed around the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine—the same engine used by two very successful U.S. Navy fighters, the Grumman F6F Hellcat and Vought F4U Corsair, the latter aircraft itself the first to fly with Double Wasp power in late May 1940—and was to be very effective as a short-to-medium range escort fighter in high-altitude air-to-air combat. When deployed as a fighter-bomber with its usual "double quartet" of heavy-caliber M2 Browning machine guns, it proved especially adept at ground attack in both the World War II European and Pacific Theaters.
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, notably those of France, Britain, and Russia. Mexican and Brazilian squadrons fighting alongside the U.S. were equipped with the P-47.
The armored cockpit was roomy inside, comfortable for the pilot, and offered good visibility. A modern-day U.S. ground-attack aircraft, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, takes its name from the P-47.[Note 1] Orders for an additional 5,934 were cancelled when the war ended.