P- 47 Thunderbolt Models
- "Affectionately nicknamed 'Jug,' the P-47 was one of the most famous AAF fighter planes of WW II. Although originally conceived as a lightweight interceptor, the P-47 developed as a heavyweight fighter and made its first flight on May 6, 1941. The first production model was delivered to the AAF in March 1942, and in April 1943 the Thunderbolt flew its first combat mission--a sweep over Western Europe. Used as both a high-altitude escort fighter and a low-level fighter-bomber, the P-47 quickly gained a reputation for ruggedness. Its sturdy construction and air-cooled radial engine enabled the Thunderbolt to absorb severe battle damage and keep flying. During WW II, the P-47 served in almost every active war theater and in the forces of several Allied nations. By the end of WW II, more than 15,600 Thunderbolts had been built." Source: USAF Museum Website
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1:72 Scale Diecast P-47 Thunderbolts Models are made by Corgi and Dragon Wings. The 1:72 scale series is probably the most popular warbirds collectors scale as it is a good combination of prices and detail. Each of these manufactures has its strengths, but they are all high quality models perfect for any collection
1:72 Scale P-47 General Dimensions (actual size depends on the particular variant of the plane):
1:48 Scale P-47 Thunderbolts are made by Franklin Mint (Armour Series), Yat Ming, and MotorMax . The most popular in this series are the Franklin Mint P-47D Thunderbolts. The provide a good cross between cost and detail. At a retail cost of $70 (generally on sale at diecastairplane.com) they have several different paint jobs to choose from and the paint work is very well done. They don't have many moving parts, but for a static display model they are perfect. At the other end of the spectrum are the 1:48 scale Thunderbolts from Yat Ming and MotorMax. These are meant mostly for younger collectors as the detail is not at the same level as the more expensive models, but for $20-$25 each they are really quite good.
Small scale Diecast P-47 Thunderbolts by Model Power, Corgi, Hotwings, InAir, and SkyWings: In really small diecast models there is still a wide range of possibilities. True scale models with excellent detail are made by Model Power. The Model Power P-47s are about 5" long, are true 1:100 scale and come with stands. On the toy end of the models are P-47's available from HotWings (with runway piece), InAir, and Skywings. This are not only popular with kids, but they also make great game pieces for board games.