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Hobby Master 1:48 Air Power Series HA8454
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Diecast Model
USAAF 332nd FG, 100th FS Tuskegee Airmen, White 34, Italy, 1944

1:48 Scale   Length   Width
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt   9"   10.25"

The 332nd Fighter Group was established in February 1942 at Tuskegee Army Airfield, Alabama. They had to overcome racial prejudice and delay after delay before they were finally allowed to enter WWII as fighter pilots. At the end of 1943 the 100th FS was sent to Italy and assigned to the 15th AF. On April 25, 1944 they received their first six P-47s handed down from the 325th FG so the tails were painted red to cover the old markings. The Red Tails, "Tuskegee Airmen" altered history in several ways.

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Designed by Alexander Kartveli meeting a USAAC requirement for a heavy fighter, the P-47 was first flown on May 6th, 1941. Later models featured a "bubble-top" canopy rather than the sharply peaked "razorback" fuselage which resulted in poor visibility for the aircraft's pilot. The P-47, a deadly pursuit aircraft, featured 8 x 12.7mm machine guns; all mounted in the wings. Even with the complicated turbosupercharger system, the sturdy airframe and tough radial engine, the P-47 ("Jug" or "Juggernaut" as it was nicknamed) could absorb damage and still return home. Built in greater quantities than any other US fighter, the P-47 was the heaviest single-engine WWII fighter and the first piston-powered fighter to exceed 500 mph.

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Hobby Master 1:48 Air Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:48 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:48 Air Power Series" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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