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P-47D Thunderbolt Model, USAAF Lt. Col. Gabreski - Hobby Master HA8453

P-47D Thunderbolt Model, USAAF Lt. Col. Gabreski - Hobby Master HA8453 - click to enlarge
P-47D Thunderbolt Model, USAAF Lt. Col. Gabreski - Hobby Master HA8453 - click to enlarge

Item No. HM-HA8453
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Hobby Master 1:48 Air Power Series Diecast Model

Republic Aviation P-47D Thunderbolt #42-75510, Lt. Col. Francis Gabreski, 61st FS, USAAF, RAF Halesworth, England, January 1944

1:48 Scale.  Length: 9".  Wingspan: 10.25

Flying with the 61st FS/56th FG out of RAF Halesworth, England, Lt. Col. Francis Gabreski was assigned his second P-47D Thunderbolt, #42-75510, in December 1943. He scored 10 of his 28 victories in this aircraft. On June 27, 1944 Gabreski scored his 27th victory followed by his 28th and final WW II victory on July 5, 1944. On July 20, 1944 Gabreski flew one last mission and crashed, spending the remainder of the war as a POW.

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was a fighter aircraft operated by the United States and allied air forces during World War II. It was one of the largest, heaviest, most expensive fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single piston engine. The P-47B was first flown on May 6, 1941, with the first production aircraft being delivered in May 1942. The Thunderbolt was very effective as a short-to-medium range escort fighter and as a fighter-bomber proved especially adept at ground attack. The aircrafts eight .50 inch (12.7mm) machine guns could inflict severe damage on lightly armored targets. In the fighter-bomber ground-attack role it could carry ten five-inch rockets or a bomb load of up to 2,500 pounds.

The first P-47 combat mission took place on March 10, 1943 when the 4th FG took their aircraft on a fighter sweep over France. By 1944, the P-47 Thunderbolt was in service with the USAAF in all of its operational theaters, except Alaska. Although the P-51 Mustang eventually replaced the P-47 in the long-range escort role in Europe, the P-47 still ended the war with 3752 air-to-air victories claimed in over 746,000 sorties. A total of 15,678 P-47s of all types were built, the last being a P-47N, which rolled off the Republic Aviation production line in October 1945. The P-47 Thunderbolt served with the U.S. Army Air Force (U.S. Air Force after 1947) until 1949 and the Air National Guard until 1953.

Hobby Master offers a wide selection of quality, pre-assembled, diecast model airplanes. Each model is crafted to a high level of accuracy using specifications of the original aircraft. They are constructed with precision-made diecast metal and some plastic components.

This model of a P-47D Thunderbolt features:

  • Opening canopy
  • Detailed cockpit with removable pilot figure
  • Realistic panel lines and antennas
  • Historically accurate printed markings
  • Removable weapons and external fuel tank
  • Rotatable propeller
  • Optional extended landing gear
  • Display stand
  • Box with P-47 Thunderbolt artwork

  • Category: Hobby Master 1:48 Military Aircraft

    Not suitable for children under the age of 14

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