Republic P-47D Thunderbolt – Maj. Glenn Eagleston 354th FG USAAF 1944. With Nose Art Panel (Damaged Box)
P-47D Thunderbolt – Maj. Glenn Eagleston (Nose Art), USAAF
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale US33811: Republic P-47D Thunderbolt in the superb markings of the 353rd Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, as flown by ace pilot Maj. Glenn Eagleston based at Rosieres-en-Haye in 1944. Limited edition of 2,700 pieces; displays superbly in its polished metal finish, complete with a large scale diecast cut out panel of the fuselage showing the art detail. Not generally for UK release.
Length 6 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches
PLEASE NOTE: As the models and panels have aged the polished metal finish has tarnished in places. This is not to everyones taste, so please don’t buy if you feel it will prevent you from enjoying this excellent model set. Last one in stock has a slightly sunfaded boxlid with the odd light scuff. Model and panel are undamaged.
During WW2, young airmen separated from home, family, loved ones and a familiar way of life often sought ways of escaping the harsh reality of war by personalising their aircraft with what has become known as nose art. Humour, slogans, nicknames, cartoons, girls; all were used to bring a touch of light relief to their deadly day-to-day existence. The Corgi Nose Art range aims to capture some of the superb works of art that adorned aircraft on all sides of the conflict. Each model includes a large-scale body panel featuring the art in colourful detail.
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.