1/72 Revell P-47M Thunderbolt

Gallery Article by Alex Grivonev on Apr 5 2021



This is a model I finished a while back in a phase where I started to experiment with weathering and chipping techniques and this P-47M was one of my "test subjects". The Revell kit was built mainly OOB, I only replaced the cowl flaps from the kit with scratch made ones from thinner material.

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I base painted the model with several metal shades using Model Master Metalizer paints. For the blue camouflage I went with the Federal Standard color codes provided in the kit instructions and ordered the according Lifecolor acrylics. Either the claims in the instructions were wrong or Lifecolor mixed things up, but the FS35231 Azure Blue was in hindsight waaay to bright for the darker of both camo colors. Anyway, the builder disregarded the importance of researching the subject properly prior to recreating it!

The color issue aside, my main focus was the weathering. The paint was chipped excessively uncovering the "metal" beneath. The model received a thorough wash and some pigments and oil paints were used too in the process. In the end I was pretty happy with the result despite the little historical "inaccuracies".


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Photos and text by Alex Grivonev