Hasegawa + J. Rutman 1/32 scale
by Frank Mitchell
Hasegawa's 1/32 scale P-47D Thunderbolt
is available online from
For a modeler, one of the great things about Atlanta is the AAA Hobby
Shop, and one of the great things about that shop is that on Saturdays a
group gathers around noon to have lunch and hang out for a while. A
model or two will often show up, as will an occasional Work-In-Progress.
There is a great deal of talk about current projects, planned projects
(a few of which might actually get built), and what others should build.
Thus we come to this model.
When the Hasegawa 1/32 P-47 was first released a few months back, of
course I had to have one. However, on the first Saturday after the
release, two brothers (the Colvins), who, like their father, are great
modelers, gave me a 1/32 scale J. Rutman P-47N conversion for the old
Revell kit and challenged me to install it on the Hasegawa kit.
Obviously, such a challenge could not go unanswered, so work began.
Donít look for a group of in-progress shots; the only two are
evidentiary shots to prove that the Rutman wings will, more or less, fit
the new kit.
In brief, while the resin wings do fit chord-wise, the thickness is
significantly less. I therefore ended up epoxying the top half of the
Hasegawa wing to the top half of the Rutman wing, and used the Rutman
wheel wells in the resin bottom halves. Lots of filling, fairing,
sanding, priming, and scribing ensued. I had an old aftermarket R-2800
lying around that had the correct gear case, so that was also used,
along with the Rutman prop which had the correct blades. From here on,
the build was relatively easy, having only to add the vertical fin,
The Hasegawa landing gear and doors fit quite well, but new gun blast
tubes had to be made up from aluminum tubing. I also added every tank I
could find since I really like the wide-stance, broad-shouldered look of
a loaded Ď47N.
The markings were picked so that they could be done without special
decals. To be honest, while I am sure about the basic squadron markings,
I am not absolutely positive that these numbers go with this airframe.
Actually, I am kind of pleased with the finished model, and I would
really appreciate some thanks from the rest of you for assuring that
both Hasegawa and Trumpeter will soon release their 32nd P-47Ns.
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