Big and Deadly Jugs
P-47N Decals in
S u m m a r y
Number and Description:
32-157 Big and Deadly
|Contents and Media:
||Decal sheet plus small
instruction sheet with a colour cardboard header
||Impressive markings; sharply
printed; perfect register; minimum of decal film; high quality
||Some markings must be
painted; outer horizontal stabs should be painted blue too - not
mentioned in instructions.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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CAM Decals sheet 32-157
provides markings for a single aircraft, 'Bitter' 44-88074 a Republic
P-47N-1-RE Thunderbolt, of the 19th Fighter Squadron 318th
Fighter Group (not the 319th Fighter Group as Cam Decals
have incorrectly named it). The markings depict the aircraft when it
was based on Le-Shima Island in 1945.
The aircraft is in overall
natural metal finish with an olive drab anti-glare and it wears the
blue trim of the 19th Fighter Squadron on its cowling, cowling flaps
and the top half of its fin and rudder. You will have to paint the
blue yourself (the placement guide advises that it is FS 13507). More
on this later.
The supplied markings consist
nose art consisting of the name 'Bitter' and a pointing dog. This
marking is supplied as both a three-part decal and a single decal to
address any register issues that may arise. For the record, there
are no registration problems with my sheet.
The 19th Fighter
Squadron insignia. This decal is supplied in three parts- a white
disc (for the stars), a yellow disc (for the centre disc and outside
ring) and finally a black decal that has a cock with outstretched
wing and the outer ring of the insignia that contains the stars.
This approach is really a nice way to go as it ensures that this
intricate marking will be in perfect register when in place.
The fuselage ones are supplied in three parts to enable you to apply
them over open cooling doors.
number and plane-in-squadron number in black for the vertical
The thin black
borders to the blue paint on the vertical stabilizer and cowling
front. The ones for the horizontal stabilisers are not supplied –
see below for amplification on this point.
A reasonably complete set of
stencil data is also provided including the all important data block
that exhibits the correct serial number. The red 'no-step' areas on
the inboard edges of the flaps are also included as decals.
The placement guide is A-4 in
size. It carries black and white left and right hand side profiles as
well as a plan view of the upper surfaces. Also shown are scrap views
of the under surfaces of the wings as well as the main gear doors.
The cardboard header shows a left hand profile, this time in colour.
Not shown in any of the
illustrations is the fact that the outer third of the horizontal
stabilisers on 19th Fighter Squadron P-47Ns were also painted in the
same blue as the cowling and vertical stabilizer. A small nit pick I
know but a trap for the unwary. Page 29 of the Squadron/Signal
publication Air Force Colours shows a photograph of the aircraft and
you can just make out that the horizontal stabilizers were painted
blue with thin black borders. My bet is that the spinner was also
The decals have been printed
by Microscale and as usual, they are beautifully printed with an
absolute minimum of carrier film surrounding each subject.
The decals, placement guide
and the header card are all packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
If you want to build a 1/32
scale P-47N the only one currently available is the Rutman Full resin
kit that features metal landing gear ,photo etched parts, engraved
detail, hollow cast wings and fuselage. The Rutman website is here:
The Large Scale Planes website
features a review of the kit here:
and if you need some inspiration have a look at the kit that Rick
Bellanger built here:
CAM Decals are available online
from their website at http://www.camdecals.com
CAM Decals 59 page 2002 color
catalog of decals and resin parts is also
now available through the CAM Decals website
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