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  1. Hello again. For a long time, I had considered building the old Lindberg 1/72 P-47B, in 1/72 scale. I had acquired various parts, cowling, engine, cockpit, vertical stabilizer/rudder, main gear, wheels, prop and so forth to bring the kit closer to today's' standards. In the end, I decided it was easier to simply fall back on my usual methods, namely modifying an Academy P-47D razorback kit, by shortening the cowl a scale 8 inches, sanding off the "belly bulge", and some other small detail to make a P-47B. I did, however, use the original decals from the old Lindberg kit, as they were pristine. I also gave them a couple of coats of Microscale Decal Film, just to be safe. I was modeling Col "Hub" Zemke's P-47B, when it was working up with the 56th Fighter Group at Farmingdale, NY, prior to shipping to England in WWII: Here's how the model turned out: In retrospect, I probably should have replaced the old Lindberg roundels with modern decals, as they are thick, and maybe not quite the right shade... call it nostalgia for the old kit, I guess. I had last built one around 1972. Anyway, I've finally gotten an actual P-47B for the collection. Not perfect, but better than what I had! Thanks for looking, Ed
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