Hobby Master HA8455, P-47D Thunderbolt

HA8455 P-47D Thunderbolt “Penrod and Sam” 42-25512, Captain Robert Johnson, 62nd FS/56th FG, Boxted May 1944

Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series

1/48 scale pre-finished
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
Professionally painted.
All markings pad applied for superb results.
Cockpit slides open.
Comes with a pilot that can be removed.
Comes with display stand.
Can be displayed with landing gear up or down.

The Republic Aviation P-47 “Thunderbolt” entered service in May 1942 with the introduction of
the P-47B. It had a “Razorback”, a high dorsal spine behind the side-ways opening canopy that
reduced visibility. As improvements were made a “D” variant was produced with 12,602 being
manufactured. The British developed a sliding bubble canopy for their Typhoon and this was
adopted by the USAAF starting with the P-47D-5. With its ability to survive enemy fire along with
impressive armament and bomb load the P-47 excelled at ground attack roles.

Robert S Johnson ended WWII with 27 victories while flying P-47s. Johnson scored his first
victory in June 1943 and was promoted to Captain March 15, 1944. Johnson was assigned a
total of 4 P-47s, 3 with the 61st FS where he scored 25 victories and P-47D 42-25512 “Penrod
and Sam” with the 62nd FS. The name came from Sgt. J. C. Penrod who was Crew Chief &
Samuel was Robert Johnson’s middle name. On May 8, 1944 Johnson scored victories 26 and
27 breaking Eddie Rickenbacker’s WWI record of 26.

Republic Aviation P-47D specifications

Number Produced – 12,602 most numerous variant

Crew – 1

Length – 36 ft. 1 in. (11 m)
Wingspan – 40 ft. 9 in. (12.42 m)
Height – 14 ft. 8 in. (4.47 m)

Engine – 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59 twin-row radial, 2,535 hp (1,890 kW)
Maximum Speed – 433 mph @ 30,000 ft (697 km/h @ 9,145 m)
Service Ceiling – 43,000 ft. (13,100 m)
Rate Of Climb – 3,120 ft/min (15.9 m/s)
Range – 800 mi. combat, 1,800 mi. ferry (1,290 km combat / 2,900 km ferry)

8 x .50 in. (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns w/ 3,400 rounds
Maximum 2,500 lbs (1,134 kg) of bombs
10 x 5 in. (127 mm) unguided rockets


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