P-47D & F-86E 'Gabreski' (2 Kits) 1/72 Academy

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Affectionately known as "the Jug", the P-47 was a heavy (7-ton) fighter for its time. Designed as an interceptor, it found its true role as a hard-hitting ground-attack aircraft. Its great structural strength and massive radial engine could withstand damage better than that of in-line engine fighters like the P-51and P-38. In March 1942 the first production models started coming off the assembly line, and in January 1943 the 56th Fighter Group was the first to make the new fighter operational, with the 8th Air Force based in Great Britain. Production really hit its stride with the P-47D, which was the largest series. The P-47D had a more powerful engine at high altitude and a heavier bomb load. With drop tanks, the P-47 could escort bombers as far as Berlin. These Thunderbolts were built in several production lots and with a host of designations.

The North American F-86 Sabre lays claim to a number of feats and achievements alike and was the first USAF fully-swept fighter to enter production. Renowned for its versatility and MiG kills in the Korean War, it was one of the great planes of the 1950's and beyond. It served with a number of air forces across the globe and is still flying at airshows, often with its nemesis the MiG-15, in the hands of "warbird" enthusiast pilots.

Please see the paint guide below for the manufacturer’s suggested colors.


Product Details:

Scale: 1/72
Skill Level: 2
Parts: 110+
- Painting and assembly required
- 7 sprues
- Molded in grey plastic
- One decal sheet
- Clear parts
- Detailed cockpit interior and landing gear
- Accurately detailed panel lines and rivets
- Canopy can be assembled open or closed

- Includes decals and paint guides for the following versions:

  1. P-47D-25RE 42-26418, last mount of Lt. Col. Francis Gabreski, commander of 61FS, 56FG, 8AF, RAF Boxted, England, July 20, 1944, sporting his 28th kill mark of June 27 that became his last one
  2. F-86E-10 51-2746 ‘Lady Francies’, 25FS, 51FW, Suqon, Korea, 1952. Assigned to Maj. Bill Wescott, a 5-kill Ace, sometimes also piloted by Maj. Gabreski, commander of 51FW
  3. F-86E-10 51-2740 Gabby’, Col. Gabreski’s mount

- Illustrated instructions and paint guides

Paint Guide:

Flat Black
Red Brown
Zinc Chromate Type 1
Olive Drab
Dark Green FS 34079
Medium Sea Grey FS 36270
Ocean Grey FS 36152
Clear Red
Clear Blue