- Air Power Series
- Realistic collectible model
- Diecast & plastic parts.
- Highly detailed
- Opening canopy revealing detailed cockpit
- Display stand included.
- Measures approximately: 9” L x 10.25” Wingspan
- Display model, recommended for hobbyists and collectors 14 years and above
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.
William. D. “Bill” Dunham was the second leading ace of the 348th FG and the second leading P-47 ace against Japan. Dunham’s first aircraft was P-47D 42-8067 “68” nicknamed “Bonnie” when he was assigned to the 342nd FS. In early December 1944 Dunham received a new P-47D 42-27884 “Bonnie” and added 5 more victories that month. Also in December Dunham’s aircraft received new theater markings of black bands. Dunham finished WWII with 16 victories of which 15 came flying a P-47 and 1 flying a P-51D.
This Hobby Master model is a replica of Republic P-47D “Bonnie”, bureau number #42-27884 from the 460th Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group United States Army Air Force, flown by William Dunham in the Philippines, 1945.
Great care should be taken when handling this model. This is a great addition to your diecast aircraft collection.