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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
An addition to the series of WWII favorite aircrafts: Republic P-47D Thunderbolt.
About this creation
P-47D is one of my absolute favorite aircraft. I was during the construction of this model made aware of, especially the size and performance. The plane is really big compared to eg. P-51 Mustang. The size is of course derived from the huge P & W R-2800 engine, incidentally the same type of engine as the F4U Corsair, but the large airframe also houses a complex turbocharger system.

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was one of the largest and heaviest fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single piston engine. It was heavily armed with eight .50-caliber machine guns, four per wing. When fully loaded, the P-47 weighed up to eight tons, and in the fighter-bomber ground-attack roles could carry five-inch rockets or a significant bomb load of 2,500 pounds; it could carry over half the payload of the B-17 bomber on long-range missions (although the B-17 had a far greater range). The P-47, based on the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, was to be very effective as a short-to-medium range escort fighter in high-altitude air-to-air combat and, when unleashed as a fighter-bomber, proved especially adept at ground attack in both the World War II European and Pacific Theaters.
The P-47 was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of World War II, and served with other Allied air forces, notably those of France, Britain, and Russia. Mexican and Brazilian squadrons fighting alongside the U.S. were equipped with the P-47.
The armored cockpit was roomy inside, comfortable for the pilot, and offered good visibility. A modern-day U.S. ground-attack aircraft, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, takes its name from the P-47.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.



General characteristics P-47D
Crew: 1 pilot
Powerplant: 1 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59 radial engine, 2.300 hp (1.716 kW)
Length: 36 ft 1 in (11.1 m)
Wingspan: 40 ft 9 in (12.43 m)
Height: 14 ft 2 in (4.32 m)
Loaded weight: 19.400 lb (8800 kg)


Performance
Maximum speed: 428 mph (689 km/h)
Range: 1260 mi (2.028 km))
Service ceiling: 42.000ft (12.800 m)


Armament
Guns:
6 or 8 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns, 400 rpg
Rockets: 10 5 in (127 mm) unguided rockets
Bombs: 2.500 pounds (1.134 kg)


P-47 Thunderbolt is available in a myriad of different liveries, each more colorful than the other. Since this modelaircraft is carrying my initials, I decided that the color scheme was also to be my own choice, without differing too much from the crowd.








The enginecowling that holds the giant Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59 radial engine with open ventilation ports.


A shot from above showing the wing shape.


A single image for the comparison of the size, both models are scale 1:40. P-47 is considerably longer than the P-51. And the fuselage is a lot more bulky.


And finally, an image showing the construction method here does not differ much from my other aircraft models. The observant visitor may notice that the drawing in the background, is a P-47N.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Praise and criticism are always wellcome.

Edit 27-5-2014


Today I discovered this little nice surprise.



Comments

 I like it 
  July 24, 2014
Nice plane. Your a great builder!!! -J
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  July 23, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 super! the shape is right on, and the decals make it look very realistic!
Thank you CF!
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  July 22, 2014
super! the shape is right on, and the decals make it look very realistic!
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  June 18, 2014
Some how I missed this one. Fantastic ! These awesome birds always get over looked. I really like the decals. Excellent work!
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  June 13, 2014
Quoting Bill Ding Next plane should be a Zero, or a navy fighter of some sort!
Today I recieved the last Bricklink order for my next model - Lockheed P-38 Lightning. Im looking forward to reveal it in the near future.
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  June 12, 2014
Next plane should be a Zero, or a navy fighter of some sort!
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  June 6, 2014
Good job.
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  June 3, 2014
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Great work on the Jug. The proportions and detail at this scale are remarkable. I am curious about how you resolved the main landing gear: how were you able to tuck the wheels into the wings at this scale? I've made similar attempts on WW2 aircraft but the wings become disproportionate and ungainly. Yours look great so I'm curious to know your trick!
Thanks for the kind comment. I'm not quite sure what it is you want to know. The landing gear can not be folded into the wing. But if it is the attaching of the gear to the wing, I can show you an LDD screenshot.
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  June 3, 2014
Great work on the Jug. The proportions and detail at this scale are remarkable. I am curious about how you resolved the main landing gear: how were you able to tuck the wheels into the wings at this scale? I've made similar attempts on WW2 aircraft but the wings become disproportionate and ungainly. Yours look great so I'm curious to know your trick!
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  June 1, 2014
Quoting jim mcdonough i keep coming back to this again and again,looking at your building techniques etc,just cannot fault it,i hope you keep your builds and not have to break them up,now a ww2 hangar to house them all would go down well.
You can just return as often as you like, I think we all have pages we come back to time and time again, either to seek inspiration or just to enjoy a particular model. Currently I have room for all my aircraft models in cupboards and shelves, but there may come a time when it becomes necessary to discard old models to make room for new ones. I save the LDD files so they are easy to recreate.
 I like it 
  May 31, 2014
i keep coming back to this again and again,looking at your building techniques etc,just cannot fault it,i hope you keep your builds and not have to break them up,now a ww2 hangar to house them all would go down well.
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  May 30, 2014
Quoting Justin M The decals are nice. :)
Thank you!
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  May 30, 2014
The decals are nice. :)
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  May 27, 2014
Quoting Bill Ding Then what plane will come next?
It will be the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.
  May 27, 2014
Then what plane will come next?
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  May 27, 2014
Quoting Bill Ding I wish I had all these planes when I was younger! The only person who plays with my planes is my brother and he ONLY likes minifig scale planes (even if this scale is arguable more fun :) This is wonderful! Recognised it the first time I saw it. It looks amazing. I like the wheels and the shape of the nose cowling. Nice job! 5/5 (PS do a Hellcat next!)
Thank you Bill, Im glad you like it. Unfortunatly a Hellcat is not to come for the time being.
  May 26, 2014
I wish I had all these planes when I was younger! The only person who plays with my planes is my brother and he ONLY likes minifig scale planes (even if this scale is arguable more fun :) This is wonderful! Recognised it the first time I saw it. It looks amazing. I like the wheels and the shape of the nose cowling. Nice job! 5/5 (PS do a Hellcat next!)
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  May 26, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Fascinating plane, and a lovely model of it.
Thank you Nick.
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  May 26, 2014
Fascinating plane, and a lovely model of it.
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  May 26, 2014
Quoting Locutus 666 Awesome build dude!
Vielen dank!
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  May 26, 2014
Quoting Elk Guard Great work! I like the comparison shot too!
Thank you Elk! I found a YOU-Tube video, showing the P-51 and the P-47 on engine start and take-off, that P-47 is huge.
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  May 26, 2014
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Brilliant. So accurate and of course great fun to play with I bet.
Thank you M.S. Picture this: A 50+ year old guy, running around in the livingroom swooshing his P-47, Naaa :-)
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  May 26, 2014
Awesome build dude!
Henrik Jensen
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Crown Knight
  May 25, 2014
some fine feathers on this bird !>.....well done
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  May 25, 2014
Great work! I like the comparison shot too!
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  May 25, 2014
Brilliant. So accurate and of course great fun to play with I bet.
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  May 25, 2014
Quoting Chris Maxter Nice one! Are you planning to build some italians aircrafts? :P
Thank you Chris! For the moment I am collecting bricks for a P-38 Lightning, and I have an A6M Zero in the LDD editor, still improving the small details.
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  May 25, 2014
Quoting Richard Hurst Another great addition to the line up of planes you have modeled.
Quoting Marcus Paul Your shaping abilities are really impressive. Love especially the wings.
Quoting Steffen Kasteleiner A very nice model of the P-47! I like the cheese slopes in combination with the decreasing wing profile - and of course the Indian sticker:-) Awesome work!
Thank you all for your kind comments
 I like it 
  May 25, 2014
Nice one! Are you planning to build some italians aircrafts? :P
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  May 25, 2014
A very nice model of the P-47! I like the cheese slopes in combination with the decreasing wing profile - and of course the Indian sticker:-) Awesome work!
 I like it 
  May 25, 2014
Your shaping abilities are really impressive. Love especially the wings.
 I like it 
  May 25, 2014
Another great addition to the line up of planes you have modeled.
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  May 25, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Fantastic. The P-47D is a great plane and you've certainly did it justice with your killer MOC. Nice job on the cowling and the nose art is a cool touch.
Thanks Doc. It was quite time consuming preparing this Chief-head because the background color didnt fit the aircraft.
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  May 25, 2014
Quoting Navy Person Very nice job! The P-47 is one of my favorite WWII aircraft and your model is one of the best Lego Thunderbolt's I've seen, amazing work!
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Very impressive model, your building style really suits this type of aircraft. Wonderful work!
Thank you both, im glad you like it.
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  May 25, 2014
Quoting BrickBuilder7622 . Man, that looks awesome! The way which you built this bird, combined with the outstanding details and attention to size and accuracy really bring out a true life-likeness to this MOC! Super-duper-amazing job! Over the top awesome! 5/5! :-)
Thank you BrickBuilder7622, you are very kind :-)
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  May 25, 2014
Quoting jim mcdonough now this is your best creation by far,you seem to have took your build to another level,the shape use of pieces has been really thought out and make for one of the best aircraft on here,up there with the best,5/5 be very hard to top this one,and you left no room for any criticising LOL.
Thank you Jim. It is a pleasure to read your comment. I always try to do my best, but only time will tell if it will be as popular as my Corsair. I dont think so, it will be hard to beat.
 I like it 
  May 25, 2014
Fantastic. The P-47D is a great plane and you've certainly did it justice with your killer MOC. Nice job on the cowling and the nose art is a cool touch.
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  May 25, 2014
Quoting Michael K. Perfect! Nice cowling.
Quoting Matt Bace Nice job, especially on the engine cowling! It looks like you've recreated the bottle shape of the fuselage pretty accurately as well.
Thank you. Im quite happy the way the cowling turned out, especially on hitting the horseshoe shape, when wiewed from the front, unfortunately none of the Pictures shows it clearly.
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  May 25, 2014
Quoting C. K. Yee Perfect as always, I love every details you built , especially the wing. I wonder do you have the LDD instruction ??
Thank you C.K. I only share the LDD-files for my CREATOR alternates.
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  May 25, 2014
Quoting manthanboeing MAD Epic model!!
Quoting Jozsef Venczel Great Job!
Thank you Guys.
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  May 25, 2014
Very impressive model, your building style really suits this type of aircraft. Wonderful work!
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  May 25, 2014
Very nice job! The P-47 is one of my favorite WWII aircraft and your model is one of the best Lego Thunderbolt's I've seen, amazing work!
 I like it 
  May 25, 2014
Man, that looks awesome! The way which you built this bird, combined with the outstanding details and attention to size and accuracy really bring out a true life-likeness to this MOC! Super-duper-amazing job! Over the top awesome! 5/5! :-)
 I like it 
  May 25, 2014
now this is your best creation by far,you seem to have took your build to another level,the shape use of pieces has been really thought out and make for one of the best aircraft on here,up there with the best,5/5 be very hard to top this one,and you left no room for any criticising LOL.
 I like it 
  May 25, 2014
Nice job, especially on the engine cowling! It looks like you've recreated the bottle shape of the fuselage pretty accurately as well.
 I like it 
  May 25, 2014
Perfect! Nice cowling.
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  May 25, 2014
Great Job!
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  May 25, 2014
Perfect as always, I love every details you built , especially the wing. I wonder do you have the LDD instruction ??
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  May 25, 2014
Epic model!!
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  May 25, 2014
Quoting Yann (XY EZ) Great job henrik ! It looks superb!! I love the realism of your models! 8-) 5/5
Thank you Yann, I try hard to make them look realistic.
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  May 25, 2014
Great job henrik ! It looks superb!! I love the realism of your models! 8-) 5/5
  May 25, 2014
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  May 25, 2014
Quoting Peter Szabo Hi Henrik! Indians in the air! Very realistic model! Congratulation for that! I like Your plane building style!
Thank you Peter, you are always one of the first at the keyboard, great!
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  May 25, 2014
Hi Henrik! Indians in the air! Very realistic model! Congratulation for that! I like Your plane building style!
 
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