Master Details of the USA 1/32
1/32 P-47D Thunderbolt Horizontal Stabs and Elevators
Four parts of cream resin
Where I got mine: Master Details Site
When you purchase your St27 series new tool Hasegawa P-47D kit in 1/32nd scale, you really are in for a treat. With features like open or closed gear bays, lovely engine detail, open or closed canopy, posable flaps and Stabilizers – hang on – the stabilizers were never posable – and it’s a real oversight by Hasegawa, and quite a job to create your own. Master Details of the USA have come to your rescue though, with some custom made stabilizers for your P-47 kit, made from Resin which slips straight into your kit.
These parts for the P-47 are a continuum of the other parts to improve this kit like the excellent cockpit set for the Thunderbolt kit in 1/32. For this review we will focus on the Stabilisers though – so let’s have a look at them shall we?
The two “stabs” come inside a small Zip-loc bag with the advertising blurb on the front in colour and some paper instructions inside which show you the easy installation of these onto your thunderbolt.
Not only is the surface detail on these parts the same or better than the Injection moulded plastic parts, but the premium polyurethane resin adds details that were missing to the original. The antenna mounting flange on the leading edge is rightfully restored as are some corrections made to the hinges of these stabilizers.
These parts lock into each other just as easily as the kit parts and can still be posed in a neutral position, though when the P-47 was parked and the lock on the actuating cables was engaged gravity would cause them to droop. To tell you the truth it makes them look more interesting as well and I think these would the choice of most modellers now they have the choice to make. The Trumpeter kit of course has posable stabs and this evens the playing field even more.
With a small cut as shown in the instruction sheet (which I did with a scalpel and a drill bit.) these parts just slot in and really cause you no real difficulties other than you having to use super glue to secure them.
Just for you to see I have included a picture of the regular P-47 kit parts (painted) on the tail section. Imagine how much better the Master Detail set would look painted against the Hasegawa part !
I hope to include these on my next build with the cockpit set for the Thunderbolt in the near future – I’ll show you the results when I do!
These are an easy to install and marked improvement on the kit parts and I recommend them for your next Hasegawa bubbletop!
My great thanks to Master Details for this new tail...