Thunderbolt, "Donnie Boy" 2nd Lt. Dominic 'Don' Gentile,
USAAF 336th FS/4th FG, RAF Debden, 1943
Archive. Flying Mule
Collection. It really is fun getting back to some of these
older molds. Corgi's P-47D razorback is a particular favorite, and
this model (produced in 2006), along with its companion olive drab
models such as the Mahurin (US33815, in 2005), the Miss Plainfield
(US33816, in 2005), and the Beeson (US33819, also in 2006), were
particularly well done. Corgi did a great job of capturing the Army
Air Force olive drab and grey colors, which to my eye is a lot nicer
color mix than the green and grey on the model shown in some of
these pictures. Beyond that, I've always wondered about the Army's
selection of grey for the undersides, especially a fairly deep grey.
Did they expect to fly mostly against a background of rain clouds?
One wonders. This is neither here nor there, because the Corgi style
of simplicity in engineering combined with medium-deep panel lines
works to good effect here, making one yearn for the return of certain
of the pooch's U.S. models, such as the P-38, P-40, P-47, and maybe
a revamped P-51D. Whatever, this six-year-old model earns two zooms
out of two. For the uninitiated, that's a Zoom-Zoom.