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DW item no.50089
Photograph Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
P-47M Thunderbolt, 61st FS, 56th FG

Warbirds Series. Beautiful, accurate, bold, utterly impeccable. Don't fight it, just order it.

Having implied it was perfect, there is one qualification: the opening canopy is stuck in the closed position and can't be opened. But, that's OK; at least it's closed tight.

Compare this model with the drawing on page 91 of Republic's P-47 Thunderbolt, From Seversky to Victory, Copyright © Warren M. Bodie, 1994. I wonder who compared what to which. By the way, anyone who is interested in the P-47 ought to get Bodie's book. Can't say I've read it all, but the information is there when I want it.

DW item no.50003
Photograph Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014

Model Mechanic. The wing and flaps fell off while the model was still in the box, making this more like a kit than a diecast. I super-glued the wing back on, and glued the flaps shut. Having to go through this hastle to get the flaps to stay up, or even on, is dumb. Having to reattach a removable wing is even dumber.
P-51D Mustang, The Millie P, 343rd Fighter Sqn, 55th FG

Warbirds Series. Another well proportioned and colorful model. The finished (furnished?) cockpit is nice, but where is the pilot? Paint is scuffed off the sliding canopy, and someone at the factory shaved too much metal at the wing root. The prop is gorgeous.

Yes, where is the pilot? Someone could make a bundle selling pilot figures for Dragon Wings models.

Disassemble, disassemble. See sidebar for troubles in paradise. Also, the sliding canopy (another dumb idea) falls off when you turn the model over to work on the landing gear.

Another suggested secondary-market idea. Someone should develop a bib to fit around the neck that would catch the parts falling off these models.

DW item no.50014
Photograph Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014

Flap over flaps. The left-side flap drops at a mere suggestion, a cat walking across the floor, or a 1.0 earthquake. I plan to super-glue both flaps shut.
P-51D Mustang, Big Beautiful Doll, 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group

Warbirds Series. P-51 Mustang in Action, Squadron/Signal Publications Aircraft No. 45, calls this the "ultimate in Mustang markings". Who am I to argue. Another well designed model from Dragon.

Ditto most grumblings for DW item no. 50003, above.

Display. This model shares my desk with my brand new Dell 19" flat-panel screen. It's nice having the extra room, and a place to display at least a couple models. My old Samsung 19" took up almost the entire desk.

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