Republic P-47D-25 Thunderbolt

Academy 1/48

This was my first ever Academy kit and it left a very good impression. The detail was great, it went together very well and Academy obviously put a lot of thought into the design. I was very impressed. The only disappointment - and it was a big one - are the decals. they were just awful. It was difficult to get them to slide off the backing in the first place, but then I found them to be very brittle. They also needed to be put in exactly the right place immediately, as the adhesive bit fast. You can see tears and smudges on them in the photographs. the nose cowling chequered pattern decal was particularly bad - poor fitting to boot. Still, it didn't turn out bad at all, those decals aside. I would suggest using aftermarket decals and then you would have a first class kit for a very wallet-friendly price. I paid just £6 for this from a high street shop and that's incredible value.