Dragon Wings 1/76 USAF P-47M Ole-Miss LIB 63rd FS 56th FG 8th AF Early 1945 CPT.Thomas W.Smith 50289
Dragon Armor has released a sizzling 1/72 scale model of a P-47M Thunderbolt. Christened “Ole Miss Lib”, it represents the aircraft of Captain Thomas W. Smith of the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th FG, in early 1945. The name stems from the fact that the pilot’s wife “Lib” (Elizabeth) had returned to complete her studies at “Ole Miss” (the University of Mississippi). The 63rd FS had been activated in January 1941, and the “Panthers” became one of the most successful squadrons in the U.S. Air Force, with 167.5 aerial kills, and 110 enemy aircraft destroyed on the ground. Not only was the 56th FG the first to receive the Thunderbolt, but the 63rd FS also kept theirs until the end of the war. The model is beautifully crafted, with the panel lines cleanly molded on this die-cast miniature. All components are present in splendid detail, while the camouflage scheme is quite simply a work of art. When the P-47M appeared in January 1945, 63rd FS adopted a shadow-shading pattern of deep Mediterranean blue (basically indigo) applied over sky blue. This scheme makes for a most attractive model, added to which is the red-painted nose of the 56th FG. This high-speed fighter from Dragon is sure to be a hit, so collectors will need to pursue it swiftly to make sure they catch it!