J. Rutman Productions
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||16 parts in cream-coloured resin;
one strip of white, pre-cut styrene.
J. Rutman productions (email enquiries)
||Large conversion for Revell's kit;
accurate outline; high quality casting; good fit; minimal preparations
HyperScale's reviews of Jerry Rutman's resin conversions and kits
have recently focussed on Luftwaffe subjects. However, the Rutman range
includes a good selection of WWII American subjects too.
of the newest additions to the Allied subjects is a total replacement
fuselage for Revell's old 1/32 P-47D Thunderbolt.
Rutman Productions 1/32 scale resin Thunderbolt fuselage is supplied
in their familiar pale yellow resin. The resin is quite soft to the
touch, but detail is crisply engraved and it responds well to the knife
and sanding. There are no pin holes or other imperfections on the
surface of my sample. The fuselage halves have an almost imperceptible
texture that looks like very fine sanding on the master. If your
Thunderbolt is destined to wear a natural metal finish, it might be wise
to polish the fuselage halves before painting.
Parts breakdown is quite simple. The fuselage halves are made up of
two very large hollow castings. The cowl and the rudder are supplied in
one piece each. The other parts are the prominent intake inside the
cowling, tail wheel boot and various vents and hatches. A tiny skid
bumper is also supplied for the bottom of the rear fuselage.
The cowl flaps are supplied as a simple strip of thin white styrene
cut to shape and size.
The parts require very little preparation before use. I lightly
sanded the mating surfaces of the fuselage halves before test fitting.
Considering the size of these castings, the fit is really excellent.
There were no gaps or mismatching between the fuselage halves despite
the light taping.
also test-fitted the rudder to the taped fuselage half. This
single-piece casting was quickly removed from its block using the "score
and snap" method after a few swipes with the scriber Again, the fit was
The cowl opening is sealed with a wafer of thin resin. This was also
very quick to remove with a hobby knife. The air intake fits well inside
the fuselage. The rear of the cowl features a recessed ridge along the
trailing surfaces. Do not remove this ridge - it is there to
locate the styrene cowl flaps.
Instructions are given in two hand-drawn scrap-view diagrams. Detail
is sketchy but most modellers will be able to figure out the details.
A separate Dorsal Fillet was also supplied for review. This item
costs only USD$2.00, and will be appropriate for late-model P-47
This is another high-quality conversion that will represent a great
improvement over the fuselage of the Revell P-47.
Thanks to J. Rutman Productions for the review sample.
The full range of J. Rutman's kits and accessories may be viewed and ordered from his new website at http://jrutman.playnet.com/
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Last updated 22 July, 2003
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