Folks, please be mindful that none of the HM p-47s can be posed with the canopy open- although the canopy can be removed, it can't be slid back nor posed in the slid back position.
and that sucks too. No reason for that when Draggin's little 1/72 Jug canopies slide beautifully. Here's another thing about HM's P-47s - no tread on the tires, not even a little bit. They look like they're rolling around on their shiny inner tubes. No excuse for that at all on a 1/48 model really.
With my Dragon P-47, the canopy slid back without problem on the bubbletop. Didn't particularly work on their razorback variant.
With the HM canopies, there is no mechanism to slide them back, & as they fit in place with tabs, they can't even just be placed in a slid back position like the retooled Hurricane canopies either. You might get away with cutting the tabs off on the razorbacks (IF the canopy isn't too big for the rear fuselage like the first 2 Hurri's), but you can't even do that with the bubbletops as obviously, the canopy will just fall off the model.
I already have three HM P-47's and I've swore I wouldn't buy another one, but... Robert Johnson's Thunderbolt is a classic, I might have to cave on this release. It just so happens that I have a spot in one of my display cases. I had reserved a few spots thinking HM would be releasing a bunch of must have "B" model P-51's, but that sure hasn't happened. And I'm not sure it ever will...
I really do not like 1/48 scale. Far too big for me and will make all of my existing collection look wrong but I might just make an exception for this release, I remember buying this as one of my first Airfix kits when it was the first version of their then new P47 in the early 70's. A classic release. I wish HM would make it in 1/72 but knowing this is not going to happen and mindful that Corgi are unlikely to release it, I may just make this my first incursion into the 'American' scale.