Towards the end of the old SIG thread Tomcat31 asked which prop would be appropriate for his latest P-47. Four different types of prop are to be found on P-47's.
Kits such as the 1:32 Hasegawa P-47M and the Tamiya P-47M include all four types, and the AM manufacturers have resin replacements on offer in most scales if your kit doesnt include the correct type prop for your plane.
Heres a quick rundown of the four different types. Its NOT a definitive guide to P-47 propellers. Golden rule as always is check your references for the individual T'bolt your building.Part numbers given are for the Tamiya P-47M kit.
Early P-47's ( C's and D's) were factory fitted with the 12' Curtiss propellor.
(B32+B33) Easy to distinguish by the thin tapered blades and the standard Curtiss pointed propeller boss. Nicknamed "The Toothpick" due to its shape.
Heres an example fitted to a P-47D-1-RE.
The thin blades restricted the P-47's already low rate of climb, and the introduction of the wider bladed (paddle blade) 13' Curtiss prop went a long way to improving the Thunderbolts performance.(B34+B35)
Many if not all of the 12' Curtiss P-47's were fitted with this new propeller. In the case of the 56th FG all their P-47's had apparently recieved the paddle bladed prop by late December 1943/Jan 1944
Heres an example of the paddle bladed Curtiss on a P-47D-10-RE
Another paddle blade propeller fitted to some batches of P-47 was the 13' Hamilton propeller. (B36+B37)
Easily distinguishable by the stubby propeller boss and the thin base of the blades. The D-25(first Bubbletops) batch is often quoted as being the first batch fitted with the Hamilton propeller, but heres an example fitted to a D-22-RE Razorback.
The last of the four is the 13' Curtiss Asymetrical Propeller.(G5+G6)
The distinctive shape of the blades makes this one stand out from the other Curtiss props.
Heres two examples fitted to D-28-RA's.
I've seen reference to the D-28-RE batch being fitted with the Curtiss Paddleblade and the D-28-RA having the asymetric prop.
One often quoted "fact" is that the Curtiss Asymetric prop was only fitted to the P-47M.
As you can see from the photos of D-28 examples this isnt the case. Indeed, the P-47M wasn't fitted with the asymetric prop at all, but the Curtiss paddleblade, as this photo of Major Mike Jacksons "Teddy" shows.
So there you go, a pocket guide to P-47 propellers.As I said at the beginning, this isnt intended to be a definitive guide in any way shape or form, it's more a general guide showing the difference between the four types of prop.
Check your references
Hope this helps.