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Old 07-11-2011, 01:11 PM
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Well everyone here is some progress of what I've done so far, I got the fuse and the wing painted, with the black and white stripes on the wings. The cowl is together and bondo'd on the seems just need to sand it down. The main bomb drop is glued together and bondo'd as well just need to sand it down and repaint it. I still need to glass the elevator and the rudder and them bondo them and the flaps and ailerons and finish painting them within the next couple days.
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:12 PM
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kiwibob... Thanks! I've finally got some time to get this bird moving along.

Hey Jordan, You're doing great! Can't wait to see her rolling out of the hangar!

I've decided to order up E-flight retracts, even though they are 90 degree. When I get them I'll see about modifying the mounting rails so they lock down at a reasonable angle. I think there is enough room in the wing to make that happen...

Another thing I've decided to do (I hope all of you purists out there will bear with me...) is use a commemorative color scheme in honor of the POW/MIAs. I've included a rough sketch of the covering idea.

Got some work done on the wing...

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Old 07-11-2011, 11:49 PM
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As for you doing a mod re the 90 degree throw, you are aware you can order an 85 degree option in the 60-120 size electric E-flight retract unit as well? ([link]http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=EFLG410[/link]).
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Old 07-12-2011, 03:20 PM
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ORIGINAL: brockettman ............... I've decided to order up E-flight retracts, even though they are 90 degree. When I get them I'll see about modifying the mounting rails so they lock down at a reasonable angle. I think there is enough room in the wing to make that happen............
As for you doing a mod re the 90 degree throw, you are aware you can order an 85 degree option in the 60-120 size electric E-flight retract unit as well? ([link]http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=EFLG410[/link]).
I somehow missed those! Thanks for the heads up, that's what I'll order!

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Old 07-12-2011, 11:44 PM
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All good Ben, those 85 degree E-flight retracts are the option that I;m building in my head prior to building in real life when I get my kit and bits and bobs for my 40th (which include a DLE 20cc gas motor)
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:19 PM
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UPDATE! Well, I have been lucky enough to go out and fly my P-47 the last two weekends.. STarting to get a feel for the personality that it has.. Great flying plane, good landing habits with full flap throw and a tad of down mixed in with full flap BUT ! ....The landing gear on the plane needs to be moved forward for better taxi, take off and landing habits. You will not have to move the blocks in the wing or make new gear, Just bend the wire that fits up into the Torque block to allow for the axle on the wheel to move forward.. I am gonna shoot for the axle to be even with the leading edge of the wing..(Looking straight down) I have had this plane on Concrete and grass and it wants to nose over on forward movement...Do this adjustment and you will like the ground handleing alot better... (My Balance is dead on the mark for CG) Good luck!
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:54 PM
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Good to hear you are getting into the groove with your P-47 Terry! Thanks for the heads up on the landing gear angle, that'll be something to watch for...

A few more pics of progress, and a picture of my grand kids "scratch building" and painting their own airplane!

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Old 07-19-2011, 12:43 AM
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Classic re the kids making use left over bits!
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Awful big airplane the kids are building there! Gonna take some time to cover....Thanks for the pics!
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Brockettman/Ben ..... with those E-Flight retracts, I have a query in with their support team re hooking a servo up on one of their "3-Y plug" leads (re what the tricycle gear uses) as I want to install a retract servo in the rear to run one of these retract units ([link]http://www.robart.com/products/60-size-retractable-tailwheel[/link]). I just want to ensure that the servo being entered into the same system won't cause any issues moving forward (I only have one channel open to retracts, and I want their system up front, with the same system working a semi or scale retractable rear).

If you want, I'll let you know the outcome once (if/when/hopefully) they get back to me, let me know.
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The kids were pretty excited to get some wood to build with! They were pulling the scraps out of the trash can like it was treasure!

Hey kiwibob, great idea for the tail wheel. Would be great to see how that works out. When is the big 40? Ya know, here in the US we say that when you turn 40 you are "Over the Hill"

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................ Hey kiwibob, great idea for the tail wheel. Would be great to see how that works out. When is the big 40? Ya know, here in the US we say that when you turn 40 you are ''Over the Hill''

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Not "over the hill" ..... I consider that at this point in life, I'm "life experienced"! [sm=50_50.gif]

D-Day's not till Jan, but I'm taking this time between now and then to do my homework to ensure i have the best idea of what and how I will use specific items to gain the level of result that I want - Did the same with my nitro heli, and that turned out fantastic! (if I do say so myself).
Also considering the Robard scale oleo legs for the main gear by attaching them to the e-flight electric retracts ...... and their scale 2 3/4" wheels (or bigger - that is still to be finalized). Lucky for me my LHS has them on shelf at the moment, so I can at least have a good look over them, to which I have to admit that they look great ([link]http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXES69&P=SM[/link])
Still no luck from their support team, but I'll keep you posted if they eventually get off their arse's and get back to me.
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:38 PM
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Well here are some progress pics, everything has been painted, decals have been put on (or atleast the ones I wanted on there),Iwill be cutting out the templates for the tail numbers in a few minutes and then all I have to do is clear cote it and then glue all the surfaces in place.
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That is a "Ting of beauty"! Great work! Keep them pics comming! I moved my fixed gear forward 1-1/4" this week and hope to fly it again Sunday..this should stop the nosing over on taxi with grass....
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Nice work Jordan... I see you have some help too!

Terry, looks like on the plans the center of the wheel hubs should almost be to the leading edge. Did you angle them out further than that?

kiwibob, yeah, no such thing as over the hill... You have the right perspective! I'll be hitting the big 50 next March...[X(] BTW, the link you put up is for the offset strut design, will you be using that style or the straight ones? http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXES65&P=SM

I won't be getting my retracts for another week or so, and I need them to move forward with sheeting on the wing. [:@] I am going to get the canopy and the scale cockpit ready to go in the mean time. At this point I plan on using the stock e-flight wire struts with scale strut covers like Terry used.

Pics to come...

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Old 07-24-2011, 05:10 PM
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Ben I didnt see that on the plans. My wire must have been bent wrong. My wheels were straight down from the mounting blocks. Now they are almost up to the leading edge as you discribed so it should be fine now...Thanks for the input!
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Well here she is, its about 99% done all thats left is a couple cosmetic things to the fuse, a repair job to the fiberglass (somehow a piece ripped off on the stab and I don't know how it happened but it is still ok), panel lines and the cock pit. She is all ready to fly though. My father-in-law got a couple videos that I will try and figure out how to post later when I get them. Ihaven't flown it yet cause Ihaven't broke in the engine yet, but man does that engine purr its awesome, I love it and am so glad that Iwent with the DLE 20 instead of a nitro. Man does that thing have power at about half throttle I kinda felt like it was going to knock me on my @$$. Iwill post a couple videos in the next couple days or so when Iget the vidoes.
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Beautiful Goran ! Man it looks mean[>:] like a Jug should look. I'm aways behind on mine but I'll be back at it soon now. I have 2 planes now with the DLE 20 and you don't want to spend too much time on the ground doing a break in. Run it around half throttle for a min or so and then full for about 15 sec to set the high needle and then set the low needle for idle and transition. Finish off a tank at 1/2 throttle, and then fly it easy for a gal of fuel and then enjoy.
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Hey Kiwi Bob: I've got the exact same setup in my TF GE P-47 that I'm building right now. E-Flite 85 degree mains, with their 3 lead Y-harness. I'm using a Hitec servo to retract the tailwheel. No problems, works well.

What's driving me nuts is trying to get the tailwheel doors to operate. I'm about to give up on it and just the doors in the open position. Tailwheel will retract and extend, but the doors will stay open.

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Hey Kiwi Bob: I've got the exact same setup in my TF GE P-47 that I'm building right now. E-Flite 85 degree mains, with their 3 lead Y-harness. I'm using a Hitec servo to retract the tailwheel. No problems, works well.

What's driving me nuts is trying to get the tailwheel doors to operate. I'm about to give up on it and just the doors in the open position. Tailwheel will retract and extend, but the doors will stay open.

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Thanks for the heads up, as Tower Hobbies have been less than helpful in replying to my query to say the least ... any pics of your setup??
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..........kiwibob, yeah, no such thing as over the hill... You have the right perspective! I'll be hitting the big 50 next March...[X(] BTW, the link you put up is for the offset strut design, will you be using that style or the straight ones? http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXES65&P=SM
Little lost on what the gear really looked like at the bottom, as from what I can 'find' there was a slight offset, so it's a little hard to decide which of the two Robard options to go for.
Do you or anyone else have a good photo of the lowers main off a real P47??
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Jordan, Great Job, I like the red.. What does it weigh? and what size tire did you go with.. That DLE 20 is on my to do list for someday..Should have twice the power needed for the Jug...Thanks for the pics. Terry
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Here you go, the real deal
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There is very little offset, not at all like the P-51. I used the straight Robo struts on mine.
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