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Old 11-15-2015, 03:00 AM
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Default Need suggestions; first real build project Giant P47

Ready to start building a Top Flight Giant P-47D. I need some suggestions for:

1- What forum would be best to start a build thread?

2- I have a large desk I'm going to tape cardboard to on top (see pic with box on top). Is this going to be good enough to build on?

3- I've done searches on RC Universe but I'm sure there are tips that'd help me find things better. How would I search best for build threads for the same plane?

Attached are pics, including a coupleRazorback (the version I'm building) schemes I am considering.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-15-2015, 03:15 AM
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If this is your first build, I'd recommend leaving it in the box and getting something easier for a first project. A Four Star, Kadet Senior or Seniorita or something along those lines would be a good first build
Old 11-15-2015, 05:28 AM
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Bit of a step to far for a first build.

You need a better building board. Make sure it is absolutely flat and will hold pins. I used to use a discarded marble washstand top and glued on 1/4 in cork which was covered in cling film or similar. A 2 inch sacrificial strip of MDF at the front to cut on is a good idea.
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Yep. My desk is new and completely flat. I may lay a sheet of tempered glass on it, and adhere on top of that a high density foam board, or thin sheet of some other material that will accept pins.

Or, I may just go with a large hollow core wooden door from Mr. Seconds, lay that on saw horses and use that.

What forum is best to start the thread in? Thanks in advance!

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Originally Posted by Hydro Junkie View Post
If this is your first build, I'd recommend leaving it in the box and getting something easier for a first project. A Four Star, Kadet Senior or Seniorita or something along those lines would be a good first build
I've built a Falcon 56 and it came out perfect. I realize this is much more involved I have selected the Robart electric retracts, engine, and other parts already and this baby WILL be in the air after the winter, as soon as the weather allows here in cold upper New York state. That's the plan anyway! Thanks though.
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There are quite a few build threads in warbirds forums on this and the other groups.This is a very popular build and has a good reputation for flight characteristics. You might also check the flying giants forum. Have fun!
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O Boy get a Grip read read read before you CUT anything My $0.02
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OK if you have built a Falcon 56 then the big Jug should be within your powers.

But I will reiterate the need for a totally flat and stable building board.
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Originally Posted by j.duncker View Post
OK if you have built a Falcon 56 then the big Jug should be within your powers.

But I will reiterate the need for a totally flat and stable building board.
I purchased a 38"x80" hollow core door and a 4'x8' sheet of Homasote to lay over that, and that should accept the pins nicely. I have wax paper to cover my plans and double sided pads with removable adhesive, and flat head pins to lay the plans down flat and smoothly. I'll secure fromt he underside the door, then the Homasote to the edges of the desk, which is new and completely flat. I checked for flatness with a 3 foot aluminum level. Also, checked the door and Homasote when choosing them from Home Depot viewing the long edges to make sure they were true.

In a few days I should have my Robart electric retracts and will then start the process and start a build thread at that time.
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I have not built one of these but I suggest looking over another builders experiences. Some of these war bird kits tend to come out tail heavy and this would help you plan how you wish to finish the tail feathers and what engine to select......always best to avoid adding 20oz of lead to the firewall.
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A lot of small weights (think sand or shot filled cloth tubes), small blocks of metal, stack of magazines come in handy instead of pins to hold parts in place while the glue dries. Your desk should work fine to build on as long as it is flat. I do not like to use pins through the building material as, if the part is small, pins weaken it.
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Just purchased from a friend in our club a used DA60 with electronic ignition and MTW canister muffler for the P-47. It's in very good condition, coming off a Aeroworks 85" Yak. It landed in tall grass, broke the landing gear off, then flipped over without any damage to the engine. Anyone have experience with the giant P47 and DA60? I was going to purchase a DLE-55 but got this for a little less and it included a canister muffler , with a smoke nipple.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:05 PM
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Have you asked any of your club members if they built one or something similar. Maybe some club members can help out.

My first ever build of a airplane was the Top Flite P-51B "Shanghai" back in 1976. Game out perfect. But since I never have flown before, I put it on the back shelf. Sold it to a friend that flew it. I went on to sailplanes instead.

A friend of mine builds Warbirds, and he uses a sheet of drywall for his building platform over his work desk.
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