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Old 06-11-2003, 11:28 AM
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I am thinking of building a TopFlight Thunderbolt and am fed up with unscale shapes. I also want to know, does it fly well? If anyone with experience of this type could write back I would appreciate it. Thanks.
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Smiv,
Which one are you building? I'm about to start the smaller one. They fly great. Not exactly scale, but with a few additions and good finishing you can have a pretty good looking plane that flys great. Cruise over to the Warbirds Forum and do a search....you'll find lots of info there about both TF P-47's. Best of luck!
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If you want the most scale P 47 available build the Brian Taylor 76" P-47.

Plans and accessories available in the UK from Brain. Laser cut parts from Unitracts.

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Originally posted by bhplans
If you want the most scale P 47 available build the Brian Taylor 76" P-47.

Plans and accessories available in the UK from Brain. Laser cut parts from Unitracts.

Bob Holman
Couldnt agree more
Glad to see you here Bob!

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I agree with Bob! ...and Todd reluctantly.

The Taylor designs are the way to go and the laser cut stuff Bob has is great. Been through a couple Taylor Mustangs, Typhoon, now 83" Spitfire...no complaints!

I decided to build the lil P-47 from Top Flite as a change of pace from all the scratchbuilding I've done lately. Last night I did the entire stab and elevator assembly in a shade over 2 hours. Mindless work....and a pleasant change of pace!
Basically I was just looking for something that went together (builds) quickly, flys great, and is only semi-scale. hence the topflite. If you want scale go to Bob and the Taylor Jug!

Bob, welcome to RCU!
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The Ziroli 70 inch P-47 builds into a very nice rendition of the Jug also.

Welcome aboard Bob. As much press as you get here at RCU it is good to know where to find you!
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If you are looking for a P-47 in the 80 inch range the Yellow Aircraft P-47 looks pretty good also.
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Kirk (K_sonn) your P47 Rocks. it is absolutely gorgeous .What retracts did you use on yours
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Hmmmm.......Mr.Holman registered on this site in August of 2002.
This is the first I've ever heard from him myself.

Mr. Holman , you mean you've been a silent observer all this time while I was saying all those terrible things about your Mosquito offerings?

Oh wait a minute........no, you're the guy who's got a beautiful track record for the Brian Taylor Mosquito plans, laser cut kits, and many proven flying Mossies. I even bought a set of 81" plans from you.

Gosh...... I'm sorry......for a moment I almost confused you with Don Smith.
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Search for TF P47 in the warbird section for some awesome pics, and I put up a video of one flying with a G62!! Very sweet machine!!

Here is the video

P47 Video
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Foxx:

Thanks for the kind words. I used Spring Air retracts and struts made by Lite Flite. If you call Spring Air, they have the contact information for the struts.
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Thanks guys, that Brian Taylor one looks excellent. Have been searching around, what engine do you recommend for it?
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Originally posted by Smiv
Thanks guys, that Brian Taylor one looks excellent. Have been searching around, what engine do you recommend for it?
I'm going to use an OS 1.60 FX in it
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The Zenoah G38 should work well in the 76" Taylor P47.

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RCS 1.8 (30cc) gas engine from RCShowcase. I have one in a 14 pound CAP and it pulls it around very nicely. The cost of operating a gas engine is extremely low compared to glow engines. Like they say, once you go gas you never go back.
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KIRK you got my vote, I have a RCS 1.4 and I am amazed how much power this little engine has. I probably never go back to glow engines again (got tired of feeding, cleaning and nursing them back to health) . BTW is Lite Flite a company, because when I order my struts from Spring Air he told me some guy he knows makes their struts, but he did not mention any company by name.
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Foxx:
Lite Flite is a small company run by Ray Lightfoot. He is the same guy that Bill at Spring Air refers his customers to for oleos. They are really nice, light weight and strong. Another alternative is to get some Robart struts. I went with Lite Flite because they looked better than Robart struts.
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Kirk I have already got my struts from Spring Air , but I was not sure were they really came from. Thanks for the info I am happy with the these struts and I also I think they are ligher then Robarts

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