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Old 10-15-2014, 11:09 AM
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I have been reading most all the warbird posts and builds that I can. I am a sport flyer, nitro and 30cc gas. I fly the 3D style planes but no 3D, who wants to get into warbirds. I think for right now my plane of choice will be the P-47. I think I am going to start with a 60 size/1700mm plane. then move to the 80+ inch/50cc plane. I cant decide if I want the FMS P-47 (EPO) or the TF P-47. I understand how they are configured, electric, nitro. I just would like feedback on the "foam" vs built up/balsa style plane. I have built a lot of kits, and flown a few foams, is there a big difference as to how each plane handles, performs, habits bad or good. I know the FMS is PNP, but is this plane a better beginner than TF. thanks
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Old 10-15-2014, 11:24 AM
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The P-47 is a great first warbird. Considering what you listed that you presently fly, I would lean toward the TF P-47. IMO, the foam warbirds don't really fly "like a warbird", they are much more floaty and forgiving. If you are thinking of the TF ARF, you can also look at the Hangar 9 P-47 if you prefer the Razorback look, and it's at the same price point.

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Old 10-15-2014, 11:32 AM
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Hangar 9 P-47 or TF P-47 .60 size
the FMS warbirds are just big foamies if you want to step up to 50cc warbirds you are better of trying the balsa sized .60 warbirds.
Old 10-15-2014, 12:42 PM
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I have a Saito 100, 150, and YS 91. was planning converting the 150 to CDI ignition. what do think for engine choice.
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Hemikillers advice is spot-on. Follow that path and you will succeed. Also, study some videos on YouTube of the planes you are considering so you can study their flight and landing characteristics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzPiCEolZ8s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd0YoC5OKwI
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I built both TF kits, the first was the 60 size and I followed that up with the giant one. If I had it to do over again, I would go straight to the big one. It flys SO much better than the 60 size and it is much more forgiving.
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:30 AM
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I also have built the TF 60 size and flew it on a 26cc gas eng and it flew great. Building another one now, but if money is no issue go big.
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Go for the TFGS P47,can't go wrong with TF.Tom
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Thanks guys, think I will the TF- P-47, 60 ARF first. They don't tend to make my butt pucker as much as when I build a kit. since I have never flown a warbird it might be the way to go. and I really have been thinking of the 1700mm PNP foam warbirds, youtubes look pretty impressive, and simply because I would not have a real large investment. either way I'm coming on board. but I will build one. also looking at Ziroli P-47, 70" heard nothing but good thing about this one.
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Hey Tom, you are just up the road from me! Good advice from all the members, go big, and go wood. By building a bigger model it will allow you to add that extra little weight in detail or fancy do-dads and still have a respectable wing loading. I also am a big fan of wood for the structure of a airplane, it just seems more solid and the vibration seems less than a glass and foam model. Maybe I'll see you at the Williamsburg club warbird fun-fly next year, I will usually go there if the weather looks good. Best of luck with your P-47, (I have always liked the razor back version) I also really like the colors and paint on your 53 Vette R/C car

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Old 10-18-2014, 12:57 PM
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Thanks for the input. I think I'm going with the TF P-47, 60 arf. I have a YS91, OS 91, & Saito 150. Which one? I'm leaning to YS, THINK THE 150 is to much. I will save the giant build for a winter project, then I will have to decide TF or Ziroli .
thank for the advice.
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