FLIGHT TEST HANGAR 9 P-47D THUNDERBOLT
are hidden, this makes it easier to select the
correct charging parameters later on.
I opted for an optional cockpit and
while it added greatly to the scale detail,
it did not require much additional assembly time. The cockpit is held in place by
two tabs and bolts. I finished up with all
the other scale accessories including wing
bombs and pylons along with a centerline
tank under the fuselage. Last but not least,
I glued in the wing guns, pitot tube and
antenna. After a quick balance on the CG
and then setting up all the control throws
to the recommended distance, my P- 47
was ready for the flying field.
I put in a little over 40 hours of building
time on the Hangar 9 P- 47, but that did
include the scale cockpit and retractable
landing gears. Overall, this build could
be accomplished by anyone who has at
least one or two ARF builds under his or
her belt. The instructions are outstanding and the part fit is just about perfect.
The nice thing is once finished, you have
a great-looking P- 47 with a number of
scale details that many kits do not offer.
If 2012 is your year to build a scale plane,
you really want to give the Hangar 9 P- 47
a good look. ;
With West Coast senior editor John Reid posing next to the Hangar 9 P-47D, you can see xactly how big this plane is!
SCALE DETAIL: ADDING REALISM WITHOUT
WEIGHING EVERYTHING DOWN
Planes like the P- 47 just beg for scale detailing and I don’t know of a pilot who
wouldn’t want to add them to his or her aircraft. The only issue with this detail
is that it adds extra weight and
drag to the plane without adding
any extra performance. Now, I am
not saying that is a bad thing, but
you just have to look at ways to
make those scale details as light
as possible without sacrificing the
looks. In the case of the Hangar
9 P- 47, the manufacturer has add
extra scale details so that they do
not hinder the performance of the
plane (at least not too much). One
thing that does help is starting
with a larger size plane like this
P- 47. Because of the 81-inch
wingspan, this plane can handle
an additional pound of scale detail
much better than a . 40 or . 60 size
P- 47 would.
The optional cockpit kit adds the final
touch to this great-looking Thunderbolt.
All you need to add is a first-rate
pilot like this one from Dragon USA
First rule of scale detail: Start
with a bigger plane.
Second rule: Save weight on
scale detail that is not seen. On
this plane, I have a scale cockpit
(optional) that is made from
thin and lightweight plywood. A
detailed decal is use for the dashboard to add realistic looks without the weight.
I have a full pilot in the cockpit, but I took off the legs and filled the pants with
paper to save some weight.
Final rule: Buy lighter weight scale items. Robart has a new line of electric
retracts for this plane. When they are available, I can use them to replace my air
retracts and save some weight by removing all of the airlines and tank that are
now in this plane. While each item is not much weight by itself, they all add up to a
lighter aircraft, which in turn means more performance.
This dummy radial engine adds a good
amount of scale detail without a lot of
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