mounted on a common plywood tray. I
also mounted on this tray the control box
for the retracts control box. I cut free the
fuselage hatch for the electric batteries so
that I could hide the receiver and ignition
switches and the fill line for the fuel tank
inside the fuselage.
There are two sets of engine-mounting
bolt patterns marked on the firewall for
DLE 55 or 61cc engines or a Rimfire 65cc
electric motor. If you want to use an
O. S. G T 60cc gas engine, a template for
it is provided in the back of the manual.
Installing the recommended DLE 61cc
engine only took a few minutes, and the
standoffs provided with the engine were
the perfect length. Another advantage of
using the battery hatch is that you have
easy access to the standoff bolts inside the
fuselage. One thing that I liked was that
the firewall and engine box were painted a
light gray and were fuel-proofed. The last
major task was to fit the dummy engine
and mount the cowl. There are provisions
in the belly pan to make an optional scale
centerline tank droppable in flight. The
servo needed is installed in the belly pan,
and four ¼- 20 nylon bolts attach the belly
pan to the wing. Even if you don’t use this
option, you can still screw the belly pan
to the wing instead of gluing it in place.
To finish off the plane, I used the included
cockpit and added an ultrarealistic,
museum-quality Bob Sweeney P- 47 pilot
from Best Pilots. This pilot is exceptionally
well detailed and painted, and is actually
modeled after a P- 47 pilot from WW II.
flight test top flite p- 47 RazoRback
With the wing removed, you have full access to the radio gear.
Heavy-Duty Landing Gear
Robart Mfg. is always expanding its line of quality landing gear to include the latest and most
popular RC airplanes. The new Robart #622P47 gear are designed for the 1/5-scale Top Flite Giant-Scale P- 47 Razorback and Thunderbolt models. Made out of aircraft-grade aluminum and steel
components, these rugged retractable gear have positive up and down locks. Available in either
electric or pneumatic operation, each has functional chromoly steel struts designed for use with
5-inch-diameter wheels. The struts are adjustable for height and toe-in.
With the upper-fuselage hatch cut free, you have great access to the fuel tank and can reach all of the switches
and fueling fittings.
Above left: The fuselage is set up for a Robart retractable tailwheel assembly.
Above right: The new electric retracts from Robart Mfg. drop right into place as the
Thunderbolt is designed for the gear. There is no fixed-gear option.