MODEL: P-47D Thunderbolt BNF
MANUFACTURER: E-flite ( e-fliterc.com)
DISTRIBUTOR: Horizon Hobby (horizon
TYPE: ARF warbird
WINGSPAN: 42.2 in.
WING AREA: 326 sq. in.
LENGTH: 36. 9 in.
WEIGHT: 44. 7 oz.
WING LOADING: 19. 77 oz./sq. ft.
RADIO REQ’D: 6-channel
POWER REQ’D: 15-size brushless outrunner
PRICE: $249 (BNF); $229 (PNP)
RADIO: Spektrum DX7S transmitter
( spektrum-rc.com); six servos (installed)
MOTOR: BL15 950kV brushless outrunner and
E-flite 30-amp Pro speed control (installed)
BATTERY: E-flite 11.1-volt 3S 2200mAh 30C
PROPELLER: 9. 8 x 6 4-blade (included)
; AS3X stabilization
; Excellent manuals
; High-quality components
; A pussycat in the air
A true ARF, the ;underbolt has only
five major components: the fuselage,
wing, horizontal tail halves, and the
propeller. Construction is as simple
as installing the horizontal stabilizer,
mounting the wing and threading the
servo wires, installing the propeller,
and connecting the radio. All the servos
come installed as are the AS3X receiver,
the functional flaps, and retractable
landing gear. ;e model comes with an
optional belly plate for flying without
landing gear for those occasions when
the pilot might be flying from tall grass
or snow. ;e manuals are the most
complete that I’ve seen, and they walk
you through setting up a Spektrum
radio, step-by-step. While not for
beginners, anybody with some low-
wing experience will love flying this
plane. It makes an ideal introduction
;e P-47D uses foam hinges, which
work very well. I was initially a little
worried about durability, but the model
is not only good looking but also sturdy.
;e control horns come ready to go,
and the manuals cover setup and
proper throws in great detail. ;e
retracts fit tightly and cleanly, and are
quite durable. ;ere’s little more to do
than to check screws for tightness.
With its wide stance, the gear helps
prevent ground loops and wingtip
scu;s. ;e gear doors come installed
and are to scale.
;e cowl, guns, vents, and other
plastic details are sturdy and enhance
the scale looks of the Jug. ;e looks
are striking on the ground and easily
visible in the air. ;e cowl is held on
with four screws and conceals a BL 15
brushless outrunner motor mounted to
a plastic firewall with integral vents to
allow for cooling of the battery and for
;e battery hatch is huge, covering
;e author poses with his new ;underbolt. It is
right-sized and has the flight performance and
feel of a larger airplane.