I started my next build and decided on the Parkzone P-47D Thunderbolt AKA the JUG. I planned on building this plane similar to my Parkzone Corsair, with plenty of power and speed. The Thunderbolt should be able to reach 90mph without difficulty.
Here are my build items
- Parkzone P-47D Thunderbolt Airframe Kit
- Tacon Big Foot 15 – 3548 950kv
- Turnigy Plush 60a esc
- Turnigy 4s 2200mah 40c lipo
- (4) T-Pro MG90 9G Metal Gear Servo or MG-14 and (2) 6″ extension leads
- APC props – 12×6 and 10×10 so far
- Retracts - ChangeSun Electronic Retract 25 V2(Main Gear) or (e-Flite 10 to 15 – Size Main Electric)
The plane arrived in great shape with all the hardware included in the airframe kit. It comes with all the decals, the wing and fuselage are already applied so you have two decals to apply to the underside of the wing if desired. The Thunderbolt airframe is very pleasing to the eye and the build process went smoothly. I used the stock plastic motor mount in addition to a plywood mount I made. The plywood mount fits between the stock motor mount and the Brushless motor. In the past I ordered and used mounts from CustomRC. The motor came up a little short out the cowl so I then used my Dremel to grind off enough of the cowl’s center to fit the motor.
With everything in place, I charged my brand new 4s 2200mah 40c battery and connected my Turnigy Wattmeter for some testing. Here are the results.
Big Foot 15 / APC 12x6e Prop / Turnigy 4s 2200mah 40c
Plenty of power and way over spec on the motor but I was ready to maiden it at this point so off I went. I brought along my radar gun and met a friend to help get some mph readings. On the second flight we got 94MPH on 2 separate runs. The plane is very stable and a real pleasure to fly. Very smooth two wheel landings that carry a lot of momentum down the runway until I finally place the tail wheel down. Very precise and it’s a lot of fun to fly. My old Corsair has gotten heavy and worn over the years so this new Warbird is exactly what I needed.
Update – New Paint, Prop and Wattmeter Test and new MPH Record
Big Foot 15 /APC 10x10E / Turnigy 4s 2200mah 40C
P-47D Thunderbolt Weight
36oz without battery
AUW = 45.5oz using 4s 2200 40c lipo
Here is the new MPH record video and she certainly isn’t finished yet -
Airbrushed smoke details and then (2) coats of Minwax® Polycrylic®
More Radar Fun – 7.14.2011 – P-47D Thunderbolt 110mph !
Update (*apr 2013 repairs) – the P-47 is still flying after several repairs. I replaced the wing and the same carbon reinforcement was added. The wood motor mount I originally made was also quickly replaced with an uglier version. I also had to replace the cowl. Very little damage considering how many times I’ve crashed!