Register | Help | Store Account | FliteTest Dashboard
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    Mesa, AZ
    Posts
    20

    P47 Thunderbolt mod build

    Well, I am now into my first scratch build. After wrecking a FT Spitfire and cutting my teeth flying the Simple Scout/mini Scout, I am ready to venture into warbird territory.

    The P47 is my favorite warbird. But its curves present challenges for a foam build. So I dare to dream...

    The Spitfire showed me that the spirit of a warbird can be reproduced without having to stay 100% faithful. I especially liked the Spitfire's wings.

    After building a few Scouts, I realized that wing building shouldn't be too tough. I always wondered what I could create by modding the wings and tail. Then one day I looked at the 1.2m E-flite P47 hanging in the garage. I started to see design elements that would cross over.

    So here is what I started. I started with the Simple scout wings, and modded the shape to approximate the P47 wing shape. It is not 100% to scale, but is at recognizable as a P47 wing.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 20180109_004640.jpg   20180109_031428.jpeg  
    Last edited by Beavis; 01-11-2018 at 06:04 AM.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    Mesa, AZ
    Posts
    20
    Here is the final wing, using the simple scout assembly plans. I haven't figured out yet if I will do ailerons out toward the tips and leave room for future flaps, or just keep it easy by making the ailerons further inboard.

    The wings are a little larger than scale proportions (38" wingspan tip to tip), and a touch wider, but I am hoping that will be fine. I don't like to fly super fast (yet), so I hope the slightly larger wings will help with low speed ability.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 20180109_040637.jpg  

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    Mesa, AZ
    Posts
    20
    My biggest challenge will be with the fuselage. The P47 is fat and round, which doesn't make for an easy foam project. And this is also my first scratch build.

    The first challenge was to take the existing box fuselage from the scout, and mod it to approximate the Bolt. I had to fatten up the chin a little, so I cut the fuse with a little extra.

    The 2nd challenge was to mod the scout fuse for the wings to ride lower. For this I had to trim the scout's fuse reinforcements. I though about doing some reinforcements above the wing, but the scout's fuse was pretty strong to begin with if you don't cut out the gear/float slots.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 20180110_015136.jpg   20180110_025328.jpeg  

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    Mesa, AZ
    Posts
    20
    Here is a preliminary test fit of the wing to the fuse. I will probably not cut out the access hole in the bottom of the fuse, but will make my elevator and rudder servos accessible from the top/cockpit area. This is because the scout's servo mount location was just under the wing, and these wings don't allow enough space to mount the servo's beneath the wings. My other option is to take a cue from the Spitfire, and mount the servos in the fuse just forward of the elevator. This will probably be determined by how the plane balances out with C pack power pod, 2200 3s battery, etc.

    Next weekend's efforts will focus on modding the scout's rudder and elevator to mimic the shape of a P47. Then I will have to balance and determine servo locations as mentioned above.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 20180110_142012.jpeg   20180110_142001.jpg  

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Central NJ
    Posts
    551
    Looking great so far!

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    Mesa, AZ
    Posts
    20
    Jpot1, thanks!

    I had a couple of spare hours this morning, so I did the tail section...
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 20180111_152126.jpg   20180111_152101.jpg  

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Yuma, AZ
    Posts
    593
    Liking it!! Cheers!!!

  8. #8
    WWII fanatic Grifflyer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    Northwest Florida
    Posts
    718
    Awesome Work so far
    Always remember this when you are struggling with something, "It is possible.....just not in a way you know yet".
    check out my Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtx...o5Z9_6b-uVZpgQ

    designs Bell P-39|Grunjet
    building D.520|Grumman XF5F|Grumman F-9

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    Mesa, AZ
    Posts
    20
    Servos are installed. I made an access hole under the cockpit area to glue them in from the top.

    Balance is currently pretty nose heavy, but I am hoping that changes once I get the fuselage shaping and cockpit installed to give it some sexier curves.

    The power pod from my Scout (B pack) fits nicely for now.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 20180114_232843.jpg   20180114_232902.jpg   20180115_005337.jpg  

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •