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Old Feb 01, 2013, 11:24 PM
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Parkzone P47D mod to B

A month or so ago, a fellow flying an FMS FW-190 accidentally flew through my beloved P-47. Quite a spectacular mid-air collision I must say! I was tempted to just toss the chunks in the garbage and buy a new airframe. The flaps were destroyed. The more I got to looking at it, however, I decided to GG it back together, make new flaps from balsa, and do a few other mods to make it better anyway. It did fly again and did very well, but I wanted a bit more. Seeing ParkFlyer Plastics mod kit to make the "bubble top" into a "razorback" really piqued my interest...especially when they included also a scale-size pilot and new instrument panel. I ordered the $17 kit and started the mod. I also wanted to model an actual fighter, but it needed to have some cool nose art. Callie Graphics helped me out with that! My wife wasn't too happy, but I told her this was an "historical" aircraft and to lighten up! LOL. Here are my pics of the transformation. Problem is, I am so taken by this plane now, I'm half afraid to fly it and risk messing it up! Oh well.... Thanks for the great kit, Park Flyer and the fantastic decals, Callie!
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 09:33 AM
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Well I finally maidened the modded plane last weekend and man, she was a handful to control! Before the mod, she was the best flying plane in my collection. I landed it without incident (except for major heart palpitations). When I got it back to my shop, I checked everything...nothing unusual, then checked the balance. I don't know how this happened but it was really tail heavy...so heavy, I had to add 2oz of weight to the nose to get it even level on my CG machine. What I can't figure out is what happened. The new parts are feather weight...almost nothing, plus I removed a piece of foam for the canopy mod...again,, almost no weight.. I havent flown it yet, but I'm not happy about having to add weight
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