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Jul 22, 2001, 03:42 PM
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Ryan P-47 Razorback flies!

I flew my plans-built Ryan P-47 today. It flew perfectly out of my hands! I had two flights on it today, but decided to ground it for installation of a deans antenna as the long trailing antenna cause the plane to wobble a bit......nothing serious, just want to make sure I do it right.

Its balsa built up covered with Parson's cloth and epoxy, and painted in Model Masters enamels. Looks great in the air, and flies as stable as Jim's other birds.

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Jul 22, 2001, 04:13 PM
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Very nice!
Jul 22, 2001, 05:16 PM
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Slope Nut, how did you do the decals. The plane looks great!
Jul 22, 2001, 07:48 PM
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Thanks for the compliments. I bought Major Decals in the 1/12 scale and just used them stock. They worked out great. One sheet is large, and consists of letters and numbers. The other is stars and bars.

Jul 23, 2001, 01:39 AM
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Beauty job slope!
Looks even better with her "clothes on"!

Jul 23, 2001, 09:56 AM
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Outstanding job, Greg! AFAIK, yours is only the second P-47 to fly, and it sounds like your test flights went just as well as mine did. I think I recall needing about 3 clicks of down elevator to get mine flying hands off. It's really gratifying when a new project does just what you expect it to do.

I experienced the same trailing antenna quirk that you described. In my case, it was with the 2nd Hellcat prototype back before I made it a regular practice to use a Deans antenna (I had one or two, but I didn't yet use them in all my planes). Not only does it fly better, it looks better without that silly length of wire whipping around behind it anyway.



Jul 23, 2001, 10:21 AM
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Looks Great!!!
Jul 23, 2001, 07:42 PM
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Jul 23, 2001, 07:49 PM
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Thanks for the compliments fellas, it really is a blast and turned out better than I expected. Unfortunately I am out of town for a week and cant fly it until after I return!

On to the BF-110!

Jul 23, 2001, 11:59 PM
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Wow! Its a beauty!!
Jul 24, 2001, 01:09 AM
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Slope N,

Very Cool! You did a great Job. Also, kudos to Jim for the design.


BTW, the landing gear looks a little funny in the photo
Jul 24, 2001, 01:33 AM
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I think it's part of the 'catapult' launcher.

Looks great Greg. You whipped that one up pretty quickly too! Which one do you like better (flight wise) the P47, or the Hellcat? Of course the P47 must be much more satisfying knowing that you built from plans rather than a kit.
Jul 24, 2001, 02:06 AM
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You know what would be really cool? (Don't get me wrong, the plane IS cool ) Put some releasable bombs or drop tanks on it! I've always wanted to build a warbird, but then I heard my Sukhoi calling me, and I couldn't resist...

Looks great,
- Razz
Jul 24, 2001, 10:50 AM
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Originally posted by razzor7:
You know what would be really cool? (Don't get me wrong, the plane IS cool ) Put some releasable bombs or drop tanks on it!

Only problem is what happens on landing. You do have a point that a Jug would look pretty cool with drop tanks, but they'd need to be secured with rare earth magnets so they'd pop off on landing. There's also the issue of added drag.

Jul 24, 2001, 11:47 AM
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