Road to Top Gun: Titanic Thunderbolt

Feb 14, 2013 4 Comments by

A well known regular to all the RC action and excitement that is the Top Gun Scale Invitational, Eduardo Esteves is shown here with his wife and caller Ana, with his beautiful and very impressive  P-47 Thunderbolt razorback built from a CARF-Models composite kit. The Thunderbolt’s wingspan is 110 inches and weighs in at 62 pounds. Finished with Klasskote epoxy paint, the model is a replica of the P-47 flown in the second world war by the Lieutenant Steve Pisanos, (known as the Flying Greek.) Eduardo became friends with Steve while attending the 2010 Warbirds over the Rockies event in Colorado.

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The P-47 took one year to complete and was built at Frank Tiano’s shop by Denny DeWeese. Some special features like operational Cowl Flaps, scale exhaust and landing light mechanism were made in Brazil by Octávio de Paula. The impressive cockpit interior is from the Propag Team from the Chech Republic. The Thunderbolt is powered by a Moki 250cc radial engine turning a Xoar 32x 18 propeller.

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4 Responses to “Road to Top Gun: Titanic Thunderbolt”

  1. Jim Slaughter says:

    I have watched Eduardo fly this beautiful beast! It is truly impressive. He is a lucky guy to have a great support crew with Ana!
    The pictures were taken at our Bay City Flyers, AREA 52 flying field in Land O Lakes, FL

  2. Edgar Rodriguez says:

    Sencillamente Hermosos el P-47, Tengo uno pero no como ese….

  3. Roger says:

    beautiful airplane to say the least, but except flying, its a prefabricated airplane, and everything is done for him, so my question is this , is this called team scale?

  4. ED Minczeski says:

    What does cost to have someone build a behemoth like this for you?
    Ed – Jackson Hole

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