Hangar 9 P-47 Thunderbolt Exclusive!

Hangar 9 P-47 Thunderbolt Exclusive!

Hangar 9 P-47 Thunderbolt

We just got this in and right now we are the only one with it.  This great looking Hangar 9 P-47 warbird is very large and is a top quality build.  This is our first shot once we got all the pieces out on the workbench.  We are going to do a continuous build thread here so be sure to check back often.

Hangar 9 P-47 Thunderbolt  Hangar 9 P-47 Thunderbolt

We are adding retracts (a must have on a scale bird like this) and the Hangar 9 cockpit kit with a full pilot. We are going with the Evolution 40GX gas engine, Spektrum transmitter, receiver, servos and some great looking Robart Retracts.  Stay tuned…..

Updated: July 16, 2015 — 11:12 AM


  1. I’m jealous John!

  2. Please stop calling the assembly of some poor Chinese guy’s work a build. It’s an assembly and at most a mod.

    1. Thank you Dave V. – ARF’s are NOT a build! An assembly at best. What ever happened to a review of a raw kit and the “build” process. Until you “BUILD” a model aircraft from scratch or from a raw kit, spend months putting it all together and standing on a flight line with your thumbs shaking on the TX a model airplane enthusiast doesn’t have a clue at what is at stake. Deep pockets and ARF’s or RTF’s vs. balsa dust and hard work…. I’ll take the kit every time.

      1. True, my hands will not be shaking as much as they would if I built it from scratch, but never the less they will be shaking quite a bit.

  3. Looks great, what’s the wingspan? When willit be available and r what price??

  4. John, You get all the fun stuff!!! You gonna race this year?

    1. i was at a race this weekend in AZ :-), I do plan on doing a lot of racing this year, but we will see how that works out.

  5. I would like to hear more about the cockpit kit, also. Thanks!

  6. You should be doing a P-51 RED TAIL !

    1. I did the cover one 🙂

  7. can i have that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Hey Dave a build is a build. It’s all a matter of extent. You build a house from scratch? Not for the last 100 yrs at least. You build a sandwich?… Hmmm DId you make the bread & bologna yourself? Get off your high horse. I’ve made’em from scratch, kits & Arf’s & they all fly the same & are a heck of a lot of fun to put together…aka build.
    Keepem flying John!
    P.S. Looking forward to the cockpit phase myself also

  9. Hey you guys knocking ARFs, I’ve been in this hobby a very long time and love building and making things. BUT, there is building AND there is flying. I’ve got planes in the workshop I’m building but I love to be able to get a great plane to fly while I build the others. I love engines too but find the electrics just so convenient. There’s more than one aspect to this hobby, just enjoy the ones you like but please don’t knock the others. As they say, to each his own.


    1. ARFs are a great way to get into this hobby, and they look great.
      We can all get along; Model Airplane News always has a construction article and a new set of plans for all of our scratch builders in every issue.

  10. Electric Motors and ARFs for large Scale? Sheezle, that’s a far cry from the traditional hard core old school nature of large scale R/C aircraft building… and, it pretty much changes the demographic of the people at your club who may be showing up with a “scale” aircraft these days.
    Is it getting to the point where the guy who can detail his composite ARF best is the “scale builder”? IMHO, a scratch built, or short kit built scale model trumps any ARF, anyday.
    Still, these giant scale ARFS are great for the guy who has no building experience, or no building skills, and a chunk of cash.

  11. Sorry Guys,
    I have been away for a couple of days. I did not mean to imply that I was building like a scratch builder, not at all. The terms build means – “ to make something by joining parts”. Transitive verb to make a structure by putting the parts of it together. When I used to build from scratch and when I talk to scratch builders, they and I refer to it as built from scratch or scratch build. Now when I say this is my latest build I mean just that, I am making this P-47 by joining parts, true, not as many and much larger parts than a scratch builder would have. However, when it is laying there on the table, out of the box it looks nothing like a P-47 until I assemble the parts or build it. 🙂

    I do agree with you that it is more like assembling it because the part fit is outstanding! I can’t argue with Dave when he said “assembly of some poor Chinese guy’s work a build” but I can say that that guy is one hell of a builder”.

    I hope everybody keeps following this assembly; I will be sharing more images and video in the next few weeks.

    Would like to see some pictures of you guys next to your post, tired of looking at my ugly mug all the time.

  12. Hey John

    I am just finishing up on my Hanger 9 P-47 Thunderbolt. She is a beautiful plane and I’m sure you will be happy with yours when it is done.

  13. Amen to John’s “We can all get along” statement. I have a whole basement full of planes built from scratch or kits, and I relish the memory of each “build” process, most of which occurred over 25 years ago. However, progress in this hobby is undaunted, and the amazing advancements in technology have their place in any endeavor. At 68 years of age, it’s much more difficult to build (or repair) a plane from scratch when your eyesight isn’t what it used to be. Electric power, along with RTF and ARF choices, has also made this hobby a lot more convenient and attractive to newbies who would love to fly. The abundance of replacement parts for almost any model now allows newer pilots to repair their planes easily and decreases the huge turnover that existed in R/C years ago. In our hobby’s case, “they don’t make ’em like they used to” is a statement that we can be thankful for!

  14. This is an awesome hobby! There is so many different areas people can get involved. You have sport,, 3D, pattern, war-bird, scale, gas, glow, electric, free flight, gliders, powered gliders,micro, indoor, outdoor, night flying, float flying, combat and all sorts of helicopters. I’m sure I’ve missed several others. They can be made of balsa, foam, fiberglass, carbon fiber, plastic, paper and who knows what else. Of course there are also different ways to prepare a plane for it’s first and future flights.

    There is endless possibilities!

    I don’t like or participate in all of them but I love to see people come out to the field and just fly. It is so rewarding!

    Thanks John! I have the Hangar 9 P-47D Thunderbolt 150 (HAN2700) on a 12 cell lipo set-up. It is a sweet plane!

  15. John Reid: It’s good to see you took the time to define the difference between “build” and “assemble.” Often we see cars “assembled in USA, with imported parts.” When a writer gets terms mixed up, it places the accuracy of the entire article in question. I’ll keep reading YOUR articles in MAN!

  16. I cannot wait to see this finished. What is the wingspan? I assume this is the 150 due to the size of the motor you’re putting in it.

    As far as build versus assembly… I think the comments here are ridiculous and I can’t even believe someone had to make it. Do we have so much time on our hands that we get nasty due to semantics? Without the arf option I could NOT be in this hobby. Doing a kit build would take so much time away from my family that I would eventually regret. I love the sport and all of the options we have that make it possible for a guy like me be able to enjoy a nice sunny day with a plane in the air.

    And yes after I spend 20 hours putting something together that was advertised as an 8 hour build I do stand at the flight line with shaky hands. My hard earned money and my beautiful plane on the flight line about ready to hit the open sky!

  17. Thank all of you for your comments, the finished video can be found here: http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2012/02/15/hangar-9-p-47d-thunderbolt-30cc-flight-video/

  18. I’m from Brazil, i losted the right wing of this p-47 hangar 9 30cc, someone knows where i could find a new wing to buy?

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