New warbird project

New warbird project

Final Build Photos

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Submitted By
Fazeel Khan
OXFORD, OH, United States
Build Information
Build Type Kit-built
Manufacturer/Brand Name Top Flite
Aircraft Category Warbird
Model name, number, and/or variant P47
Wingspan/Rotor span (inches) 61 inches
Scale 1/7
Construction Type Built up (wood/fully sheeted)
Propulsion Type Prop
Power System Gas
Gas Engine Brand, Model and Size

Zenoah G20

Propeller (if applicable) Xoar 16-8
Radio System Brand and Model JR 9503
Number of channels utilized 9
Channel functions Throttle, Rudder, Elevator, Ailerons, Flaps, Retracts, Lights
Retracts or Fixed Gear

Retracts: Electron ER30
Structs: Eurokitshop, hydraulic damping

Cockpit/Interior Details
Paint, Covering or Graphics


Scale Accessories
Light System

UniLight lighting package

Smoke System
Sound System
Other Features or Options

Weft weave stencil from Larabesque (FR) for painted cowling pattern. Tamiya paint on the cowling.

Further Description/Back Story

A rectangular box shaped stand-off for the engine was cut from a block of ash. It affords wonderful vibration damping characteristics which combined with the impeccable balancing of the Zenoah, result in an extremely smooth running engine: not the slightest hint of flutter in any of the control surfaces with the engine idling at 1600 rpm.
This was my second build of a Top Flite P47, with the first having a fatal crash after a battery wire broke at its terminal. First time substituting Oratex in place of my preferred Solartex, and it proved equally good. The Electron retracts and Eurokitshop hydraulic struts operated flawlessly at the end of the maiden flight in which the plane flew smoothly and predictably. More than enough power from the Zenoah, which is remarkably smooth across its rpm range – never a misfire or gurgle. Lands smoothly with full flaps, but it’s necessary to keep some power applied till flare due to the large drag.

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