Road to Top Gun — Pedro Sanchez’ Razorback Thunderbolt

Road to Top Gun — Pedro Sanchez’ Razorback Thunderbolt

This year Pedro with be competing in Pro Am Sport with his impressive P-47 Thunderbolt “SNAFU”. Built from a CARF Models the P-47 is beautifully detailed and is powered by a Moki 250cc radial engine turning a  carbon fiber 4-blade prop and a solo hub. Pedro uses Sierra landing gear and wheels, and Hitec 7955 servos and Fromeco battery packs. Pedro has added functional cowl flaps and a pneumatic canopy. The finish is from Tamiya Spray Cans.

Photos by Jerry Smith


Pedro comments: “ I love aviation and enjoy building and flying my warbirds models. This year is my fourth year at Top Gun, the first year I ended up on 5th place, the following  two years I  made it to 2nd place, Last time I crashed so I’m hoping to do better this year. I just finished this airplane and I’m hoping to do better this year. I am flying it often so to learn it and get use to it more in the two remaining weeks before Top Gun. I’ll do my best.”







Updated: April 15, 2014 — 2:04 PM


  1. Very Nice Pedro, Good luck at Top Gun. Craig from St George Utah

  2. It looks great just wish that I could do that good

  3. Well done Pedro,
    you always have the best planes!
    Go ahead and say it, you really won the past two years!

    1. Lol. Thank you cliff

  4. Beautiful, but he needs to rough up the leading edge of the prop blads and scratches onthe spinner hub.

    1. hi jerry you are right Ill do it thanks

  5. I wish you the best of luck at Top Gun

  6. Beautiful lots of luck at top gun, When I was younger they used to do target practice on fire island one day while claming ,one hit the target with his tail he continued in a loop and bailed out ot the top. His chute opened and he broke his leg, They P47 went nose down in the water. All the cylinder heads were mising when they too it away, Thought you might be interested in this event.

    1. Nice history George thank you.

  7. I hope you do well, Pedro. I’m over in Bartow County RC and we all keep up with new planes. Good luck at Top Gun.

  8. Beautiful job. However, my experience in Navy acft evaluations over the last 51 years, most prop acft leading edge of the props are also weathered. Just a suggestion.

    1. Hi jerry. Thank for the tip that’s a good idea I didn’t think of that.

  9. Beautiful model, Pedro. Best of luck in the competition! Can’t wait to see videos…

  10. Hola Pedro, esta muy prolijo tu modelo,espero te vaya mejor este año
    Tengo un P-47 de 1400mm de FMS, esta bonito,pero faltan detalles
    Saludos desde Neuquen Patagonia Argentina

    1. Gracias Carlos.

  11. Nice job Pedro, beautiful airplane, P-47`s are great flying Warbirds !

    1. Hi garrie yes they are thank you.

  12. Totally real that you went with the 4 – blade prop. Fantastic ‘Jug.’

    1. Hi victor. Yeah it look good doesn’t?

  13. No video to share? Great looking P47!

    1. Not yet john but soon I’ll post a video. Thank you.

  14. Good Luck, Pilot.
    Please don’t crash this one… It’s BEAUTIFUL!
    You are definitely a Top Gun Builder.

    1. Hi kenn. Buddy don’t even say that. Is bad ju ju. Lol

  15. Sweet Good luck Pedro

  16. fantastic!!!!!!!

  17. Excellent!! Good luck at TG!!

  18. vert nice plane pedro shanchez!!!!!

  19. Thank you to every one for the good wishes we ll see what happen at top gun

  20. Beautiful! I look forward to seeing it in Lakeland, I will be there!


    1. thank you jamie

  21. Tens um kit desse para vender!Como faço com que faria o contato para fazer o pedido de compra,
    sou da UAI União dosa Aéromodelistas de Itajubá MG Brasil.Obrigado

    1. Hi Claudio Im sorry but I don’t understand what are you saying thank you.

  22. Pedro, does that landing light retract into the wheel well?

    1. hi garrett no it doesn’t its on the side of it into the wing.

  23. It would be even nicer to see a You Tube of this plane.

  24. Is it possible to get Pedros contact information ?

  25. Hi my name is Paul and I have the carf p47 and would like to have it built. I wonder if Pedro might be willing to do that.

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