It’s slightly crowded,
but there is plenty of
room to secure all of
The P- 47 now comes with preinstalled retracts
and flaps. This release also has a new paint
I used the
throws and center
of gravity (CG),
flights, I set up
switch for each
dual rate and slightly increased the throw on my ailerons. The
recommended throws work well and I would keep them at
that until you’ve flown the P-47D Thunderbolt several times.
I set my CG at the recommended setting of 60mm. I don’t
recommend moving it back until you’re comfortable with it.
I like the way it handles at the 60mm point and will leave it
The moment of truth finally arrived and the P- 47 rolled
down my grass field with authority. I was able to keep the
tail planted with full elevator until I was ready to take off,
but be careful if your grass is long. The wheels are only 25/8
inches and don’t like tall grass.
Easing off the elevator had the tail up and ready to leap
into the air. The retracts came up nicely and I knew that I
was going to enjoy watching this airplane fly almost as much
as I was going to like flying it.
I wish I could tell you how challenging the test flight
was, but there just weren’t any surprises or problems, and
that was a very good thing! It was relatively gusty, but
the little Thunderbolt handled it perfectly thanks to the
AS3X system. With AS3X stabilization, it doesn’t feel as
though you’re fighting the system. It dampens out some of
the bumps from the wind and makes the flight look much
Within seconds of leaving the ground, I determined that
the CG was right, and seeing that there was plenty of power,
I went into aerobatics. This model flew much bigger than
its diminutive size would suggest. I attribute that to the
AS3X system. Loops, rolls, inverted, stall turns, and Split S
maneuvers are all within the normal flight capabilities with
the given power setup and settings.
I was curious about the four-blade propeller, but it carried
the airplane beautifully through all of the maneuvers and
it adds to the aesthetics. Horizon Hobby did a great job of
matching this propeller to the motor/battery combo.
Stalls were a pleasant surprise. The wings are nicely
proportioned and they don’t abruptly stall. The P-47D
dropped its nose without any indication that it might snap.
Recovery was easy and I knew landings wouldn’t be scary—
especially knowing it would slow down well with flaps.
I flew out my timer set for 5 minutes and had plenty of
power if a go-around might be needed. On landing, the
only challenge is keeping the airplane
from tipping up on its nose in the grass
during rollout. It’s not a problem if the
grass is short.
I love flying this airplane; it’s as
simple as that! My buddy, Wayne
Parrish, flew it for my photo runs and
he said, “It just doesn’t have any bad
habits.” I agree completely!
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