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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:27 pm 
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Thought y'all might enjoy this. I bought an Alfa ARF P-47D with the included parts for retractable gear and flaps...but I didn't like the paint scheme. So I repainted it as Gabreski's HV-A using an airbrush, aerosol cans, and more masking tape than I'd like to admit.

The only decals are the national insignia and the red "No Step" panels on the flaps.

I've also added a servo slowdown module so the gear retract like the real ones, not flipping up and down like in some cartoon.

It flies at about half throttle, and wide-open does about 80mph. Scary, but fun!

Sorry if the pictures aren't great. My camera's packed up so I used the one in my phone. Hope you enjoy!

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As it came from the box and...

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The completed plane!

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A second view.

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One of the pictures I found online showed him with 31 kills, but I think he's only officially credited with 29. Oh well.

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Flaps deployed.

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Gear retracted.

What can I say? It was fun!

Brandon

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That looks great Punisher.
I would be so afraid of plopping down $$ on an RC aircraft.... I would SO crash it!!!
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Thanks Mark, it was a lot of fun to build. I know what you mean about being scared to fly the thing though. The initial elation of seeing it fly during the maiden flight was quickly replaced by "Oh crap...how do I get it back down again?"

Right now I have to get a new motor for it. I had a 2-blade installed for my initial flights in case I had to belly it in due to landing gear issues. When I strapped that honking 4-blade to it, I overloaded the motor and smoke came rolling out.

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You did know to reduce the prop diameter as you added blades right? :)

Looks good. Get some pictures of it airborne next time you get to fly it.


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