Republic P-47 Thunderbolt (oz11719)
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P-47 Thunderbolt. Rubber scale WWII fighter model. Scale is 1/16.
Quote: "This model is designed for hardwood construction and gives the greatest strength for the lowest weight..."
Scan from DBHL, cleanup by rchopper56.
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User commentsAnother Towner masterpiece, a complex little plan where those who hate cutting ribs will be happy as those are not to be cut but built up! Same for the lighter-than-light framed fuselage formers, crying out for composite construction. More enjoyment than a 3,000 pieces puzzle plus the plan to guide you :-)
The cockpit seems a bit out of shape but in those times information was sparse so tolerance is a duty, but in compensation those propeller drawings are a beauty. The only thing I don't understand is why is the energy storage system - also known as rubber strand - is canted and not horizontal.
Miguel - 17/11/2019
I wouldn't worry Miguel - if HJ Towner designed it - it will work - one of the all time great model designers - I learned to fly with two of his Wifurskin designs in the early seventies!!
Don Imrie - 17/11/2019
Rubber strand is canted because the rubber retainer dowel is concealed under the scale detachable exhaust box under the fuselage. It makes more simple to change the rubber strands in comparison of the usual side fuselage dowel method.
pit - 17/11/2019
Thank you both! And looking more carefully at the drawing I can see the feature you describe, it's a clever trick. A few weeks ago another plan came up, I can't recall which it was but the designer had made the motor dowel ends coincide with the fuselage roundels inner dots, that was neat too :-)
Don, I saw a Wifurskin in this great live museum, oz7149, but the designer is a "Flt. Lt. J. Bowmer". Would this be an alias for Towner?
Miguel - 18/11/2019
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