P-47D Thunderbolt (oz4735)


P-47D Thunderbolt (oz4735) by Walt Musciano from American Modeler 1961 - plan thumbnail

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P-47D Thunderbolt. Control line scale model. Fox .40 engine shown. Subject is the plane flown by Bob Johnson, fighter ace from Oklahoma. Scale is 1/12.

Quote: "How to Build a Control Line REPUBLIC P-47D.

Republic's P-47 Thunderbolt was one of the largest, most successful single seat fighters of the second world war. Generally considered a development of the famous P-35 and P-41 pre-war designs, in reality the P-47 was much more powerful and heavier with a maximum loaded weight of over 17,000 pounds - more than twice that of other contemporary single engine fighters.

Powered by a 2,300 horsepower super-charged 18-cylinder Pratt and Whitney engine, the P-47D attained 429 miles per hour at 30,000 feet, had a rate of climb of 2,780 feet per minute. Its range was 950 miles.

Over 12,400 'D' Thunderbolts were constructed (out of a total P-47 production of 15,700 aircraft). The D, by far, was the most widely used Thunderbolt. It was during production of this series that the bubble canopy was introduced on an American design; therefore P-47D's could be seen with or without the bubble depending upon when they were built. The amazing ruggedness of the Jug was its outstanding quality. Virtually all of the leading Thunderbolt Aces survived the war; this was due, in part, to the ability of the plane to absorb terrific punishment and still limp home saving its valuable pilot.

The eight wing-mounted .50 calibre Browning machine guns could tear an adversary apart with one burst. When used as a dive bomber the P-47 carried two 1,000 pound bombs or three 500 pound bombs. Long range drop tanks could be substituted. Rigged for level bombing runs Republic's joy could carry half the load of a B-17 Flying Fortress! Thunderbolts dropped over 130,000 tons of bombs, fired over 135 million rounds as their contribution toward winning the war. Ten 5-inch rockets were carried by some Thunderbolts during the final years of the great conflict.

Ace Bob Johnson piloted several different Thunderbolts during World War Two. Our plans illustrate the last P-47D he flew before he was ordered home. Unlike the earlier planes which were camouflaged, this particular craft was left natural aluminum. The twenty five crosses beneath the cockpit were increased to twenty eight before the Ace left for America. Close-up photos of a P-47 are scheduled for the next Air Progress quarterly on sale August 31.

This one inch to the foot scale produces a plane which can accommodate any powerplant from .29 to .60 cubic inch displacement; the deep cowl will hide almost any model engine.

Wing construction construction is started by cutting spars, ribs, and joiners. Cement spars to joiners, when dry, add ribs - except Nos 8 and 9. Lower covering is assembled by butt-joining along seams to form correct chord dimension. Cement lower covering to ribs and spars. Bend music wire landing gear struts, attach to plywood support with 'J' bolts..."

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Update 23/07/2016: Replaced this with a clearer plan at 400 dpi scanned from fullsize print, thanks to JJ.

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P-47D Thunderbolt (oz4735) by Walt Musciano from American Modeler 1961 - model pic

  • (oz4735)
    P-47D Thunderbolt
    by Walt Musciano
    from American Modeler
    September 1961 
    41in span
    Scale IC C/L LowWing Military Fighter
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 12/08/2013
    Filesize: 4665KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: Anthony WorKman, JJ

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