Affectionately dubbed "The Jug," Republic’s P-47D Thunderbolt was a swift, multi-role fighter that was as much of a menace to ground targets as it was enemy aircraft. Its rugged airframe, armored cockpit and eight .50-caliber machine guns allowed its pilots to fly into the teeth of heavy fire, devastate a ground target and still make it home despite significant damage.
ParkZone has brought The Jug to life with this great flying scale recreation that comes out of the box with details like a simulated radial engine, molded panel lines and a realistic 404th Fighter Group paint scheme. It’s even set up to let you easily add the option of functional flaps and retractable landing gear. And you can bet it flies every bit as good as it looks. The 15-size brushless motor and E-flite® 30A Pro brushless ESC that are installed for you will provide more than enough power for high-speed strafing runs and sport aerobatics.
Best of all, you can have this Bind-N-Fly® version flying in the time it takes you to charge the included battery pack and bind its Spektrum™ AR600 receiver to your full-range DSM2®/DSMX® aircraft transmitter. A minimum of 6 channels will be required if you want to add the optional flaps and retractable landing gear.
You will need a 4+ Channel DSM2/DSMX compatible Transmitter. 6+ Channels are required for flap and retract functionality.
For Retracts, you will need 10-15 size electric retracts (EFLG100). For simple installation, also use the pre-bent struts (PKZ5317).
For Flaps, you will need two (2) SV80 servos (PKZ1081).
Parkzone has done it again! I purchased the BNF and added the retracts & flaps. Right from the start I could tell Parkzone had put together a quality foamy. All the parts fit together like they should to create a very solid plane - definitely heavier than my P-51 which should help on those 5-7 mph breeze days.
Take-offs are easy - with or without flaps. I fly from a baseball diamond & there is plenty of room for take-offs & landings. The gear look real - no quick snap - a smooth retract & deploy. The flaps definitely make a difference for slow flight but aren't totally necessary for short landings (like on a baseball diamond). It likes a little more throttle than my P-51 but it is a heavier (in a good way) foamy. Plenty of power for climbing out - I wouldn't change a thing!
This is my first airplane after learning to fly with the Super Cub. It was a very easy transition from the cub, with the exception of a couple of times trying to use the rudder and got aileron instead. It is heavier and faster than the cub, but more fun to fly with much better performance. It lands a little fast for trying to put it down on the infield of a baseball diamond, but with some practice and the addition of flaps it should get easier. The only problem I've had was with the tailwheel. It wasn't glued well from the beginning and came apart after about five landings. Easy fix and was back in the air the same day.
This is my first 4 channel plane, it is very easy to fly and the replacement parts are affordable. I have not had to purchase any yet, knock on wood. I also started on a Super Cub.
I currently have all of the Park Zones, and really love a select few of them like the T28 which is one of the best flying aircraft I have ever piloted, even compared to many giant scales. But the P47 has upped Parkzone's legendary T28 in several areas. First off the construction is better, from the servos for the elevator and rudder, carbon reinforced horizontal stabilizer, elevator design, and even the magnets in the canopy. Then you get flaps and retracts as an option which take this bird to the next level of fun. It flies pretty awesome and likes high power dives with tons of speed. But the coolest thing about the P47 to me is throwing both transmitter sticks to 1 O'clock and watching it go into an amazing tumble which turns into a knife edge spin that instantly stops when you release the controls to neutral. I have since installed an E-flite Power 25 with a larger ESC and this plane SCREAMS! And no flexing, it is really solid!
I bought this plane and took it to the airfield. It flew very straight right out of the box with very little trim. It's easy to fly but I would make this at least your third airplane because it is pretty fast for a warbird and without flaps it landed a little speedy. Not terrible by any means and you certainly can fly this with ease I just think you can have fun with a cheaper plane like the Wildcat to learn on. I have added flaps and retracts to my Thunderbolt and it was a lot of fun and easy to do. Get the wildcat for a second and this one for the third, also I have the T-28D Trojan and I really love it too. The tricyle landing gear makes grass landings a breeze for the Trojan.
This plane is absolutely fantastic. It came packaged extremely well and everything was in perfect condition. The one hour build time is for someone that is taking their time and takes several breaks. There is NO glue required and everything fits perfect and flush for a real professional finish. All of the electronics were installed and the all the pushrods and clevis' were already in their proper location. The binding process was simple with my DX6i and once bound everything looked very centered for just out of the box. I set the throws, checked them twice and took it out to the field. It takes off beautifully in grass or on pavement. It only required 2 clicks of up trim and 3 right on aileron. This plane is very agile, climbs well and is pretty fast. It will fly quite slow without dipping the wing for landings (without the flaps engaged). The only thing I would recommend, is to put something a little more visible on the bottom and top as the plane has a tendency to get washed out in the sky.
It is expensive, but worth every penny!
This airplane looks like the real thing, with very authentic decals, outline, and shape. And it flies great, like an aileron trainer, with mild aerobatics. I just love this model in every aspect.
I can tell you honestly that my first flight didn't go as well as I expected since I hit a power line, but to my surprise the fuselage was in perfect shape without a scratch on it. The wing was broken on both sides including a snapped wing spar, but $40 later I had a new wing setup and transferred the old parts right to it and, voila!, I was at it again! This time I bought the flaps and an extra battery to go with it. This is a great model even for a first time flyer. I would recommend this airframe to anyone and everyone. You will not be disappointed!
Convinced that I could fly after a couple months of practicing on the simulator, I purchased the P-47 against the recommendation of the shop owner. I have to admit, he was probably right. The plane is beautiful, but a bit more of a handful than compared to the simulator. The T-28 probably would have been the better bet. Maiden flight didn't go so well. As I was trimming it out an aileron failed in the middle of a turn and I couldn't recover. (Called Horizon Hobby and they sent a replacement servo and painted cowl at no cost!) Put a new wing, prop and cowl on it and took it out for my second flight. It went great! I was much more confident. I would highly recommend a large, wide open park without trees, poles, or swing sets if you are a beginner. I don't regret buying the plane, but would have done well to find someone to help with the maiden flight.
I took an extra tick off on quality as my copy of the plane has a slightly warped vertical stab. Doesn't seem to effect flight, but looks a little goofy. Look forward to my next ParkZone purchase.
It is very heavy with retracts, and short landings without flaps is for the birds or your wallet. The wing is pretty solid in the air but not so much on the ground. It is very fun to fly; just be careful with this heavy duck.
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