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Written by Stuart Josephs   
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 20:55

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STEVE KENDALL'S P47G Thunderbolt Snafu 60 built by Stuart Josephs

STEVE KENDALL'S P47G Thunderbolt Snafu 60 built by Stuart Josephs

 

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Another maiden flight coming up soon for Steve Kendall. I've recently completed building Steve's Snafu 60 P47 Thunderbolt.

 


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It's a Seagull Models kit, powered by a NGH GT17 Petrol Engine with a 15 x 8 wooden prop. Wingspan is 63 inches and overall flying weight around 11 lbs.
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The engine is installed inverted and fits completely inside the cowl. I've extended the exhaust a little so it vents outside.
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Staring early June I spent about six weeks building the model, but it could easily be completed in just a few days if worked on continually. The kit went together well. Particularly good are these control horns, which fit into the precut slots.
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Wing, fuselage bombs and cannons supplied. The cannons fitting into the factory made holes. As you can see I've added a little combat weathering.

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I would have liked to have used a 14 channel receiver but settled for a 7 channel and used Y leads where the servos are paired. A Just Engines Opto Kill Switch is also fitted. In total there are 3 batteries. 2 x 5 cell NMH to the receiver via a Powerbox 12 Switch, 1 x 5 cell for the ignition and 2 x AA cells to power the LED wingtip lights.

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In the cockpit I've fitted the ignition condition LED and an electronic rev counter.

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The kit is supplied with retracts, each leg opertated by its own servo. In total there are 9 servos.

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Usually with scale war birds quite a lot of weight is required at the front to get the CG correct. However, this model needed none at all. Positioning the three batteries at the back of the fuel tank and one just behind the firewall made the CG spot on.

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Looking forward to the maiden flight, which weather permitting should be later in August