Scale Aviator International Magazine Issue 3 - Page 8

Hangar 9 ARF Gets Rivet! Usually I build from kits, plans and three view drawings but I’ve wanted to scale out an ARF for some time now. The new Hangar 9 P-47D seemed a good candidate for this. It’s all sheeted, is reasonably close in outline to the full scale and as it turns out, a number of molded fiberglass components under the covering. My goal was to scale it out in every reasonable way I could think of, finish it in a scale paint scheme and perhaps even compete with it. Knowing the airplane is structurally sound and a great flying model before getting started was an unexpected comfort. Right out of the box I taped it all together to see what I had to work with, determine what needed to be done and how to go about it. I wanted to paint this model and don’t care to paint over plastic covering. I much prefer painting over glass or fabric. So off came the covering with the help of my selected WWII pilot and the real work began. PREP WORK There was much work to do before any glassing though. To start hiding the exposed control connections to the tail, I pulled all the control tubing in to the fuselage and re-routed it inside to the tail. To gain access to the controls I made the rudder removable with a single hinge pin while making scale hinges. Then set about making the elevator hinges scale replacing the CA type provided. The elevators have 8