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Zack Baughman
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#1 Posted: 2/4/2011 11:16:33

I posted this in the Homebuilders forum, but figure I might get some more replies and insight here.

I'm interested in hearing some opinions/experiences about/with the W.A.R. series of homebuilt warbird replicas.  There doesn't seem to be too much useful into on the web at the moment.  There appears to be a somewhat new website being constructed here:  http://www.waraircraftreplicas.com/, but many of the features are not yet complete, and the info is somewhat sparse.  I also found this, which has a bit more info:  http://warbuddies.homestead.com/  It has more info than the company site, but even so, it too seems to be lacking in really good info and details.  While there are numerous links to builders' websites, most of the sites are outdated and offline. 

Do any of you have first hand experience with the W.A.R. replicas?  Built one, bought one, flew one, building one, have the plans, etc?  I'd love to hear what you have to say about them.  I'm particularly interested in any P-47 replica experiences, but if you have any first hand experience with any of the designs, please chime in. 

Thanks for any and all info!

Zack

 



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Brett Brown
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#2 Posted: 2/4/2011 14:28:27

I dont have any first hand knowledge but I know of one that is being built. There is a group of EAA members, sorry I don't know the names, that are building the Corsair. They are working on it in the Vintage Air Museum hanger in Fort Worth, TX. Hope this helps.

Brett



Zack Baughman
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#3 Posted: 2/4/2011 14:49:05

Actually, that helps a lot Brett - much obliged!

Zack



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Robert Dingley
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#4 Posted: 2/6/2011 00:33:29

Zac,

Back in the 80's, I was flying out of Houma, LA (KHUM) and a gent hangared a WAR P-47 there. He flew it on  weekends and evenings. I estimate that it did about 125 KTS in the pattern. Some of the guys who were not flying went over to his hangar before he put it away. They said it had a 4 cyl Lyc and workmanship was good. Always something to see at Houma. Corkey Fornoff sometimes did an impromptu show in his BD5J.

Bob



Zack Baughman
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#5 Posted: 2/7/2011 10:39:50

Thanks for that info Bob.  Does anyone know of any W.A.R. P-47s that are currently flying?  I've come across some photos of an all-metal W.A.R. Thunderbolt that was being built that was at Sun 'n Fun some years ago - does anyone know anything about that airplane?

Zack



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Mike Dean
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#6 Posted: 2/11/2011 05:39:14

Zak, have you checked out this site: http://warreplica.homestead.com/

 

I think it's the "old" factory site. But it's still up & running, and has some good stuff.



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#7 Posted: 2/11/2011 12:13:12

Zak,

 I have a P-47 on gear 60% ?? complete. Includes canopy, cowl, four blade prop, fuel tank, instr panel with instruments, etc. plus

I have three sets of plans including one set for the Razorback.

cvett78@msn.com

Thanks, Jim



Robert Daniel
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#8 Posted: 2/11/2011 21:05:10

Zack,

I bought 2 sets of plans one for the WAR Seafury and one for Corsair.  I worked on the Seafury up until 2000 and then donated it to Wichita falls school district.  Jim Kerr of Santa Paula, Ca (1986), was the owner of the company when I bought the Seafury plans serial no. 27.  I found building the aircraft relatively straight forward, I got about 50% complete when I gave it to the school.  The main portion of the construction is wood with some steel components, foam and fiberglass provides the shape.

I sold the plans for the Corsair several year ago.

The plans are full size and need to be cutout.  Standard hand tools and woodworking equipment .

Cockpit is relatively small and not much room for many instruments

I'm presently working on Titan T51 and can't wait to get it in the air.

 

   



Lee Taylor
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#9 Posted: 2/12/2011 21:10:37

There was a WAR P-47 in Florida that I flew down to and took a look, with an idea for buying it.  I don't know if it is still available or not, it WAS NOT a pretty bird, very crude, but I thought it could be cleaned up without too much work, 

   If you are interested, email me at   tdpilot@gmail.com, and I can forward a whole bunch of detail pictures.  Don't know if I still have the guy's email or not------think I do.  



LeeTaylor
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#10 Posted: 2/18/2011 08:30:38

Public thanks to Lee Taylor for sending me a tremendous number of photos of a W.A.R. P-47, and to Russell Myles for sending me a plethora of articles and photos from his time owning a W.A.R. P-47.  Is there anyone else out there that has owned one, looked at one, built one, flown one, etc?  Please chime in with your thoughts about the design, what it was like to build/fly, etc.  For that matter, anyone that has been involved with one of the W.A.R. designs, please reply.  Since the designs are largely the same with cosmetic differences, I'd like to hear your thoughts as well.  Thanks!

Zack



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John Fischer
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#11 Posted: 6/1/2011 00:06:11

Zack,

 

I have the plans for a WAR Corsair, and a factory made spar setup.

The corsair is pretty far daown on my list of projects.

Fist I am rebuilding my Yak-52, Then one of my three L-5's, Then one of two PT-19's and a BT-13.

Inbetween if there is time, I have a static display Fouga and F-86D to restore.

Not to mention, I need  time to get my pilot's lisence (currently working on a glider rating).

 

You mite try subscribing to the Yahoo, War builders form.

The current owner of WAR is a regular poster on the site.

 

Last year there was a WAR P-47 on ebay, but it did not sell.

 

Good Luck

John Fischer