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Old 03-22-2009, 07:48 PM   #1
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Guys,

I hope all is well. I know there is another excellent build thread from Gnascher on this kit, but I thought I would post my latest updates to my construction project. Not sure of proper site protocol, if I am supposed to start a new thread or just add to others.

Oh well....anyway, the plane is a great kit, fits together very well with good instructions. I can certainly recommend it. I have been having a blast!

It's been a slow project for me with kids, work, family, flying time and a host of other responsibilities, but I have been thoroughly enjoying myself.

Just a bit more to go, need to add the control linkages, mount my motor, add a BEC for use with the retracts, and all the final touches including decals, exhaust stacks, etc.

I ordered a pilot and should get that in later this week (I need one to make it fly correctly .) Made a few mods along the way, and sheeted the leading edge of the wing, thought it would stiffen it up a bit and make for smoother lines.

I started covering the wings with Solite, but found it to be too transparent. This is only my second model build and my other used solite too. I switched to some Hangar 9 covering material for the fuselage and it is SO MUCH nicer to work with, and is totally opaque. I may have to go back and recover the wings . I know it's heaver but it is more forgiving and seems to make the covering process easier. It also took the black paint down the nose very well too.

Here's some pics. Will post more as I get closer to complete.

Good flying!

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Old 03-22-2009, 08:15 PM   #2
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That looks real nice I was just looking at the p-51 this morning someone else wanted to make a war bird. What part of ct are you from I'm near thompson just over the line from me in ma.
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:27 PM   #3
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Gramps,

The plane is a very nice lightweight package. You can get all the specs, here
http://www.mountainmodels.com/produc...roducts_id=201

The owner Brian is very knowledgeable and helpful too. If you get the kit you won't regret it.

For my next build I want to go bigger, some other warbird in the 48 to 55" wing span. Need to do some research.

I am down south in Fairfield County, in Fairfield area.

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Old 03-22-2009, 08:41 PM   #4
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If I build this it would be a winter project mountain model makes great kits from what I've read in the threads wish they had a corsair kit.

Ya your down aways in ct.
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:39 PM   #5
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Guys,

Another quick update, if anyone is interested. Finished a steerable tail wheel modification with a micro dubro set up. I know it's not to scale, but it was fairly simple, and I really enjoy taxing around on take off and landing. It works great.

I finished up the retract covers last night, and balanced out the weight which was quite easy. All I need to do is adjust my throws slightly for my maiden.
After I get her off the ground for a test flight I will add my invasion markings and stars and bars.

I know my covering leaves a little a little to be desired, but I am learning more with each build. Next one will be even better.

Hopefully my maiden flight will go smoothly. I've got a lot of hours logged into this baby and I know my adrenaline will be pumping.

Good flying to you all.

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Old 04-11-2009, 03:22 PM   #6
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Looks great! Good luck with the maiden. You guys are really crankin some planes out!

I start shaking a couple of hours before a maiden, good stuff, legal too!

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Old 04-11-2009, 03:28 PM   #7
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Nothing wrong with that covering job looks sweet, good luck with the maiden.
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:47 PM   #8
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I agree with Gramps. Your covering looks great.

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Good luck with the maiden. That is a really great looking aircraft and with retracts too! Well done!

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Old 04-12-2009, 01:58 PM   #10
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Forge, your P-51 looks great! Nice job on it.

If you can, you should think about going to NEAT in September (www.neatfair.org). Brian (MM guy) usually comes and has a booth. The NEAT fair is a great place to see what's new in electric powered flight. I'm not sure where you are in CT (I'm just over the MA line from Enfield), but it would be about a 3 1/2-4 hour drive, as it's held in upstate NY (Downsville/Shinhopple).

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Old 04-20-2009, 12:47 AM   #11
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Guys,

Just returned from FL on spring break with the kids. Thanks for the kind words on my build.

Buzz...I appreciate the suggestion, I may try to make it to the NEAT show, I went to their website and it looks like it would be a lot of fun.

Well, I finally took the P-51 out for a maiden on Fri morning. First I warmed up with my P-47 and flew a few laps to lossen up. Of course the wind started to pick up and I almost scraped the maiden, but I decided to go for it. The adrenaline was racing and heart was pumping

The plane is a really nice design and flies excellently. Hardly any power and the tail rises right up, had to apply up elevator to keep the prop from striking the pavement, then she rose beautifully into the air.

Only a few minor trim adjustments and the plane really handled nicely. I really took it easy, tested the retracts, which work great! You can really feel the increase in speed and reduced drag when they go up Did one barrel roll to test the roll speed and she turned over nicely. Took 3 attempts to try and land, with each pass feeling a little more confident. Finally made a fairly smooth landing on the fourth attempt. Landing gear and plane still intact! The wind was picking up so I decided not to tempt fate with another run. Hardly used any battery power on a 6 minute run. I think it could go 15 mins. easily.

I can really recommend this bird to anyone who wants a great build and an excellent flying plane! I can't wait to get it back in the air for more fun, but the wind has been blowing all weekend long in the NE.

I hope to be able to post up a video if I can get my wife to film the next flight.

Thanks!

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The p-51 video on mountains web was done in strong winds and it flew good good buffeted around a little, but it looked like the plane handles wind good.
Glad ya had a great maiden.
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It's a looker, nice job and congrats !!
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Your P-51 looks great, congrats on the successful test flight.
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Glad the retracts worked for you. It does look nice with the wheels all tucked up out of sight.
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Your P-51 looks great, congrats on the successful test flight.
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Glad the retracts worked for you. It does look nice with the wheels all tucked up out of sight.
Paul,

Thanks for the kind words.

I saw your comment on the other thread on this plane, and I agree with your comments about the retracts being a lot of work for a plane of this size, but I had a great experience figuring out how to set them up, and then seeing them work in action.

We'll see how well they hold up , but I am having so much fun working on these planes. Now I need to find the next one to build. I was considering a Top Flite warbird, but I think I might be better off with something a bit smaller. Would love to get some flaps and retracts going on the next one.

Need to do some research.

Thanks, and good flying!

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Originally Posted by Forge View Post

I started covering the wings with Solite, but found it to be too transparent.

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I'm using CoverLite. The silver is okay but the red is fairly transparent. Also if you overlap the silver with red, in some parts the silver somehow removes the red leaving the red sheet clear. I'm covering the red parts twice using window cleaner to take out the air bubbles and then putting the two sheets on the plane. It's a bit of extra work but it looks fine.

Edit: Scratch that.. it looks fine from a foot+ away but if you look closely you can see small air pockets between the layers of red
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Guys,

Hereís a minute and a half video Iíve attached of Sunday morningís flight. Only the second run with this plane so Iím still figuring out its temperament. I am not pushing too hard and still checking out all systems. I show the retracts in the workshop and the flight video is a little farther away than I prefer, and itís a bit overcast, but my son did a pretty good job with a small camera.

The plane is rock solid. Flies nice and slow if you want and has good speed if throttle up. It floats in like itís on a cloud for landing, as you can see it in the video. It handles great and is very responsive. I really like the way it flies stable at low speed, and Iím sure you could power this plane for high speed if you wanted.

I am very, very pleased after a fairly long build, and totally addicted.

I may just have to buy another one to keep one on the shelf for backup. I know I could build it better and in halve the time if I did it again.

Thanks for looking. I can highly recommend this kit to anyone looking for a great build!

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very nice plane and build looks great retracts are cool and the covering looks good too I myself have not move to that level I'am still an arf guy but I've gotton into converting gas to electric nice job.chris
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Congrats ! Don't get your fingers in the way of that gear !
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