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Top Flite P51 Build and conversion

Old 10-25-2009, 03:00 AM
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Hi Ron,

What do you think of this one :-)

http://www.aero-works.net/store/detail.aspx?ID=379

No sanding !!!

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Old 10-25-2009, 03:06 AM
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Post crash pics mine and my friends TopFlite ARF.
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Old 10-26-2009, 03:28 PM
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I really like the Aero P51 ARF - looks like it has a lot of nice details. Best of all, and as to put it - no sanding!!! Looks like it can easily be converted to electric as well. Are you thinking about buying this bird??
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Old 10-27-2009, 03:35 AM
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I would love to but I would need to sell a few of my planes and helis. The club that I belong to does not have the room for such a big planes :-(

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Old 11-12-2009, 03:21 AM
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Hi Gord,
Have you looked on Ebay for Castle Creations ESCs? I recently purchased 2 brand new Phoenix 60amp for $80 a piece - well under the retail. You may want to check them out. Here are a few pics of my latest planes
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Old 11-12-2009, 07:51 AM
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Hi Ron,

Great looking Cessna !!! I love the mini RC Mag in the back of the seats...nice touch.

Your flying field looks great...nice covered area !!!

I haven't checked out any CC items of late...using mostly hobbycity esc and batts now....have to stretch my rc dollars as far as I can.

I also sold most of my planes that I don't really fly that often...using the extra cash and saving up for a nice HD camcorder :-)

My H9 blue nose is taking longer to complete mostly due to waiting for parts and servos to come in.

How does your Cessna fly?

My friend said he is almost done rebuilding my TF 51, yup he bought the wreck and fixed her up. Hopefully it won't weigh a ton and has more flights on her than me.

Cheers,

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Old 11-12-2009, 02:09 PM
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The Cessna flys great. Was not aware that your TP 51 is being given a second chance - maybe she will act better!. Check out this site if you are in to building "foam" type jets. This site offers free plans and the planes are built out of foam board. I built the F15 and F22 and they both fly awesome. http://rcfoamfighters.com/blog/?cat=11
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Old 11-13-2009, 06:46 AM
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Hi Ron,

I just hope the rebuilt P51 is not too heavy.

Thanks for the links...

My 791 retracts should be here by this weekend for my H9 P51.

Do you have any video of your Cessna?

Thanks,

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Old 11-13-2009, 02:48 PM
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No videos - just a few pictures of it in the air. I would enjoy seeing the pic of your H9 P51 when you have a chance.
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:32 AM
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Hi Ron and Gord,

You guys have quite a dialog going here, but this is a public forum so I thought I'd chime in. I'm building a P-51 model as the first of two models I plan to build as winter projects. Mine is a puny Sig 1/2A conversion which will be far from an authentic reproduction. No belly scoop and no retracts because no landing gear. I'm not a scale builder. This just happens to be one of the few .10 size planes available in kit form, and that fits the size of horse pasture that I fly in.

I read this entire thread last night, and I am impressed with the degree of commitment the two of you have to this hobby. After reading that Ron totaled his P-51 on its maiden flight, I was so hoping that Gord's P-51 would be successful. Sorry to read that both of you have spent untold amounts of time and money on giant scale planes only to see them turn to splinters in a matter of seconds. I guess the big ones really splatter when they hit the ground because of their mass. I think that would turn most modelers away from the hobby or at least dampen their enthusiasm, but you guys continue to press on with even more modeling projects. Perhaps giant scale builders are a breed apart.

Good luck in the future. I will continue to drop in on this thread from time to time. I have never seen anyone else fly RC, so I'm just curious. If everything had gone well with your P-51s, would you have dared to take them inverted within the first few flights?

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Old 11-15-2009, 05:56 AM
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Hey Marc - my hats off to you for taking the time to read this entire thread - wow!!. Although my P51 never made it past it's maiden flight, I learned a tremendous amount during the build process. Maybe one day, I will build another TF P51. How knows, maybe one day you will turn into a scale builder
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:20 PM
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Hi Marc,

Welcome to our dialog

With this hobby no one wants to crash but it does happen. I like to think I am helping the owner of the LHS by paying his mortgage

Here is my list of crashed aircraft

Sapac F22 - dumb thumb - flying inverted into a tree
GWS P51 - Structural - Wing separated from the fuselage
GWS E-Starter no. 1 to 5 - all dumb thumbs
GWS Formosa - dumb thumb - Full throttle into the ground
Multiplex Funjet - Servo failure - Full throttle into the ground
Ultrafly BAE Hawk - Torque rolled on launch
Ultrafly Ultimate - Inside loop into the ground
Heli-Max Ark 400 - Inside loop and roll into the ground
MS Composit Hornet Heli - Nose in hovering dumb thumb into the ground

There are a few more that I can't remember but have the pics somewhere.

To answer your question...I would be too nervous to try and fly her inverted. I save this type of flying for my cheap 3d foamie.

Thanks for your kind words and good luck with your build. Please let us know how she flies.

Ron,

Great looking pics !!!

I was hoping to receive my retract servos this weekend but they haven't arrived yet. So the Blue Nose P51 assembly is delayed.

Spoke with my friend whom is rebuilding my TF51 and he claims it's almost done. Can't wait to see her airborne again.

Cheers,

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Old 11-15-2009, 10:56 PM
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Gord - looking forward to the pictures. Spent the day out at the field in 70+ weather, full sun and no wind. What a great day to fly. Best news is...I came back home in tact with all 7 of the planes I flew!!
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:36 AM
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Well...as you recall...I put my TF P51 thru a tree and sold most of the remains to a fellow club member...well he just finished rebuilding it...and I must say I am speechless..have a look at the pics...hard to believe this used to be my plane.

http://hoods-up.com/forum/viewtopic....8&p=3627#p3627

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Old 08-03-2010, 01:36 PM
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WOW - what a great rebuild!! I was not aware that you put this plane through a tree. How did that happen What are you working on now? I have started a TF 1/5 scale Bonanza kit.
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:33 AM
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Hi Ron,

It was pilot error...I was coming around for a landing and I was so focused on the plane (tunnel vision) I didn't realize how low I was and she hit the top of a tree...I was heart broken as my plane laid on the ground in about 5 pieces...I sold it a few member and he rebuilt it as you seen in the pics.

I am working on smaller project...a Dumas Dragon Rapide :-)

This past weekend I crashed my Phoenix Yak 54...can out of a loop...too slow and stalled the wing. The next day I cracked up my newly rebuilt Logo 10 heli... :-( it's been a rough week.

Bought a E-flite MSR and flying that around the yard....it's so light there is no damage if it crashes.

Please post some pics of your Bonanza build maybe it will inspire me to start a bigger project.

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Old 08-06-2010, 03:09 AM
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Wow - you are having a string of bad luck. At least you got to fly your P51. I stalled my on take-off and that was all she wrote :-( I have started to post my build on the Bonanza forum http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_34...tm.htm#9839095 starting on page 17 - check it out when you have the time. Keep me posted on your build.
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:09 AM
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The build looks great...besides the Dumas kit...I am waiting until the fall to tackle another project.

Cheers,

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Old 08-06-2010, 01:58 PM
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Sounds good - remember, we can't take our money with us, so let's have fun with it now! Enjoy
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