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Old 08-15-2009, 10:20 PM
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Hi Ron,

My original goal was to load the battery from the front lower cowl...but the batt would have to sit way back...I thought of a sliding tray but would be too complex to build and adding weight.

I couldn't bring myself to cut a hatch :-( so I am stuck with removing the wing to change batts...it's not so bad...I made a wiring harness that is extra long...so the wing with the harness attached sits parallel to the fuse and can work on the internal components.

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Old 08-16-2009, 12:56 AM
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That is still a good solution - good luck with tomorrows flight!!!
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Old 08-19-2009, 02:39 PM
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Hi Gord - how did your maiden flight go over the weekend? Any pictures??
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:08 AM
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Hi Ron,

Well, the maiden got veto because there is a MAAC rule that states I cannot maiden a plane during an event due to the extra amount of spectators that would be attending this event.

So...I put it off until another day :-(

Having said that I had an issue with another plane with a Turnigy ESC...the timing was wrong the motor lost power on a vertical climb out...she landed hard and the fuse broke in two...needless to say I will be thoroughly testing the HC esc in the P51 before the maiden.

Hopefully this weekend :-)

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Old 08-20-2009, 12:59 AM
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Sorry to hear about your plane. I'll be honest, I do not have much faith in Turnigy ESC for any of my larger/more expensive planes. I always use Castle Creative products. They cost a little more, but I have found them to be more reliable and the company offers the best customer service in the industry. Just a thought.

Hope things work out better with the P51 - wishing you much success!

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Old 08-20-2009, 06:12 AM
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Hi Ron,

Yep...I hear ya...my other planes all had Castle's in them but a few of my buds had Castle's in their bigger planes and 2 of them were a total loss for a grand total of $4,000.00, another club member has nothing but Turnigy's in his planes...small and a 90 size pattern ship and no issues.

The problem boiled down to me not setting the timing to high mode...she had about 4 flights on her before and no issues...the problem happened when I went from about 1/3 to WOT in a split second...the esc timing got messed up and down she went...in thinking about know...if I would have throttle back quickly...let the ESC settle down and throttle up slowly...I might have pulled her up before she hit....lessoned learned...anyways the Yak is back together albeit with a few love bumps.

Let u know how it goes

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Old 08-20-2009, 02:14 PM
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Look at it this way - all our planes have a death sentence. You have just given your YAK one more chance. Good luck!!!
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Old 08-30-2009, 05:19 PM
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Hi Gord - have you maiden the P51 yet?
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:15 AM
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Hi Ron,

Wow !!! can't believe it's been 2 month since your post eek...well today was the day...the sun was to our backs and no wind...the members landed to give my P51 all the airspace...glamour photos were taken...there was a small audience and two video cameras recording the flight....checked the air tank and had 110psi, the 6S 5000 pack was peaked and loaded into the plane, performed a range check, made sure the control surfaces were moving in the correct direction, cycled the gear once....my friend did the maiden...he taxied to the runway...pointed her into the wind...I could barely stand to watch....well...she took off nice and scale like...retracted the mains...did a few circuits at 50% throttle to trim her out...after 5 mins...he applied down flaps and she came in a bit hot and took a most of the field to gently settle her down....whew !!!!

I didn't dare fly her as the wind picked up but my friend says she is very scale like not a power house, flies a bit heavy, have to add a touch of throttle when cornering and comes in a bit hot on landing...cool...just like a real warbird.

Video to follow :-)

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Old 10-05-2009, 02:33 AM
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Gord - I was just thinking about you today. I am very happy to hear the maiden flight went well - that is terrific news. You have spent many hours sanding her to perfection and I am glad it paid off. CONGRATULATIONS my friend.
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:48 AM
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Hi Ron,

Thank-you very much

I am currently building a smaller plane...it's Dumas Dragon Rapide should be finished in less time than the P51.

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Old 10-05-2009, 02:36 PM
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Good for you - I just finished a Top Flight 1/5 scale Cessna 182 and hope to maiden it this weekend :-)
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:20 AM
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Nice...The TF Cessna was my alternate choice but settled for the P51.

Please post some pics...I work forward to hearing about the maiden.

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PS Hobbycity has 6S 5000mah packs for $60.00...that's less than half price of what I paid for them originally
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Old 10-06-2009, 03:35 AM
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I bought (2) Flightmax 3S 5000 from HobbyCity - what a great price. Here are some pics for the TF Cessna 182
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:31 AM
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Nice work Ron !!! love the RC mags in the back seat

How long did it take you to build?

Cheers,

Gord
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:29 AM
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Unlike the P51, this was an ARF. That said, I did a lot of custom additions. Not sure of the total time, but I have many hours into this build.
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Old 10-11-2009, 08:15 AM
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Hi Ron,

Well, I flew my P51 but unfortunately she did not survive...I won't dwell on the gory details but while she was in the air...she flies great...nice and stable and tracks like a train.

After a few minutes of silence...I ran up to the LHS and bought the new H9 Blue Nose P51 :-)

After I put this one together I might consider building a TF P40.

I hope your Cessna maiden goes well.

cheers,

Gord.
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:38 AM
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Hey, that's the way to get over the shock of that nasty incident with our plane-eating tree! The new P51 won't need any sanding, either!
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Old 10-11-2009, 02:56 PM
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Hey Brad,

I think it's slowly starting to sink in albeit a few hours after the Ouch!. This morning....I have flashbacks of the build, sanding, finishing. The fatal moment keeps replaying in my head over and over again like a bad dream

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Old 10-12-2009, 12:35 AM
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Gord - I am so sorry to hear about your P51 - I know the pain having mine crash during her maiden. Now you can put all the building experience you learned on the TF P51 into building the H9. I maiden 3 plans today - including the TP Cessna 182 and they all flew great. What a day at the flying fields.

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Old 10-12-2009, 04:28 AM
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Thanks for your kind words...glad you had a good maiden(s) :-)

Let you know how the H9 Blue Nose is progressing but I suspect it will be a slow build.

Cheers,

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Old 10-12-2009, 01:42 PM
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Aren't they all! Please post pictures along the way.
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:41 AM
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I am debating whether or not to build another P51 and thinking of another Top Flite kit. Having said that if anyone else can recommend a different kit in this size it would be greatly appreciated. I was also looking at the Balsa USA P51.

Thanks in advance
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Old 10-17-2009, 02:13 AM
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Gord - I am so sorry to hear about your P51 - I know the pain having mine crash during her maiden. Now you can put all the building experience you learned on the TF P51 into building the H9. I maiden 3 plans today - including the TP Cessna 182 and they all flew great. What a day at the flying fields.

Take care,
Ron
Ron, I have the TF Gold edition 81 inch nitro plane that was built from a kit (not an arf). It flies great but I have about $1500 into it so I don't fly it very much. I would consider the ARF with a conversion to electric. Could you give me some details on the conversion (motor, ESC, batteries, etc.).
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Old 10-17-2009, 02:17 PM
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I used an E-Flite 110 motor with 2 4S 5000 Thunderpower batters, Castle Creations HV85 and a 16x12 APC E prop. Hope that helps.
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