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Old 01-21-2012, 05:35 PM
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Default Airfield 800mm P-51 repaint

So I received my new 800mm Airfield P-51 a week or so ago. One of the club guys picked up Airfield's 800mm Tempest at the AMA Expo, put a 3 cell in it, and we all enjoyed seeing is screaming around the skies. So some guys started discussing trying some pylon racing with these since they're relatively inexpensive. So I didn't hesitate and ordered my Mustang, but I knew for pylon racing, a stock looking one wouldn't do.

Callie Graphics has just the thing, as they offer graphic sets for both Strega and Voodoo for the P-51. I'm already (Barely...) working on a Strega in a larger balsa project, so I had to do something different and ordered graphics for Voodoo.

I just dry assembled the pieces for a photo-op I couldn't miss. Meet Mini-Me!

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So here are the pieces taken apart> Everything that was in the box:

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First came the sticker removal. Dang those stickers a stuck on there good! Better than the paint! I also removed the exhaust stacks, which were also stuck on there good. i chipped and cracked one of them, but I don't think it will be too noticable.

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No self-respecting air racer would show up without streamlining their plane, making all the fasteners and panels flush, removing those speed robbing gun ports and protruding nav lights, and smoothing the foam mold lines at the leading and trailing edges. I think it will also help in applying the stickers! :

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I also had some paint come off easily from the nose. Even while sanding, I noticed the blue paint seemed a bit gummy in some areas on the foam, and here where it came off the nose, too.

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That's it for now, but I can't go without a special thanks to Mumblinaviator and his Airfield B-25 repaint thread which really helped me with his info and some inspiration to get going. Thanks Mumblin!

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Old 01-30-2012, 01:36 PM
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Excellent start! Taking it to the necessary next level with the body sculpting and shaving. I've always loved the look of the voodoo, so ill be very interested to see this develop.

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Old 02-04-2012, 05:32 AM
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Ugh... Not a very fast moving project... Anyways, Reading through the RCGroups threads on the 800mm size FMS planes, I've learned CG and thrust angle can be issues.

My prop shaft looked at least straight, if not a little to the left, so I removed the motor to check it out. Here's how to get the motor out. You just loosen a set screw on each side of the motor with a small phillips screwdriver, through holes on both sides of the fuselage.

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There are only 3 screws holding that mount to the firewall. I found only a paper thin metal washer under the top left screw. I replaced it with a thick plastic one I think I got with some other motor.

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And here's a pic of just the mount in the nose. Notice the rest of the blue paint came off the nose. hopefully some light sanding and the primer will prevent that from happening again.

I couldn't find Mumblinaviators suggested primer, but after a few tests wound up using one called Killz. Some Testor's primer didn't melt the shipping package foam (I'm assuming it's the same foam the plane is made of!) but was grey, so I thought a white primer would make the colors pop more. And the Rust-o-leum primer melted the foam some. I've primed the wing and horizontal stab's and spinner so far. I still have to cut an access hatch in the nose to fit my 3 cell battery, and to get it far enough fwd for correct CG. Then I can prime it. Here's where I learned this:


See post 47 there.

Saw someone flying one of FMS's 800mm series A-1 Skyraider this weekend. He put in a 3s batt, and it was really moving, outpacing his buddies much larger F-35!
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