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Posted by Sandancer | Jun 06, 2011 @ 07:37 PM | 24,625 Views
This is my build of the FMS Stuka Ju 87-G! "Construction In Progress"
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Posted by Sandancer | Apr 26, 2011 @ 01:53 AM | 22,224 Views
The cockpit that came with mine (RC Castle) had a Gunner, albeit a member of the B-25 flight crew, and he just didn't look right in there!

I was able to acquire another pilot, and although they were the same, the facial features are a bit different, so I'm passing them off as twins! I had to do some minor surgery on him. That plus a little foam removal at the floor of the cockpit so his head would clear the lower canopy in the rear, and I got him sitting comfortably in the original seat position!

I also followed Tom H's tip and turned the antenna around to the scale inclination. A screw inside the canopy holds the antenna in place.
Posted by Sandancer | Apr 23, 2011 @ 10:30 AM | 21,463 Views
My Stuka was missing the upper magnet in the cowl/fuse attachment point, so this is how I solved that little ditty.

I'm using these 10mm x 2mm rare earth magnets from HK, and they have a surprisingly strong bond when placed end-to-end. Because of the limited space, these work great. There was already a slot in the cowl, so all I needed to do is carve a slot in the fuse, apply some epoxy and slide 'em in.
Posted by Sandancer | Apr 08, 2011 @ 02:39 PM | 24,933 Views
Here is my un-boxing and evaluation of the.... FMS 55.9" STUKA Ju 87G-2!




I ordered mine from RC Castle 3/31/2011 and received it 4/05/2011 EMS to SW Mo. Once again I want to thank Raymond for his excellent service! Mine was delivered in excellent condition, no damage what-so-ever.

Much like the B-25 Tondelayo and the Corsair F4U there is very little to complain about:
--The upper magnet assembly (magnet/steel plate) wasn't installed on the cowl.
--There should be a cover of some kind (clear) to cover the round "Directional Antenna" cavity just behind the canopy.
--The Gunner is a bit on the "Pygmy" side compared to the pilot, who by the way, has no resemblance to FMS's original "Goofy"! The Gunner is actually one of the members of the B-25 flight crew.

NOTE:.....There is an issue concerning the wing hinging! Apparently on some of the early editions the hinges were glued on over the paint, and were coming loose with very little effort. This may have been a suspected cause of the Nitroplanes demo crash? My good friend Bernhard/Beltpilot experienced the same misfortune with his plane as well.
The first thing I checked was the hinges. I found all of mine to be quite secure, but to be sure I managed to work one loose just to see what was going on. It appears the manufacture took the care to tape those areas off before painting on mine, so apparently FMS has already taken steps to correct this issue! I...Continue Reading
Posted by Sandancer | Apr 07, 2011 @ 11:39 PM | 27,786 Views
This is my build of the Starmax 63" P-51D "GUNFIGHTER"!




This is my Walk Around vid of the "GUNFIGHTER"!
It also shows how I configured the 1-piece wing so I can remove it quickly and easily for transport.


Starmax P-51_Walk Around (6 min 41 sec)



UP-DATE 7/08/2011: Starmax Parts Listing:


After conversing with Taft Chen / Vice-President StarMax Technology Industry Limited, I am pleased to present a listing of Replacement parts for the 63" P-51, along with the associated parts numbers.

These listings are posted under the Dago Red version, but Mr. Chen instructed that when ordering, instruct to which version eg: Gunfighter / BBD/ Shangri La / Dago Red you are wanting.

You will need to contact him regarding pricing, and all orders are paid thru Paypal and will be shipped EMS. Also, Mr. Chen noted "sometime factory is busy, so delivery time will be long if there is busy for production other planes"

You can contact Taft Chen at: info@hawkwere.com
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Posted by Sandancer | Apr 07, 2011 @ 11:27 PM | 14,675 Views
Starmax P-51 Nav Lights (2 min 50 sec)


I'm getting the electronics all sorted out, and I've decided for now, I'm am going to use the stock 85A ESC that came with the plane. If it proves to be un-worthy, then I have one of the new Turnigy 85A w/5A BEC ESC I can pop in there. I'm still going to use a CC 10A BEC wired in to power up the Futaba R6008HS Rx.

I have installed a HiTec HS-82MG for the elevator, and a Blue Bird Max BMS-380MG to control the rudder/tail wheel steer (Note: I'm not sure HK carries the 380 in metal gears anymore?) For now I am going to retain the stock aileron and flap servos as they continue to operated flawlessly, and haven't squawked back so far.

I have installed a 14-Pin multiplex harness in the 1-piece wing to assist in an easy and quick way to remove the wings for transport purposes.

I've also installed the Turnigy 3 Channel Servo Speed/Direction Regulator in-line with the Radiator Vent Door.

I have disabled the two Nav Light leads on the stock ESC as I am going to use the Lazertoyz Maxi-Light to control the extensive light system I have installed on the plane. The Maxi-Light will not only control the stock Nav Lights on the wing tips, but the two beacons, one on the tail, and the one mounted on the intake scoop. It also gives me the option of controlling the two landing lights I have mounted on the wheel struts so I can turn them on & off at will. I know the P-51 only had 1 on the port LG, but I had to add an...Continue Reading
Posted by Sandancer | Apr 07, 2011 @ 11:26 PM | 12,441 Views
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Posted by Sandancer | Apr 07, 2011 @ 11:24 PM | 13,561 Views
I couldn't live with those "Bombs/Drop Tanks"?.....or whatever they are, so I set out to change things up a bit!





The first thing I needed to figure out was how to mount the pylons to the wings? Using the recessed area for the original "whatevers" I made a couple of 1/16" mounting plates. To attach the plates to the wings I epoxied two 3mm blind nuts. To get the bend in the plates to conform to the curvature of the wing I clamped them to a form and subjected them to some intensely hot water, and then a nice suntan under the broiler in my oven.

I already had a set of pylons made up so all I needed to do was sand the needed curvature in the base to fit the wing, so I used my oscillating drum sander to achieve that. Once the plates had cooled down I attached them to the pylons with a couple of screws and then mounted the finished pylons to the wings with 3mm x 3/16" button heads.

With the Fourmost Bomb Release I am able to exchange either the 500 lbs. Bombs, or the 75 gal. Drop Tanks....Continue Reading