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Posted by drjay | Feb 28, 2014 @ 02:49 AM | 1,853 Views
I made some notes of my experience with the Parkzone Corsair. This model has many issues and design flaws uncharacteristic of a Parkzone/Horizon Hobby model. I kept thinking of selling it and then kept tweaking the modifications to fix fault flaps, battery tray, wing connectors, landing gear, landing gear covers etc etc. I also upgraded the weak stock motor and battery to a Scorpion SII-3020-1110kV motor and TP 3300mAh 4S battery and as a result now it looks great and flies like the proverbial bat out of hell, doing about 90mph on the radar gun.

The link to the build log thread is here:

The link for the strut cover modification is here:

Corsair F4U (Palm Springs Air Museum) walkaround
Posted by drjay | Feb 25, 2014 @ 06:42 PM | 1,532 Views
Here are a few notes on my Habu 32 build - will eventually post a more complete thread.

No need to use a servo reverser for the elevators - just install both servo arms in the same direction and mount the support brackets for the guide tubing appropriately. See photo below.
Posted by drjay | Feb 24, 2014 @ 02:16 PM | 2,104 Views
Here's a quick build log for the shelf I built for the back of our Toyota Sienna. This allows transport of additional aircraft without having to take off the wings.

Posted by drjay | Feb 24, 2014 @ 03:33 AM | 2,400 Views
I made strut covers for deficient-looking wire strut covers that came with the stock Parkzone Corsair. The wire struts are a major weakness of Parkzone models.

Details of the strut cover modification are posted here:

The main RCG thread for this model is:

My own, more detailed build log is:
Posted by drjay | Feb 24, 2014 @ 02:29 AM | 2,563 Views
I have posted a number of images of real aircraft to assist scale modelers in detailing their aircraft. I focused on the smaller details, as in-flight images and overview shots typically are readily available on the internet.

B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber (Palm Springs Air Museum)

YF-23 Stealth Fighter prototype (Northrup) (Western Museum of Flight, Torrance, CA)

P-51D Mustang Red Tail (Palm Springs Air Museum)

P-47 Thunderbolt (Palm Spring Air Museum)

B-25 Mitchell Bomber (Palm Springs Air Museum)

Corsair F4U (Palm Springs Air Museum)

F4U-1D Corsair (Smithsonian Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Virginia)

Me 262 (Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C.)

Spitfire Mark VII (Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C.)

P-51D (Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C.)

Messerschmidt BF-109 G-6 (Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C.)
Posted by drjay | Jan 02, 2014 @ 01:32 AM | 2,086 Views
Just assembled this model. Although many at my airfield tried to convince me to purchase the larger B-17 model, I got the smaller one and have been quite impressed. It flies on rails with plenty of power and and fantastic detailing (other than the chin turret and tail gunner guns). The design and build are well done.

See here for my build log: