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Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Feb 05, 2016 @ 06:05 PM | 882 Views
Coming together after a "few" hours work. I hastily put it together just to see how it looks. Need to make the struts and paint them, then flat paint, add wing rigging, engine, and detail. Most of the major work is done. I'll post more build pics as I get time.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Dec 16, 2015 @ 05:47 PM | 1,653 Views
After flying electric for a couple years I decided to try a nitro bird and picked up a used Hangar 9 Sopwith Camel in the classifieds. It's a work in progress, but it should be air worthy by the next flying season here in the Northeast.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 08, 2014 @ 02:38 PM | 1,997 Views
After a "lovely" winter here in Pennsylvania we reached a whopping 40 degrees and I got to maiden my HZ Super Cub today. I bought it totally trashed. Added ailerons, 480 Brushless Motor and 18 AMP ESC leftover from a P-51 I upgraded. I replaced the rudder and elevator and took the dihedral out of the wing with glued in carbon fiber spars. A bit of paint, nav lights, some Army decals, and walla it's my trainer for new flyers who would like to try they're hands at the sticks (trainer cord required) ;-} and some relaxing flying for me.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Apr 28, 2013 @ 10:03 PM | 2,341 Views
"Well, it's for sale. I've flown it twice and twice I belly landed it in the tall grass because of not being able to handle it well enough to feel comfortable using the retracts and landing on the pavement. It will be much more appreciated, I'm sure, in the hands of one who has the experience and confidence to fly it the way it should be, fast and sure. I don't have the heart to take a chance on destroying it."

This is what I wrote in April of last year but since there were no takers I decided to try my hand at it again after buying another P-51 that was damaged and adding landing gear to it so that I could practice with it instead of the P-51C. I was able to learn how to fly a war plane and get some of my foibles out of the way before flying the P-51C with all that fear and trepidation. It helped though the P-51C is a heavy bird and has to be under a good bit of power to have a controlled landing. I have made several successful flights and more importantly, landings, without destroying it. It's a blast to fly and looks great with a low level pass, wheels up, and barreling along the deck.

It's one of a kind, the Berlin Express of the 357th flown by Bill Overstreet. It has the following installed:
Turnigy G10 Motor
2200 MAH Battery
Eflite 10-15 retracts
Robart Steerable Tail Wheel Retract
Working Flaps
K&A Models P-51B/C Canopy, Malcom Hood Version
Cockpit interior with radio and cables to antenna
Resin hollow cast and custom painted pilot
Rudder Servo
Custom Decals by Callie Graphics
Carbon Fiber reinforced wing
Cone modified for four blade prop

I used Horizon Hobbies SV80 Servos and actuators and did not skimp on any of the parts used in the construction of this plane.

You can look at my previous post to see photos or see the retracts in action here.
ParkZone P-51 Retracts in operation (0 min 44 sec)

Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 20, 2013 @ 09:30 PM | 3,411 Views
Here are a few more items, photos and cut out diagrams, that may be of help if you decide to add retracts to your Parkzone P-51 or any other foam plane for that matter, the same principles apply. I printed the diagrams out, cut out the silhouette of the part I needed to make the cavity for and taped the sheet of paper to the wing where I wanted to make my cuts. I used a router with a 1/4" straight bit set at the depth I needed to quickly and cleanly (clean cut, not a clean job, do this outside if you'd rather not sleep on the couch for a night). Use the photos as guides. I didn't want to angle the landing gear so if you do it proto-typically, be prepared to cut into the fiber wing reinforcement. I embedded a 10 mm carbon fiber flat into the wing underneath the wire chase. You can also angle the gear but you get closer to the leading edge of the wing and I was concerned about breaking through with the router. I'll add more description to the photos and diagrams as time permits....Continue Reading
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 19, 2013 @ 11:19 PM | 2,707 Views
Here's a quick video of the retractable E-Flite Landing Gear and Robart Steerable Tail Wheel in action.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Feb 25, 2013 @ 08:50 PM | 2,767 Views
I've been working on my P-51 and turned it into C model with retracts, flaps, and a new paint job. I flew it twice before making the modifications. It turned out pretty nice so now I have reservations about flying it. Once I log several thousand hours on the simulator I should feel more confident...