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Old May 06, 2013, 09:06 PM
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Eitherway $50 in glass will fix it up. I'll probably use my west epoxy but really tempted to just use polyurathane.

By the time I fix all the cracks all the balsa will be soaked in CA anyways!
I've used polycrylic minwax to glass several times, but it does take a bit to dry relative to epoxy finishing resins. But minwax works and is lighter. Though, epoxy is still stronger.
I glassed a Fly Fly f-86 90mm foam jet with minwax and it took me only an evening to do the entire plane.....did 3 coats of minwax.

I have finishing resin for a different very large project that needs as much strength as possible out of the glassing as the wings for this thing are holding a ton of weight all the way out at the tips(rotatable power systems).....think v-22 for weight at tips, just its not a v22 I'm making.....using ducted fan type setups
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Old May 17, 2013, 10:51 PM
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An update on the ESM quality debate, I lost my Sea Fury due to a failed throttle servo and messing up the subsequent emergency landing
So i bought another from the same shop (they have great service) got it home and unpacked it and found a few quality issues, one wingtip was bent and the covering was creased, the edge of the centre section had a similar fault
Straight back to the shop i went and exchanged it for a Top Flite P40, now this has not completely put me off ESM planes, in fact i would still consider another one.
However it does confirm to me that quality controll at the factory is not a high priorty
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Old May 12, 2014, 09:08 AM
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I know this is an old posting, but I got to say, I have had the Hanger 9 B25 with 6s, 10,000 amp and sound system came out to 21pounds!!! And was still a great flying airplane.

But as one of the posters stated, it starts to look like crap quick, and thats how I feel about my Top Flite modles.

I have 2 Top Flite Gaints (P51, and P40 lost my P47 last year) and while I love them, I really think that ESM is a great buy! My p51 has 3 years on her and looks like she is very battle scard, and I hate how the covering wrinkels at an event.

But I think I will fiberglass it this winter, so it will be like haveing a new bird.

Im currently building the ESM B25 with 2 ASP 180 4c converted to gas, while I know this is a much bigger bird, I would have to say it builds like any TF I have worked on and the hardward is not all that bad. Yes it is taking me 2x as long to build vs a TF but I think it will look better 2 X as long.

Im looking for a new 50cc corsair, and while I love the Hanger 9 corsair, Im scared of it being so soft like my other hanger 9 products. And the TF price is getting very high these days.
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Old Sep 30, 2014, 06:47 AM
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I just purchased the TBM B25 and am very disappointed with the build instructions. There are none that I can see. I received a bag of hardware and that is it. Looks like I wasted $300. Can anyone help me with this build? Thanks.
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Old Oct 01, 2014, 02:25 AM
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I just purchased the TBM B25 and am very disappointed with the build instructions. There are none that I can see. I received a bag of hardware and that is it. Looks like I wasted $300. Can anyone help me with this build? Thanks.
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If you're referring to the electric 63" B-25, the manual is here: B-25 manual
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Old Oct 14, 2015, 10:19 AM
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Esm 95" b25

Can someone please take a measurement from their ESM 95" B25 for me?

I am trying to find out the inside diameter of the engine cowls. (measured midway, not at the cowl flap opening.)

Thanks!
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I just purchased the TBM B25 and am very disappointed with the build instructions. There are none that I can see. I received a bag of hardware and that is it. Looks like I wasted $300. Can anyone help me with this build? Thanks.

Here is the larger versions manual: http://www.troybuiltmodels.com/items...5-95faf.html#6

Keep in mind as most ESM planes the manuals are not the greatest and most ESM planes benefit from improvement. They are classified as ARF's but they are are not as simple as Top Flite or Hangar 9. They can be made into decent planes with some work. There are some great build threads on RCU with lots of good info on improvements people have done with great success.

Pic of my modified electric ESM B-25
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Old Oct 15, 2015, 09:46 AM
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Can someone please take a measurement from their ESM 95" B25 for me?

I am trying to find out the inside diameter of the engine cowls. (measured midway, not at the cowl flap opening.)

Thanks!
Mine are mounted on the plane but I could give you an outside measurement of the middle if that would help? Could do later tonight when I get home.
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Old Oct 15, 2015, 02:46 PM
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Mine are mounted on the plane but I could give you an outside measurement of the middle if that would help? Could do later tonight when I get home.
The would be very generous of you. Thanks!
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Old Oct 15, 2015, 05:06 PM
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The would be very generous of you. Thanks!
Here is a picture for you. The vents didn't allow me to get dead center of the cowl but you can see it is 19.5 where I measured and it doesn't get much bigger any farther back. Maybe a 1/4 inch bigger, maybe..

Hope that helps.
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Old Oct 15, 2015, 08:54 PM
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Here is a picture for you. The vents didn't allow me to get dead center of the cowl but you can see it is 19.5 where I measured and it doesn't get much bigger any farther back. Maybe a 1/4 inch bigger, maybe..

Hope that helps.
Thank you very much!
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Old Oct 24, 2015, 09:18 AM
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ESM B25 Quality Issues

I received my ESM B25 yesterday. I opened it to find numerous quality issues. They are already shipping replacement pieces but the entire airframe will likely require repainting and fresh decals. There are numerous paint sags and runs. several decals are very crooked and some are peeling and cracking from the air bubbles left in them upon application.

I have many ESM warbirds and this is the first time I have seen issues like this. I am certainly surprised and not very impressed.

I purchase ARF kits so that complete recovering or repainting is NOT required. I am left with the impression I should have built from a true kit instead. It would be easier than fixing some else's poor workmanship.

I will post a couple of pics, but there are many and the camera doesn't pick up some of the paint issues very well. What gets me the most is that someone looked at the nose canopy all scratched and obviously messed up, and put it in the box for shipping anyhow. If that doesn't translate into, "I don't give a **** about my product quality", then I don't know what does.
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Wow, that is ugly
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