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Old Sep 24, 2003, 01:08 PM
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Flying Styro P-40 Video

Hey guys

The latest scale plane from Flying Styro is now available from Hobby Lobby.

As usual Mr. Poduska (the artistic force at FS) has produced a near perfect scale model of one of WW2's famous planes.

The link to the video is:

http://www.hobby-lobby.com/media/FSK021-P40.wmv

Here is a flying shot from this morning.

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Old Sep 24, 2003, 01:09 PM
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Couldn't resist posting another flying shot

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Old Sep 24, 2003, 04:23 PM
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Mike-I truly believed you had posted a pic of the real thing for a moment,what a stunner that model is,wow!

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Old Sep 24, 2003, 04:32 PM
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I just downloaded the video,that looks SO good in the air,very steady flier too,looks like FS have done it again,the scale size prop really gives it the true scale warbird effect.
Thanks for the pics and video.

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Old Sep 24, 2003, 05:15 PM
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If it had a scale figure of Rudy Frasca in it, it would be perfect!

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Old Sep 24, 2003, 06:22 PM
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Looks good but the dihedral looks a bit shallow. Warhawks have a tremendous amount of it!
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Old Sep 24, 2003, 08:51 PM
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Wow, it is beautiful. When available? I'll drop some hints.
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Old Sep 25, 2003, 06:48 AM
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Looks great! I want one, been looking for a P-40 for a looonnng time.
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Old Sep 25, 2003, 01:43 PM
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wow....

I like the pics!

I was looking at Hobby-Lobby for a P-51 or P-40. Is the model made out of foam? How light and fragile is it? I see that you are using ailerons on that turn, how many channels are you using?

As you can tell, I'm fairly new at this and just want to estimate the costs.

Thanks in advance..

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Old Sep 25, 2003, 03:57 PM
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Zaxxon

The P-40 is a hollow molded foam (Depron) plane. It comes pre-painted with a lot of detail parts. The assembly, while not hard, does require more than beginner modeling skills. Depending on how detailed you want to take it, the model can take 15-20 hours to build. It is an ARF in that so much has been done for you, but, it is not an ARF in that there is still a lot to do.

For me, this is one of the things that I really enjoy. After I am done though, I really want it to fly. The P-40 satisfies that for me as well. The model is designed as an elevator and aileron plane. It is very easy to add rudder as the rudder in the kit is seperate anyway. It is not necessary to have rudder but it can help in some aerobatic manuvers.

The P-51 from Hobby Lobby is also a molded foam plane, but it is manufactured by Alfa Models and is almost completely ready to fly when you open the box. 2-3 hours is all that it takes to be ready to fly. The P-51 is also an elevator and aileron plane. It is a little bit larger than the FS planes and has very good flying manners. If you want to go flying without quite as much emotional attachment to your project the P-51 is a great choice.

I have attached another flying shot of the P-40 from yesterday morning.

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Old Sep 26, 2003, 02:52 AM
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Mike, those pictures are absolutely beautiful. The flying style in the video looks to be very scale as well. I've got my P-40 enroute

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Old Sep 26, 2003, 07:15 AM
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I'm a big Flying Styro fan. Built three of their ME109s.
Correct me if I am wrong, but this P-40 is injection molded styrofoam, not depron?

Either way, the thing is dead nuts scale. Just awesome, like the spitfire.
I think they chose very wisely to move upscale. Tom Hunt said it better, about his spitfire: "While I LIKE my GWS Spitfire, I lOVE my FS one." I understand what he means.
What's next for FS?
How do they mold these things? The moldings are SO different from, say, GWS, without all the mold marks...they must use a different process?
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Old Sep 26, 2003, 07:48 AM
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I don't think the planes are molded, but rather plates of depron that are bent/heat formed (okay, form of molding) in shape.


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Old Sep 26, 2003, 08:41 AM
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Flying Styro built a version of the 109 that was injection molded styrofoam beads (same process as GWS). They came out with a new version of the same plane but this time it was vacuformed depron. The newer hollow molded planes have a far superior surface finish to the earlier kits and they are much lighter as well.

To clarify, the Bf-109E, Spitfire MkIX, P-40N, are the most recent of the Flying Styro kits that are vacuformed depron. The wings are hollow with internal spar. The modeler glues the right and left wing halves (each pre-built with spar and ailerons in place) together along with the spar joiner and reinforcement.

Hope that this clears this up a bit.

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Old Sep 26, 2003, 09:36 AM
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Is this made by Alpha Models?
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