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Old Dec 14, 2014, 10:46 PM
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Old Dec 15, 2014, 01:13 AM
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G'day Maj,
Tamiya XF 16 is a good paint match for the silver as well.
I would simply use the light weight filler. Deluxe make a very good product specially designed for foam models. I do not know who stocks this stuff in the States.
The product is called Wonderfill.
www.deluxematerials.com

I managed to stove the nose of my F4U in pretty bad but I fixed it with this stuff, another Deluxe product Foam Armour over the top of the fill and then the panel lines cut in with wet and dry paper folded on edge and then painted.
A week later, the model won a trophy for best foam model at show. Peoples choice.

Regards and respect
Daryl
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Old Dec 15, 2014, 12:27 PM
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I have used a damp cloth and the better half's steam iron to remove.

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There is an optimum temperature for the hot water method, I think around 87 degrees Celcius that stops the gator skin from happening but it's a tricky position as you'll have to submerge the whole wing which may or may not make the cells expand. If you do a google search you'll find the link to RCgroups thread by the guy who worked out the best temp.

I believe applying ice or a freezing spoon for example quickly after submerging can stop the cells from expanding.

If it was me, I'd be going the spackle method, less risk as I hate the gator skin look, and you can sand it out nicely and touch up with paint.

Good luck

Regards Ben
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Yeah Baby!!!!

Flew the pony with the 580kv and prop shims today. Very pleased with the results!!!

It's not a rocket, but then again the real P-51 had a propeller, so I'm not looking for Mach 5 anyway. It's definitely got more punch, slightly noticeable speed increase, better pull in the vertical, but the "gas mileage" improvement was the big bonus!

Static WOT tests showed it peaked at 74 and settled at 71amps. So knowing it would drop amps in the air, I carefully made sure not to go full throttle until one complete pattern. She flew fantastic and after exactly a 5 minute flight I landed with a cool motor, barely warm battery, and 48% juice left!!!! (In a 3600 4S)

Like I said, "not a rocket", but definite performance improvement and less battery drain. Win-win!!!! I now have the set up I wanted.

Thanks LICobra!!!!
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Old Dec 15, 2014, 07:37 PM
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There is an optimum temperature for the hot water method, I think around 87 degrees Celcius that stops the gator skin from happening but it's a tricky position as you'll have to submerge the whole wing which may or may not make the cells expand. If you do a google search you'll find the link to RCgroups thread by the guy who worked out the best temp.

I believe applying ice or a freezing spoon for example quickly after submerging can stop the cells from expanding.

If it was me, I'd be going the spackle method, less risk as I hate the gator skin look, and you can sand it out nicely and touch up with paint.

Good luck

Regards Ben
On my old Parkzone Stryker I dipped it in boiling water for 5-10 seconds, then ran it under cold running water for a bit and smoothed the surface with my thumb. Also, Foam Tac - Foam Finish works GREAT!!!!!!

http://foam-tac.com/

Beacon Adhesives sells it but I didn't see it on the product list even though we bought some back in October.
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Old Dec 15, 2014, 11:25 PM
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Flew the pony with the 580kv and prop shims today. Very pleased with the results!!!

Like I said, "not a rocket", but definite performance improvement and less battery drain. Win-win!!!! I now have the set up I wanted.
Beamer.....I'm glad it worked out for you, now when your ready to have your P-51 fly like a real stallion.........we'll set you up with the 4258 on 6S and then you'll see what WEP really stands for....
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