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Old Mar 04, 2015, 05:58 PM
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My P51 has well over 100 flights on it now and is quite nice to fly. The only bad habits it has are the same as all other warbirds and are not hard to overcome. I really enjoy flying it and still fly it now and again but when not out at the club field it hangs in my home bar.
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Old Mar 11, 2015, 09:11 AM
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I do hate to see this thread die. After reading it all ! From what I have read its obvious what most the probs are. First and I am not insulting anyone, is the pilots trying to fly a warbird without enough experience on the sticks. Secondly if you over power and increase your wing loading, it is not the models fault.
For those still flying this nice Mustang, Pls dont leave us newer owners. I just recently got mine from a LHS, so obviously there is probably still quit a few around...tks.... DJ
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Old Mar 11, 2015, 09:54 AM
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I do hate to see this thread die. After reading it all ! From what I have read its obvious what most the probs are. First and I am not insulting anyone, is the pilots trying to fly a warbird without enough experience on the sticks. Secondly if you over power and increase your wing loading, it is not the models fault.
For those still flying this nice Mustang, Pls dont leave us newer owners. I just recently got mine from a LHS, so obviously there is probably still quit a few around...tks.... DJ
olwarbirds......Well....you got the gist of it right, it obviously takes a certain skill level to keep it flying with it's inherent fully optioned wing loading......and don't worry, your not alone....
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Old Mar 11, 2015, 10:24 AM
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olwarbirds......Well....you got the gist of it right, it obviously takes a certain skill level to keep it flying with it's inherent fully optioned wing loading......and don't worry, your not alone....
Good to hear brother, hope yall thaw out soon so you can get some flying in without having to use snowski lg
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Old Mar 11, 2015, 10:35 AM
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Yep,

Mine is 95% done and has been hanging on the wall for at least a year waiting for me to finish her up and get her in the air. I'm a good pilot, but I will admit to being a little intimidated.

She will fly by summer!

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Old Mar 11, 2015, 09:15 PM
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Yep,

Mine is 95% done and has been hanging on the wall for at least a year waiting for me to finish her up and get her in the air. I'm a good pilot, but I will admit to being a little intimidated.

She will fly by summer!

Mickydee
It's really not that bad, you just can't slow it down (as much as a foamie) in tight turns or there's a possibility to drop a wing tip......especially on the downward leg going into your last turn before your final approach.......the rest is gravy.
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Old Mar 12, 2015, 12:29 AM
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I agree Tony, you can't slow this model down to much on final turn downwind, I found flying it in worked for me instead of floating to a flare. The flaps work well and I've only 3 flights on mine thus far, and I still have not went WOT. I was not comfortable enough to slow down and do the usual pre-flight or pattern test and land...... checking the ESC and Batt or motors for heat.
It's getting warmer and already I'm out flying in yard with micros heli's and planes. I'm waiting for snow to melt. I went to fly at field this week and it's muddy and wet so no hurry.
Tony, do you have one of the micro mustangs to fly? I've been cycling batteries like a candy dispenser with many flights in yard, I'd love to fly the bigger models I've built in past weeks it's trying my patience. Can I join you out your way when I break out my Mustang again? Knowing you have one makes me a little more at ease...... and you get to hear the whistle you gave me. I finally installed it cause I almost forgot I still had it..... Thanks again Tony!
OLwarbirds when I think about it, most of the guys I know that use to have one?????......kinda like you said........the skill was not there, and most went from foamy to directly this model. Poor choice instead of a lighter balsa kit with more room for error.
I found myself jumping into models I was not ready for and gratefully, I had the wise decision to not push the issue. Owning numerous other models to fly with less concern...... gave me more time to improve my skills . Recognizing your limits is a "Major fact" that can save you mucho bucks with this hobby. I've seen Many, Many wrecks in cans at clubs fields. Mechanical or lockout is the most used complaint but I know dumb thumbs when I see one. I can say honestly in past that I'm not the only stubborn one, who keeps plowing threw thinking I know everything regarding my plane. Yep, my plane that goes a hundred miles an hour LOL.

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Old Mar 12, 2015, 02:10 AM
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The Last time out.

Here is mine in Oct. 14, the last time I had it out. I am just waiting for the runways to get smoothed out and I will have it out again.
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Old Mar 12, 2015, 02:45 AM
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Nice collection there. I see your mustang had the treatment for dulling. I bought the cans of stuff thanks to you , I have not had the opportunity to do either plane with any real scale but that dull coat . looks sharp. It looks to new with the glossy look.
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Old Mar 12, 2015, 06:01 AM
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Terry...when the snow is melted and gone, bring out the P-51 and well do some flying together. maybe at the beach parking lot, because there's plenty of room for those fast long rollout landings.

I had a micro P-51 up until recently, but flying it inside the gym with less experienced pilots, it just didn't have a chance.......as I had to weave in and out, and above and below them to avoid them from crashing into me.....needless to say the airspace was very crowded.......sort of like trying to make time on southern state parkway during rush hour....but I'll get another one, as one can not be without a P-51 in every possible size...
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Old Mar 12, 2015, 06:10 AM
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I have worked in the hobby industry on and off for alot of years. Been messing around with planes since the late sixties. If I didnt work so much at the VA hospital I would probably still be working at the LHS. I have seen and crashed more planes than I now remember. The new planes with all the flight assist stuff are nice but I do think they also have a seriously bad down side in the fact that they give new pilots a false since of talent/experience. I've seen it in the shop many times, new pilot wants a Mustang or other warbird as their first plane or second plane after flying one of the asx etc style planes. Unless they have done a good bit of sim time, this is normally a disaster. I use to put on the sim in store and show them what they are getting into, but of course you still get the ones who dont wanna listen.
I am currently just getting started building my Stang, only thing I still need is the retracts. Been lucky here the past few weeks. We have had some decent flyn days and I have been getting some nice maidens in. Soon as the fog clears here this am, I will be heading out again to do 2 more maidens FMS B-25 and PT-17.
Tks guys for responding and keeping this thread active .. I am sure that I will have a few questions once I get further into my build. Mine had been on the shelf at the LHS for around 4 yrs and I was really surprised that the covering had hardly any wrinkles in it. I am going with a NTM propdrive motor pwr 32 equivalent, first time I am tryn out a HK motor....hope all my flyn bros up north get a good thaw and warmup so you can get started on your maidens soon... DJ
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Old Mar 12, 2015, 08:25 AM
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Here is mine in Oct. 14, the last time I had it out. I am just waiting for the runways to get smoothed out and I will have it out again.
cobra, planes look good. I am going to dull coat my P-51 this year, what did you use to dull coat yours. Nevermind I looked back, and saw that you used Testers dullcoat. Looks great
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Old Mar 12, 2015, 12:24 PM
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............ The new planes with all the flight assist stuff are nice but I do think they also have a seriously bad down side in the fact that they give new pilots a false since of talent/experience. I've seen it in the shop many times, new pilot wants a Mustang or other warbird as their first plane or second plane after flying one of the asx etc style planes. Unless they have done a good bit of sim time, this is normally a disaster. I use to put on the sim in store and show them what they are getting into, but of course you still get the ones who dont wanna listen.
... DJ
Well said and true. How helpful the sim is in my experience with a heavily loaded wing is debatable. Nothing beats an instructor and a gradual build up of skills. The payoff is a great flying plane that keeps you interested.... like this P-51

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