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Old Feb 07, 2011, 04:07 AM
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FMS P-51D v5 My New favorite!

Though this plane is a ARF, it took me a long time to assemble and adjust. I spend days to dynamically balance the stock spinner; also had to route the spinner back plate to lessen the gap between cowl and spinner and allow use of two blade prop.

Other improvements include:
Upgraded ESC to Turnigy Plush 60AMP - stock one popped at WOT
Cut cooling air exit hole behind radiator scoop
Shimmed landing gear for forward rake and adjust gear doors
Shimmed Motor mount for more downward thrust line
Bent rudder push rod to reduce binding
Loc-Tite all motor screws and re-tighten
Gorilla glued the firewall to foam bulkhead - reduced motor wiggle
Painted cowl to match yellow trim color - stock was to dark
Painted 4 blade prop tips yellow - stock used stickers
Reinforced all control surface hinges with tape
Glazed all edges with heavy duty clear tape for dent resistence and make plane glisten in flight
Taped wing joints at bottom for strength and also covered all under wing cavities for lower drag
Polished canopy with rubbing alcohol for better clarity and sharper definition of frame
Gave "Goofy" the pilot a make over, now he has bigger eyes, strong eyebrows, and goatee beard
Using APC 13x10 Prop for longer flight time and faster top speed


This P-51D Marie flies like a pattern plane now.
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