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Old May 03, 2013, 01:40 PM
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Considering Converting my PZ P-51 to Slope

I thought I would ask on here before I started playing around. I'm going to remove the motor and rebalance it. I'll probably mark it for a couple of different battery sizes.

I have an 850, 1300, and 2200 that all fit. Obviously I don't need that much power, but I have no idea how much weight will be needed.

Other than balancing the plane any other suggestions?


P.S. I have a experience flying power and gliders, just no slope.
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Old May 03, 2013, 02:09 PM
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Use a Nimh or LiFe instead of a lipo on the slope... fire risk of a lipo in a foamie on the slope is nontrivial... please respect that many people *only* fly slope and that a fire at their favorite site might get it shut down forever. You'll need the weight anyways...

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Old May 03, 2013, 08:41 PM
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slopers are built tough with thin wings (EPP or fiberglass). I think you may have a thicker wing that breaks up with "good" belly landings.

You might find your plane is slow on the slope and gets dinged up quickly

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yes there are plenty of 'crunchies' made of balsa, many are re-kitted
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Old May 04, 2013, 11:39 AM
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I remember Model Tech made a balsa P-51 ARF that had both a powered and a slope variant, both with the same wing. The slope version flew okay, if a bit slow.
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Old May 04, 2013, 01:13 PM
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If you like scratch building ... there is always the RCM / Mike Hollister P-51

Which I believe Model-tech based their ARF from ... they were very similar.

Mike Hollister's RCM P-51
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Old May 04, 2013, 02:47 PM
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Use a Nimh or LiFe instead of a lipo on the slope... fire risk of a lipo in a foamie on the slope is nontrivial... please respect that many people *only* fly slope and that a fire at their favorite site might get it shut down forever. You'll need the weight anyways...

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+1. Try to hook up with slopers to find a good slope with the right winds.

Also if u have never sloped it might be good to get some stick time on a Sloper before flying your PZ p51.

Good luck
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I realized after I posted this that the PZ foam probably isn't the best model.

I'll probably wait till I get something meant for it.


As far as locations I live near SF, so I have Coyote Hills down the street from my house which is supposed to be a good place to fly.
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