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Old Dec 13, 2012, 08:17 PM
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Can anyone post a link to a detailed build for this plane? I just got mine yesterday and the wiring (especially through the wings) is ridiculous. I think I may be in over my head...
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 10:49 PM
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bunkx9...check out DriverRX8's build, it's not really a step by step reference like you were wanting but there's something that'll help with your wiring.
Look at the access hatch that was cut out of the bottom of the gondola, directly underneath the cockpit.
Makes wiring MUCH easier!

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1785976

Here's the picture in reference:



You can make it removable as he did, tape over the seams, or glue it back into place.
I would recommend it as pictured, but second choice would be to tape it back on.
If you ever need to get back into there, cutting through tape is a lot easier than cutting through a CA or epoxy seam.
The tape isn't noticeable on either paint scheme, especially if you use the satin finished scotch tape.

Some tips...take a flat head screwdriver and gently push each individual wire into the channel until it seats firmly.
Go in sections and tape over the wires to keep them in place.
Once you get them into the gondola, all you have to do is plug them into your RX.
Some people twist the wires to keep them from bunching and tangling up, I tried it but there wasn't really enough length to the wires for it to be effective.
Basically, I hooked everything up unceremoniously and shoved everything in until it all fit
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 10:29 AM
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Can anyone post a link to a detailed build for this plane? I just got mine yesterday and the wiring (especially through the wings) is ridiculous. I think I may be in over my head...
Bunkx9 - are you assembling a V1 or V2 model?

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Old Dec 14, 2012, 11:57 AM
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Can anyone post a link to a detailed build for this plane? I just got mine yesterday and the wiring (especially through the wings) is ridiculous. I think I may be in over my head...
Fear not! Gear, spars, and painting aside, assembly itself was pretty straight forward. Wiring was pretty simple, actually. On my v1, all the connectors had labels on them, and with wires stacked neatly on top of each other, the wiring channel in the wing was plenty big. I used a tongue depressor to push the wires in place. I was thinking during the final assembly that if I was building it stock, this would be pretty easy.

You must do something about the gear, and cutting a hatch in the lower gondola is a must, but unless you are doing other mods, don't worry about it. Looking at the string of posts, and seeing all that wire is pretty intimadating, but its only as hard as you make it.

I'm not at home now, but when I get there, I'll try to find the wiring layout I made to get it all straight in my head. I'll post it if it will help, but I wouldn't sweat that part of the build...
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Can anyone post a link to a detailed build for this plane? I just got mine yesterday and the wiring (especially through the wings) is ridiculous. I think I may be in over my head...
So I made up this guide to making all the wiring connections, but Iím not sure if it provides clarity or confusion. My kit didnít come with 3-way connectors, but my E-flite retracts did, so I used that to connect my gear, and I used two ďYĒ connectors for the rudders/steering. My diagram shows how to use either setup to connect three servos, and shows how to connect a ďYĒ connector, as well.

All the connectors and wires on my kit had little paper tags with numbers on them, so really all you have to do is mate connectors with like-numbers on them.
One word of caution: Donít go by the numbers on the connectors when you plug the wires into your receiver. I either used the wrong servos for the elevators and rudders, or the numbers on the cables didnít correspond with the slot number on my receiver. The servo and cable for my elevator was tagged ď2Ē, but the elevator slot on my receiver is numbered as slot 1. Vice-versa for the rudder. In any case, once things are fully assembled, make sure that the right sticks move the right surfaces in the right direction (right stick full right makes right aileron go UP!)!

One other piece of advice: If your transmitter has multiple model programming capability, make sure you have the correct model selected when you fly. Some of my planes are programmed to have aileron servos reversed, and some do not. On more than one occasion I found the ailerons going the wrong direction in my pre-takeoff check, and discovered that I somehow had the wrong model selected on my transmitter!

There is probably too much detail in the attachment to see by looking at the preview when you click on the attachment, so be sure to open the attachment in a new window so you can read and see it all! Iíve also added this to my blog at
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...6#post23482627
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Anybody have a couple of stock props and spinners they want to sell???...PM me...

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Excellent diagram.......
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Old Dec 16, 2012, 07:45 PM
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Thank you all for the replies!!!!! Its the V2 model, and my first warbird purchase. I have a few mini EDFs and a Super Cub w/ brushless upgrades. This will be my first plane that requires some major assembly/wiring. Thanks to you guys, I'm managing to figure things out, slowly and carefully.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 09:02 AM
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Where are folks buying these from these days?
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Where are folks buying these from these days?
Good question! Killerplanes.com and Hobby King have them listed as out of stock. Anybody know if they are now out of production?
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 03:26 PM
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Good question! Killerplanes.com and Hobby King have them listed as out of stock. Anybody know if they are now out of production?
At the moment I would say Killer Planes is the only one I know of for sure that is selling the J-Power V2 P-38....Hobby King is selling the V1 models. Not real sure what Nitro Planes and Bananna Hobby are selling....but I do know they are NOT the J-Power P-38.

There must be other marketers selling the J-Power V2 P-38's though...

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Can anyone let me know what would be good motor upgrades from HK?
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So I made up this guide to making all the wiring connections, but Iím not sure if it provides clarity or confusion. My kit didnít come with 3-way connectors, but my E-flite retracts did, so I used that to connect my gear, and I used two ďYĒ connectors for the rudders/steering. My diagram shows how to use either setup to connect three servos, and shows how to connect a ďYĒ connector, as well.

All the connectors and wires on my kit had little paper tags with numbers on them, so really all you have to do is mate connectors with like-numbers on them.
One word of caution: Donít go by the numbers on the connectors when you plug the wires into your receiver. I either used the wrong servos for the elevators and rudders, or the numbers on the cables didnít correspond with the slot number on my receiver. The servo and cable for my elevator was tagged ď2Ē, but the elevator slot on my receiver is numbered as slot 1. Vice-versa for the rudder. In any case, once things are fully assembled, make sure that the right sticks move the right surfaces in the right direction (right stick full right makes right aileron go UP!)!

One other piece of advice: If your transmitter has multiple model programming capability, make sure you have the correct model selected when you fly. Some of my planes are programmed to have aileron servos reversed, and some do not. On more than one occasion I found the ailerons going the wrong direction in my pre-takeoff check, and discovered that I somehow had the wrong model selected on my transmitter!

There is probably too much detail in the attachment to see by looking at the preview when you click on the attachment, so be sure to open the attachment in a new window so you can read and see it all! Iíve also added this to my blog at
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...6#post23482627
Very nice diagram, certainly make things easier for noobies to follow, nose steering had to go on a seperate channel for most people so that it can be stopped when retracted and trimmed out separate from rudder.
Diagram should be pinned to start of this forum for convenience.
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Good idea, Nigel. I don't know how to do that, but I'll figure it out when I have a chance.
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At the moment I would say Killer Planes is the only one I know of for sure that is selling the J-Power V2 P-38....Hobby King is selling the V1 models. Not real sure what Nitro Planes and Bananna Hobby are selling....but I do know they are NOT the J-Power P-38.

There must be other marketers selling the J-Power V2 P-38's though...

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My Hobby King Version 1 was labeled as "XUAV" on the box. No other indication of branding. The manual doesn't have any branding in it, either.
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