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Old Dec 05, 2011, 04:25 PM
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Funbuild 5: Mountain Models/Molt Models P-38 Lightning (kit build)

My official entry for the funbuild this year is the P-38 lightning. Not crazy off the shelf odd, but I've been saving the build for this occasion. Stay tuned, I will get rolling soon. My plan is to include retracts and some other fun scale stuff.
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Old Dec 05, 2011, 04:34 PM
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Go Dan Go! Gotta love a Lightening. On board
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Old Dec 05, 2011, 04:48 PM
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I'll be watching and building right with ya!
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Old Dec 05, 2011, 05:09 PM
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welcome welcome!

I plan on using twin blue wonder (24 gram motors) along with counter rotating 3 bladed props. I also hope to get some retracts and other scale goodies added to this one as well. It should be a fun process and I hope to end up with a nice fork tailed devil when it's all over with.

Baby #3 popped into my life recently, so my build might be on the slow boat for a bit. Once John says go, i'm all in, or as much as I can be!
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Old Dec 05, 2011, 05:17 PM
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Dan, you might want to take a look at this old (wow, almost 7 years ago) thread about building the MM/Molt P-38. Martin Hunter was an amazing modeler and craftsman, as well as an accomplished pilot. He was also very active here, and a moderator for awhile. Anyway, he designed and built his own retracts for the P-38. Reading through his thread might provide some inspiration for your build.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=312317

Mark
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Old Dec 05, 2011, 05:26 PM
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What ever happened to Martin anyway? It was like he got po'ed about something and just left.
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Old Dec 05, 2011, 05:30 PM
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Thanks Mark,
I've looked over that thread and it's on my favorites. I just don't care for warbirds with permanently attached wheels hanging down. At this size, I'm sure I can find room for them. having space for batteries is another issue. I have a couple ideas on that one, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Glenn, I think Martin took issue with the groups and moved on. It's too bad.
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Old Dec 08, 2011, 02:28 PM
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Edit: This one may percolate a while. check back in a bit.
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Old Dec 09, 2011, 08:44 AM
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Holy smoke has FB5 started?
I can't find a thread on it apart from these ones you guys have posted.

You jumping the gun here lads or have I been on another planet

Oh - btw - great choice danrc, I'm lookin forward to this

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Old Dec 09, 2011, 09:35 AM
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Congrats on the new baby!!
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Old Dec 09, 2011, 12:21 PM
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What ever happened to Martin anyway? It was like he got po'ed about something and just left.
it was a lot of little things...as I recall, the straw that broke the camels back was he was coming back home after a fly-in, had to hit the brakes and a number of his planes went 'crunch'. That was after a day of not being able to fly due to problems with electronics.

He's still getting his aviation fix though...he got his pilot license and is now a commercial pilot. I see him on instant messenger every so often.
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Old Dec 09, 2011, 12:31 PM
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ouch, that'd make me slump the shoulders and sulk for a bit too!
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Old Dec 09, 2011, 12:32 PM
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Thanks Daniel. 3 kids, lots of diaper changes and less time to build. I need to develop a second identity that takes over after I go to sleep..
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Old Dec 09, 2011, 05:42 PM
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Lmao! 3 kids is more than a full plate! All the best to ya.
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Old Dec 09, 2011, 06:04 PM
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Martin did some beautiful work.

John said to go ahead and get started he would have the official thread up by the middle of the month. I would guess it is the same - put "Funbuild 5 - (whatever)" in your thread title, get a picture in the bones, one finished and one in flight.

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