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Old Feb 01, 2013, 06:09 PM
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My Flight Review of the New FMS 1450MM P-51B Mustang

My Flight Review of the New FMS 1450MM P-51B Mustang

I've been so used to flying my 1700's lately I almost forgot the difference between the 1400 and 1700 which is everything related to less weight versus more weight, etc. Winds were about 5-10mph...After checking CG (it was a smidgen tail heavy but nothing worth messing with), control throws, she was ready to go.

The takeoff run was smooth and predictable. Once in the air she was smooth with dead center tracking. Gear retracted perfectly. Rolls were axial and crisp on high rates. She didn't need much trim. A couple clicks of right and that was it. Full power is crisp. Very scale low passes at WOT. Performs all the usuals (Barrel rolls, Immelmans, Cubans, etc...) with authority. I flew with a 4S 3300 for about 6 minutes not wanting to push too much on the maiden.

I set up for final, hit the flaps (no ballooning) and brought her down to a perfect 2-point landing (on the bumping grass no less!) to the satisfaction of everyone watching. All I did was keep a little power on and guided the nose accordingly.

There is absolutely no bad habits, no bad tendencies. She tracks superbly with plenty of power to perform any of the usual aerobatics. Low, WOT passes are a blast. 75-80mph easy on a fresh charge. Motor and prop wash makes a nice sound at WOT as well.

For my 4S 3300, I had to push the battery forward so the aft end was sitting just a bit off the battery tray. I had to move one of the straps towards the front so it could be secured in this location. The sliding battery tray is sweet. It does lock in place with a firm push all the way in. You will hear the click sound and it's secure for flight. To pull it out, simply pull on the tray using a little bit of force. Not much needed. I am already in love with that feature. Prepare to have your battery all the way to the firewall to be within CG parameters.

I'm trying to think of the negatives. It's honestly hard to do. The retracts, so far, work flawlessly. They managed my club's less-than well manicured grass field without any issues. The mold is excellent, clean and smooth. The flaps need to deflect further than they do out of the box. I'll have to play around with the servo arms to get more throw out of them for max deflection. (Right now full flap deflection is about 40 degrees or so, which is normally just under mid-flap range for me).

The decal sheet leaves a bit to be desired. The ID letters didn't always match the diagram in the manual and the decals are very hard to peel off the paper. They need to also go with vinyl decals without that filmy background which looks cheesy on the model.

Hey FMS, give Callie a call!

But of course, those are tiny little cosmetic details. The important thing is she performs as good as she looks. I will be proud to have her as part of my hangar and I'm sure you will too!
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Old Feb 03, 2013, 05:22 AM
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I want one !!!!!!!
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Old Feb 07, 2013, 06:58 PM
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Nice review, thanks!
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Old Feb 07, 2013, 09:05 PM
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 09:09 AM
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Looks like mine is finally on it way here...from Motion RC. I will possible? be completely changing livery scheme though.

I've been long awaiting this one

1700 Corsair is next
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 10:12 AM
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Looks like mine is finally on it way here...from Motion RC. I will possible? be completely changing livery scheme though.

I've been long awaiting this one

1700 Corsair is next
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...7#post24446423
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 11:15 AM
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Can't wait to see her Brandon!
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 11:22 AM
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Ya...you and me both I've been waiting for this one since I did the mod to my 1700
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Old Mar 20, 2013, 08:28 PM
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Not bad , ordered on Monday and Wednesday it'a at my door step (3 days delivered) I now have my 1400 mm FMS P-51B from Motion RC "Shangralia"...soon to be a new Livery ???? with a few extra modifiactions, or should I say "add - on's ???"
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Old Mar 20, 2013, 08:45 PM
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