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Old Nov 08, 2007, 10:46 PM
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Guillows R/C conversion or Pimp My P-38 or Kit/Plan Fun Build Contest,

Well I got my P-38 in and opened the box. WOW, what can I say. It's just plain awsome. This is the 40 inch version.

The wood looks like it's been die cut pretty good. Parts almost fall out. And the detailing in the plastic is just great. There will still need to be alot of weight reduction, but this can be done easily.

Heres what I'm shooting for. And like I said...on a budget....

AUW between 20-30 oz... Depending on my options, bombs, retracts, flaps ?
Fully sheeted fuse, except where the plastic parts fit, that way everything stays flush.
2 brushless outrunners.......................$15.00 each
2 18 amp esc's..................................$18.00
3-6 servos........................................$ 4.75 each
DX 6 ...........................................I already have this
Ar6000............................................ .$ 42.00
2100 mah lipo................................I already have this
New wood and other things and bits..........$32.00
OH a Guillows P-38 kit......................about an hours work at the LHS.

Total so far Around $155. 00

As you can see from the pics the kit is full of good parts and bad parts. I'll have to toss the bad and make some new ones, shave weight every where I can yet still build it strong. Sometimes you just know when something is going to turn out just right. Oh I got a feeling.



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Old Nov 08, 2007, 10:54 PM
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Good luck Tom.
I know what you mean about that feeling

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Old Nov 08, 2007, 11:04 PM
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I wont bore you all with step by step. We all know how to build. But I will tell you what I'm doing to modify this bird.

First I built the pod per the plans, it wieghed in at 1/2 oz. Then I sheeted it with 1/32 balsa and removed most of the formers inside. after wards it still weighed about 1/2 oz. Pretty cool I think and it's stronger now too..

Everyone likes to test fit the parts duing construction. But I realy needed to fit the canopy while doing the sheeting.



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Old Nov 09, 2007, 09:43 AM
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Got some more work done this morning.

First I decided what i wantecd to use and what I wanted to get rid of in the wing. Gone is ribs 8,10,12 and 14 and most of the 1/16 sq spars. A new main spar was cut and notched to accept the remaining ribs. Ma s 2 spar was still used also. There will be Le, Te and center wing sheeting up to the rib 7. Bays 8, 9, 10 and 11 will be open frame work. Then ofcourse the covering.

I also got the center pod filled and sanded.




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Old Nov 09, 2007, 09:47 AM
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Just thought I would add this, she will have ailerons, from the booms out to the last rib. Also I'm planning on hollowed balsa blocks fo the wing tips.





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Old Nov 09, 2007, 12:51 PM
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You know I always wanted to do the P38 Guillows, but the problem is that I know I'd never fly it, after all the work. I still haven't flown my PBY 2 years later, nor my Hellcat 3 years later.

The sheeting for the center section looks good. I could not see a P38 with a spar covered center section.

There are a few other 38 kits I keep looking at. My LHS had the Molt kit twice, and still has the 30" Dumas kit. I really like the little Dumas kit, but I'd probably end up making a tank out of it.
That said, are you sheeting the fuses, partially sheeting, or leaving them open frame?

I guess the way I figure it, I sort or have a P38 now. FW189
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Old Nov 09, 2007, 02:27 PM
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Yea, I'm planning on sheeting everthing except where the plastic parts go. That way it all stays even. And I agree, cant stand stringers on a fuse thats supposed to be sheeted.



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Old Nov 09, 2007, 06:52 PM
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i've got one of these in the box for a rainy day. and i think i just found the perfect retracts for her yesterday also.
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Old Nov 09, 2007, 06:57 PM
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i think i just found the perfect retracts for her yesterday also.
What sort are they?
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Old Nov 09, 2007, 07:00 PM
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the RA-260 set from AirPower. They're good for up to 3.5lbs and they are tiny! I'll shoot a pic at home tonight with a HS-81 sitting in the box with them.
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Old Nov 09, 2007, 07:05 PM
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That sounds like what I need. I have some mechanical retracts, but with 3 servos to go with them. The weight is-a- growing.




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Old Nov 09, 2007, 07:12 PM
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i'll check the weight out also. going to be a few hours yet. its only 3PM here.
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Old Nov 09, 2007, 07:48 PM
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Just seen your in the land of Pineapples.


I'm at work, no building tonight.
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Old Nov 09, 2007, 08:33 PM
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hahah yeah. though not as much pineapples as before. and i'm allergic for some reason.....

where is McDougal to Fayetteville? i spent time there mostly visiting when my gf at the time was going to school there.
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Old Nov 09, 2007, 09:01 PM
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Speaking od Fayyetteville, my wife and son are on their way back from there now, they went to check out a collage.

Mcdougal is about 5-6 hrs to the east. By the bootheel of Missouri and Tenn.




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