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Posted by tailskid2 | Dec 06, 2020 @ 06:26 PM | 5,081 Views
After a couple of months (O.K. 1+ year) of sanding, glassing, sanding, re-glassing, sanding etc. I finally finished my TG GS P-47. I think I got one of the last "kits" being that it was an ARC (Almost ready to cover)....kit contents were the same as the ARF, but I fiberglassed the whole thing, put in a DLE 55, painted it and finally finished it (well almost). Good enough to fly

Test flown over the Thanksgiving weekend and am very pleased with the results.
Posted by tailskid2 | Dec 05, 2018 @ 05:42 PM | 7,941 Views
Finally got all the bugs out and she flies great....almost J-3 like
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 21, 2018 @ 06:35 PM | 8,330 Views
Very happy to report my smoke lasted over 7 MINUTES (20oz of oil) because I changed muffler and used a Atomizing smoke oil injection nozzle from 'Crankcase'

Go to https://www.flyinggiants.com/forums/...d.php?t=196895 for a thread of his method of SPRAYING oil into the muffler as opposed to POURING oil into the muffler!

Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 06, 2018 @ 08:55 PM | 8,054 Views
Flew it again yesterday....got 2 minutes 15 seconds of smoke running full time at full throttle.
Posted by tailskid2 | Feb 28, 2018 @ 08:01 PM | 8,706 Views
Boy does this plane fly great!
Posted by tailskid2 | Feb 22, 2018 @ 09:19 PM | 9,195 Views
Just put the finishing touches on her tonight...just received my Tru-Turn spinner Hope to test fly weather permitting SOON!
Posted by tailskid2 | Feb 01, 2018 @ 07:53 PM | 9,762 Views
Man, this plane has been a PIA.....been working on it since November and finally 'almost' finished it and gave it back to its owner. Things like 36 pages of instructions for JUST the canopy! Then parts didn't fit, retracts worked, then didn't and THREE controllers later they are working again....from what everyone says this is the BEST P-51 they have ever flew....sure hope so!
Posted by tailskid2 | Dec 14, 2017 @ 03:13 PM | 9,298 Views
Well now that the Escapade MX has met its expiration date...I was working on the H9 P-51 30cc for a friend....
Posted by tailskid2 | Nov 20, 2017 @ 08:05 PM | 9,874 Views
Had the misfortune of a dead stick right after take off and tried to turn left. I believe I was 4-5' off the ground and used too much aileron and not enough rudder and it pointed itself toward the ground and bit the dust....
Posted by tailskid2 | Nov 06, 2017 @ 06:56 PM | 9,562 Views
Assembling this for a friend...so far so good as this plane has some pre-painted cockpit interior parts that FIT!
Posted by tailskid2 | Feb 22, 2017 @ 01:34 PM | 15,074 Views
My buddy had a flame out just as he passed the end of the runway on take off and did a pancake into the rough stuff. So he purchased another wing and here it is getting it's glitter and stuff....
Posted by tailskid2 | Jan 26, 2017 @ 04:29 PM | 14,907 Views
A friend brought over a dinked up Spitfire that needed a new wing panel, rudder and a few other 'things' that also needed some attention. The plane was originally electric powered, so the engine box had to be adjusted for a DLE35RA.
Posted by tailskid2 | Jan 08, 2017 @ 11:22 PM | 14,959 Views
I wonder if he will ever fly this puppy.......clock is tick'n.....
Posted by tailskid2 | Dec 08, 2016 @ 06:08 PM | 15,637 Views
Finished her up a couple of days ago....came in at 22 lbs 8 oz.

Can't wait for the maiden....maybe next week - going up to the low 70's the rest of this week and into next week
Posted by tailskid2 | Dec 06, 2016 @ 12:02 AM | 15,426 Views
Decided to make a hatch so fueling, switches, etc could be accessed easier than the manner in which the manual stated. Took some glass cloth and 30 minute epoxy to create a curved glass hatch. Cut out the size of the hatch and used that as a template.

Installed a shelf that contains two switches and one fuel dot....Continue Reading
Posted by tailskid2 | Nov 19, 2016 @ 06:54 PM | 15,407 Views
Just finished the wing....still in three pieces, but all the work is completed. Did find out the center wing panel weighs a bit over 7 lbs and the outer panels both 1.5 lbs.

Noticed the 'Craftsmanship' on the center section could use some improvement!
Posted by tailskid2 | Nov 16, 2016 @ 11:15 PM | 15,761 Views
Landing gear blocks are HARD wood - the horizontal pegs protruded into the space needed for the retract so they were sanded down.

Note the new hole for the forward lg screws. The 'supplied' location from Robart was too far forward so some new holes were drilled.
Posted by tailskid2 | Nov 15, 2016 @ 04:16 PM | 15,387 Views
Working on the wing some.....sure wish I had the time to put in gear doors!

LOT of wrinkles and very hard to iron out! Epoxy coating the flap/aileron panels - that should hold up very well.

Put all the hardware in little bags - makes finding parts much easier that way.

Going to re-drill the retract units...see where the front two screws are supposed to go? NO WAY - one drilling and it would break out!