Guillow's P-40 Kittyhawk Conversion - Page 5 - RC Groups
Thread Tools
May 29, 2009, 11:10 PM
Registered User
I've been following this/these builds with great interest.
Love the Guillows.
Both the P-40 and Zero are looking great.
Thanks for taking the time to put your builds on RC-Groups.
Looking forward to your flights.
My thoughts---you will have nothing but GREAT success.
I can hardly wait to see them fly.
God speed, Good luck, Best wishes and all that stuff but I don't think you will need it, they are going to fly great.
Think I'll build the ones I have stashed away.
Thanks for the motivation.
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
May 29, 2009, 11:45 PM
Registerd Beaver
Smokin' Beaver's Avatar
Thanks for the kind words John, it's always a pleasure to see a Guillow's fly, even better when they fly really well.
I'm looking forward to having these two as part of my everyday 'keep in the trunk of the car' flyers.
I have a ( Yak-9 & Macchi Saetta already that form this fleet, so these two will increase the hangar by 100%

I found a couple of other pics to post as well.

May 30, 2009, 05:41 AM
Registered User
Hey Beav looks great so far.

May 30, 2009, 06:24 AM
Registerd Beaver
Smokin' Beaver's Avatar
Thanks Pete,
She is sitting there in maiden trim right now - just begging to be flown...
I have a sneaking feeling I might succumb to temptation tomorrow morning....

Last edited by Smokin' Beaver; May 30, 2009 at 06:58 AM.
May 31, 2009, 01:46 AM
Registerd Beaver
Smokin' Beaver's Avatar
We I couldn't help myself, I had to give it a go.
Glad I did - it flew very well indeed.
I got a mate to handlaunch it for me & it flew nice & straight on a good angle.
Whilst not a powerhouse, it has a good turn of speed & is easy to handlaunch, so there's no fear of it struggling to fly.
The 4' prop pitch gives it a good bite into the air at launch & is sufficient to give it a very good top speed.
Once up & away it continued to hold it's line very well.
A few clicks up up trim were all that was needed to get hands-off flight so I was pretty happy with that.
The CG was somewhere about 7/8" to 1.0" aft of the LE at the root.
It was purely a TLAR guess (That Looks About Right) based on the battery that I had to hand.
I knew if it was forward too much , it would still fly anyway so no worries there.
So I did indeed wring it's neck and it responded well.
The roll rate is extremely good I thought, I had 1/2" deflections & 3/8" on the elevator.
Still to see if the elevator will make it snap-roll at high speeds. thats a test for later.
Anyway - she's a winner, simple to fly & glides very well.
AUFW was 11.0 ounces.

Another Guillow's winner.
Seems a shame to paint her - the silver makes it look superb.
anyhow here's a video of flight # 3 - nothing had changed sine the maiden flight trim s were done.
Definitely one to get a lot of airtime, I can see that


Kittyhawk Maiden Day 31 May 09 (1 min 32 sec)
May 31, 2009, 05:31 AM
Limey Jeff
Jeff Glasser's Avatar
Jeez, Phil, that looks fast! and it does look nice in bare aluminium.

Great stuff, well done mate.

May 31, 2009, 05:39 AM
Limey Jeff
Jeff Glasser's Avatar
How I envy you your workshop. I had one about the same size before moving to a smaller house, now I only have shed space shared with the lawnmower etc. It does'nt help that i'm such an untidy sod!


p.s. Guillows put my Stearman up for model of the month (May) chuffed to bits.
May 31, 2009, 02:39 PM
Registered User
Great job.
I can't open the video from my computer as it is an old junker but I'm sure it looks great.
Nice job on finding the spinner too, it seems to fit well and looks great also.
I'm glad you had such success with the P-40 and were looking forward to the same with the Zero.
I'm gonna have to look into building mine now.
No let's see, where did I put those.......
Once again, great job and congratulations.

Congratulations on your Stearman winning model of the month.
I like the "Dr. Who" reference.
I loved that show.
I have'nt seen it in a long time though; I miss his assistants.
I think your workshop looks great, love the hanging P-40.

Am I showing my hand?
Do I seem like a fan of the P-40?
May 31, 2009, 02:43 PM
Registered User
Just curious, how much weight do you think the sheeting added?
I think yours looks great with the sheeting but I'm not that good at sheeting so I was thinking of going with the stringers.
May 31, 2009, 03:02 PM
Amped UP!
Excellent job Phil! Enjoyed the video. With the bird noises in the background, it sounded like they were getting upset with your bird? That thing does look quick!
Jun 01, 2009, 07:57 AM
Limey Jeff
Jeff Glasser's Avatar
Thanks for the nice comments there av8tnthrilseekr, The Stearman still has'nt flown yet. The weather is good but I hav'nt been able to get out to the field. I wo'nt go on my own as I would like to get some pics' of it, hopefuuly surviving its first flight!

I posted a pic of the P.40 awhile back. (29) I too have had a thing about the P.40 since very early on.
Last edited by Jeff Glasser; Jun 01, 2009 at 09:51 AM.
Jun 01, 2009, 08:45 AM
In Unusual Attitude Recovery
MPP's Avatar
Well Done Phil, I knew you would not be able to wait. Now I am going to have to redo mine and give it another go, Uggg.

It has nice speed and looks like you designed the FF profile out of it perfectly. You the man, and thanks again for taking the time to document your corrections and build.

Here's to many more flights with the Darwin P-40!

Jun 01, 2009, 11:09 PM
Registered User
Congrats Phil,

I take a few days off of checking rcgroups and there you go and finish. She's a beaut and looks to be flying very well indeed. Thanks for all the detailed pictures yet again.

Jun 06, 2009, 08:25 AM
Registerd Beaver
Smokin' Beaver's Avatar

Progress Pics

Hey thanks everyone for the comments.
Yep she's a a sweet little flyer indeed - quite well behaved and yes she does get up a good turn of speed for the power setup it has.
Some pics here of progress, the OD is finished on top & the underside painted tonight in medium grey - all Tamiya acrylics.
I mixed 5% yellow into the OD to give a more weathered look & then followed over the top with stock, out of the bottle paint.
Looks pretty good, some minor touch ups to do & we're away.

Been very busy with work last few weeks so progress has slowed markedly.
By next weekend this will be finished & the Zero well on the way to maiden.
Gotta fly - missus wants to use the computer again....

Jun 06, 2009, 05:51 PM
Registerd Beaver
Smokin' Beaver's Avatar
Hi John,
I reckon about an ounce at most if I put all the pieces on a scale & added the glue.
The stuff I use is lightweight dense grain. The denser the grain the stronger it is.

Originally Posted by av8tnthrilseekr
Just curious, how much weight do you think the sheeting added?
I think yours looks great with the sheeting but I'm not that good at sheeting so I was thinking of going with the stringers.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
GUILLOW'S CESSNA 172 SKYHAWK conversion to electric. reznikvova Parkflyers 25 May 03, 2008 12:56 AM
Discussion Guillow's P-40 Rubber Power to Elec RC, Help! arcticflyer Scratchbuilt Indoor and Micro Models 47 Oct 07, 2006 05:22 AM
Discussion 16in Wingspan Guillow's P-40 Warhawk E-Conversion Argyle Scale Kit/Scratch Built 15 Aug 27, 2006 09:17 PM
Question guillow's p-47 conversion craab Parkflyers 2 Oct 23, 2003 02:19 PM
Guillow's P-40 Conversion herc75 Scale Kit/Scratch Built 14 Nov 17, 2002 04:51 PM