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Aug 12, 2012, 05:13 PM
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Help with an old plane

I dont know much about this just picked it up. The guy said it would run and its from the 60s? Someone told me it was a Mustang. I do not know how to remove the engine cover to see what kind of engine it is. Its about 5 feet long and 5 feet wide. Here are some pictures thanks for any help.
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Aug 12, 2012, 05:32 PM
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Nice looking build! Yes, I would say that is a P-51D Mustang.
If it is really that old it might be best to just clean it up and put it on display. Glue, balsa, and coverings can all get brittle over time and it may not be wise to attempt flying.

Start by getting the prop off. I am sure if you poke around enough you will figure how the builder attached the cowl.
Aug 12, 2012, 07:07 PM
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If that is from the 60's paint me blue and call me Babe.

It looks like a very early ARF, perhaps from the early 90's. It will all disassemble with simple hand tools.
Aug 12, 2012, 07:10 PM
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How do I tell? I cant find and screws or anything to unscrew it. I dont see anyway of taking it apart without damaging it
Aug 12, 2012, 07:19 PM
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When DID they start making ARFs?
Aug 12, 2012, 07:21 PM
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In the second picture, I see 2 holes in the red at the trailing edge of the wing. In those holes will be some screw of some type, and that is how the wing will come off. As for the cowling, You may have to remove the prop and spinner, and reach in through the front. Hope this helps. Roy
Aug 12, 2012, 07:23 PM
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What does ARF mean?
Aug 12, 2012, 07:25 PM
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Almost Ready to Fly.

You basically assemble the components of ARF's as opposed to building a kit from the ground up.

Pipp, look really close at the model. You will see how it goes together.
Aug 12, 2012, 07:36 PM
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I see some screws but there is a 62% chance that if I take this thing apart I will never get it together again lol. It does look to be big pieces and not a bunch of little piece put together
Aug 12, 2012, 07:41 PM
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Trust me, after you rempve the screws, You can lift gently on the trailing edge of the wing, and then slide it back. Yoy will find some dowel pins or tabs holding the leading edge of the wing to the fuselage. Just go slowly, and you will be fine. There will be at least two or three sets of wires to unplug to get it apart also. Roy
Aug 12, 2012, 07:42 PM
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I will need a screwdriver for that. I will have to go buy one. I have one but its not long enough.
Aug 12, 2012, 08:04 PM
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BE SURE you mark any wires you disconnect. ENJOY !!! RED
Aug 12, 2012, 08:17 PM
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Just curious, whatch'a planning on DOING with this plane? It's a big standoff-scale glow-powered P-51 that you don't have the tools to disassemble. I can't imagine anyone would want something like it for display purposes

I'll take a shot in the dark that you don't have a whole lot of experience with RC models, so it's a heck of a space-eating paperweight for a pretty good period of time if you're planning to fly it someday.
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Aug 12, 2012, 08:24 PM
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Now you got me curious. If it is not an old kit then what is it? You may want to post those pictures in the Fuel Warbirds forum and ask if anyone can identify it. If it is a newer model then it deserves to fly again.

That being said, this is definitely not a good beginner plane. Hang it from the ceiling and get an inexpensive foamy. With a bit of practice you should be ready for the P51 in a couple years.
Aug 12, 2012, 08:28 PM
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I couldnt pass it up for 40 dollars. How many times do you see 5 foot Mustangs up in the rafters at a yard sale. I figured I could atleast get 100 dollars for it lol maybe more.

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