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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build


    ORIGINAL: Doomking

    Hi
    I see you are in Avon.
    Which club are you flying from?
    I fly at the Suburban field just off of RT.83.

    Just curious

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    You're so smart,, you figured out how to read this!! Or maybe ya just got lucky??

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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    fantastic....I'll see you on May 4th at Lorain or maybe later...


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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    Scale and Frank, you guys are great. It's 7:00 PM in north Idaho and i just got home from work "Wow", photos are worth a thousand words. Now I can better understand just what you were talking about. I was thinking they went on ends of cables. Thanks alot, now I won't have to scratch a hole in my head because it did'nt work right. I hope there are guys out there that are learning from this and the rest of the wealth of info. so many provide. Thank you fellas, your all a great help to all of us.

    I'll be back from time to time until I finish this beauty then share it with you. Thanks again. Leroy

    I hope this thread isn't dead yet because I hope someone knows where to find nomenclature placement decal sheets for TF 1/5 scale P51D. Where does all this stuff go ? I Want to scale this out as much as is practical. They are out there someplace ? Thanks Leroy[]

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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    Don't forget to use spring centering when retracted or the wheel can and does hang up when deployed. Heres some picts. of my build. it's getting a paint job and I'm waiting for the graphics ( decals ) from www,aeroloft.com so I can lay out the pannel lines and rivet detail. It's going to be finished in the Cripes Amighty 3rd polished version. Plane will not have any exposed switches, charge ports or air fill port.
    Enjoy, Leroy
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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    I HOPE I'M NOT TO LATE. The DLE 55 is going in mine and it's about a pound lighter than the US 41 shown on plans so get all the batteries, ignition and other stuff up there with reciever just above front of wing. Because of that this is what I did to mine Leroy
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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    UPTON & JIMMYTHEESGLE. Maybe I don't have the right soft ware because I can't bring your pict's up. I'd like to see them,[&o] Leroy
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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    I will try to load what I have on the placement but don't know if you can blow them up enough from this page. Click for full size and Look for the Expand button on each page in the lower right hand corner. Hope that is what you were looking for.

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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    GSNut, thanks for photos they show very well when blown up. It's a nice illustration you posted and I'll use it. thanks again Leroy
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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    great pictures and posts
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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    What fiberglass cowl is that? Looks like a kit built plane, but you went with the ARF style cowl, right?

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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    Yes it is kit built you can see the progress in the forum. just search

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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    We're(USRA) starting a new race class using these...Engines can be up to 65cc, mag or battery, no tuned pipes..Our first race will be at Rabbit Dry Lake near Victorville, California on Oct 13-16..
    ours will be DA60 powered if it gets done in time...Gotta be faster than our old AT6 racers, about 130 mph using the special APC race props..Could be as many at 10 of these racing..
    usrainfo.org has the rules...Come on out, it will be great racing..
    G62s turn 9000 in the air, I would think DLE55s would work great..
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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    Just completed my second season on the Top Flite P-51. Here are some pictures. Flys GREAT. Revo 52 Engine still awsome. It has been clocked on radar at 114mph straight and level.

    Hope you like,
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    There are only two types of planes, Fighters and Targets.

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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    Karl; I'm still building my TF P-51 and have the REVO 52 to use as well; I have read about concerns with overheating and excessive vibration, have you had any problems in these areas; how do you cool your REVO? Thanks.

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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    Hi Doug,
    I have a number of posts on this thread. I address the ducting in post 1458. I recommend starting at post 1454 though. Hope it helps. I really like my Revo engine.

    Oh man, I just realized that you were the one I responded to in the original thread. All I can say is, trust me on this. Forget the shroud and fan. Use the ducting. I have flown the plane this year at Muncie for the Indiana Warbird Campaign event. This was the hottest day I have ever been to an event. It was crazy hot. 98 degrees and very high humidity. I know 98 degrees may not seem that bad since you are from Texas, but the humidity kills us here. And there was very little wind. I flew about five or six times on Satureday. And the engine ran fine. You could tell the air was thin because the power was down. And it was so hot the black top runway even gave us fits because the air rising off of it. You can see in the attached video from Youtube that when you can in to land, that when the plane would get to the black top, it would literally balloon a bit. It sure gave me fits. Also this was my first time taking off and landing on blacktop with the P-51. Definately more work than grass. I struggled a bit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z2hgiar9sA
    I start at the 3:09 minute mark

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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    Hey Karl;

    Yes, I remember now, I did copy your Photos to use, just forgot the name; much appreciate the reply, and posting of the Videos; I never did use the REVO on my TF GS P-40, went with a DLE55 for that Plane, so I still have the REVO and would prefer to use it in the P-51, and reading about the success you have had helps in staying with my original plans to use the REVO, unless I felt I needed more HP like the DA60 may provide, but from what I have read the REVO provides plenty..

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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    Hi Doug,
    I sent you a PM.

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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    Karl.

    Got it, thanks and I replied, thanks a bunch for the help.

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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    Hello All, I just found this thread and i'm having a hard time quitting so i can go to work. There is a ton of great stuff and great builders. Im gathering all the goodies to do the TF GS P-51, and I'll be starting soon. So far I have the kit, DLE 55, Aerotech sliding canopy kit, cockpit, gear doors, and drop tanks, Leo Spychalla cowl, Fiberglass specialties scoop and guns, and Sierra Retracts. Probably going to have gear converted to electric by Down and Locked.
    I see several sliding canopies in this thread but I dont see what guys are using to operate the sliders. Anybody doing powered slide or are they mostly manual? If powered, what kind of mechanism? Air? How far are you opening? By scaling from the plans it looks like almost 5" Thanks for all the great info.


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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    kirtsm,
    Just one thing to keep in mind. Be conscious of weight. Under 24 lbs good over 24 lbs not so good. I have found, that the plane will fly at over 24 lbs but under 24 lbs should be your target. So be careful with accessories.

    Karl
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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    Welcome to the thread.
    Since you are not doing much a work you might want to read this other thread on the p51.
    http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_11...tm.htm#1158439
    Happy reading and good luck on your build.

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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    Thanks for the advice on 24# target. I know I tend to over build and over reinforce some times so I will try to be carefull there. I'm still in the information gathering process here, and have other projects going on, but I'm gettin excited to get making balsa dust.

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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    Kirtsm,

    Don't really need to reinforce the plane too much. I have had no issues at all with the overall structure of the kit. Only the landing gear mounts are terrible on the kit. I completely changed that. Keep the tail light.

    Karl
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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    Thanks for the advice Karl, where specifically does the lg mount need beefed? Also, any suggestions as to how to power a sliding canopy?
     Thanks,

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    RE: top flite p-51 giant scale build

    Hi Kirt,
    I used a 1/4 inch thick maple rib doubler. I made a rib that looked like W-4Z and W-5Z. I think those are the part numbers. They are the rib doublers that face each other for rib W-4 and W-5. This will give you more wood to screw into, to mount the landing gear. Most people that I know use an air cylinder to operate the canopy. I believe the one for the P-51 is 4 inches long. I don't know who sells them. But I have seen them.

    Karl
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