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Old 12-13-2016, 10:58 AM
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Thanks for the info!

I had heck getting those tailwheel doors to close evenly.



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Old 12-13-2016, 11:21 AM
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Dionsusbacchus Thanks for taking the time to show how your gear door install worked. I didn't think the supplied parts had any chance of working!! I hope you new plane arrived and is in good shape! Those are a couple of nice looking planes you have there!!

I have removed/covered up the markings on the Mustang and got some rivets on the horizontals, the next step there is to install the engine, tank and all the other internals, then Rivets and such. I have decided to follow you lead with and spruce up the cockpit!

My Spit is now glassed and its time to start the sanding priming, sanding priming..... paint sequence.

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Old 12-25-2016, 01:44 PM
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Finally got to open my Christmas present.
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Old 12-30-2016, 11:51 AM
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Well, still no canopy from Gator RC. Ordered a Ziroli P-51 canopy and its already arrived. Sure hope it fits the Top Models RC P-51. Over a month now of sitting and waiting on the last piece of the puzzle, but no joy.

Here's hoping!

Happy New Year Everyone!


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Did you guys use the stock hardware? The pushrods look like garbage to me, too small the threads are not cut deep enough. I've had Clevis's pull off because of this issue.

Also, mine didn't come with the metal brackets for mounting servos, instead just the standard wood blocks. I wonder why.
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My cockpit also came with the canopy installed in the frames. So it looks like they are updating things as production goes along.
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Anybody able to post dimensions of TOPRC Mustang´s exhaust shrouds? Length and width. I´ve done 1/5 scale exhaust set stub, now I´m working on the shrouds.
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Originally Posted by Mpizpilot View Post
Did you guys use the stock hardware? The pushrods look like garbage to me, too small the threads are not cut deep enough. I've had Clevis's pull off because of this issue.

Also, mine didn't come with the metal brackets for mounting servos, instead just the standard wood blocks. I wonder why.
I used much of the stock hardware, although I could see the flap linkage pulling loose if the flaps were dropped at higher speed. That is another reason I chose to use the internal linkage, no mods are needed and it's a stronger set up, pushing is better than pulling.

You need the aluminum servo brackets, unless they changed the internal wing structure, I'm guessing they forgot to include them in your kit.


This is one of my aileron servos, does your wing have the ply tabs in the servo bays? If so you need the brackets, you could make them, I have many in my parts bin left over from other projects.
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Old 01-02-2017, 05:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Prekin View Post
Anybody able to post dimensions of TOPRC Mustang´s exhaust shrouds? Length and width. I´ve done 1/5 scale exhaust set stub, now I´m working on the shrouds.
I glued my stock exhaust stacks in already, but I could see those would look much better.
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Originally Posted by dionysusbacchus View Post
I used much of the stock hardware, although I could see the flap linkage pulling loose if the flaps were dropped at higher speed. That is another reason I chose to use the internal linkage, no mods are needed and it's a stronger set up, pushing is better than pulling.

You need the aluminum servo brackets, unless they changed the internal wing structure, I'm guessing they forgot to include them in your kit.


This is one of my aileron servos, does your wing have the ply tabs in the servo bays? If so you need the brackets, you could make them, I have many in my parts bin left over from other projects.
No ply tabs in the pockets. Just a typical open bay. The parts list indicates 12 metal brackets, instead I have 12 wood blocks. I'm going to just go ahead and build it like your typical arf with the wood blocks epoxied to the wood hatches.
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Originally Posted by dionysusbacchus View Post
I glued my stock exhaust stacks in already, but I could see those would look much better.
Could you post dimensions of the shrouds? I need only the width and length.
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Old 01-02-2017, 07:37 PM
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Hi Prekin,

I measured the outside dimensions as 212mm by 29mm.

Happy New Years

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Old 01-03-2017, 09:43 AM
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Thank you Rick!
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Old 01-03-2017, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Mpizpilot View Post
Finally got to open my Christmas present.
Really like that Gunfighter. Might have to order one. I have been waiting for the Cougar patiently but if it does not come soon ?
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Old 01-04-2017, 03:29 PM
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I plan on using the Robart 635RS retracts. What is the Robart strut length or part number I need to use with this retract?
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This is a list I made for a fellow club member also assembling this plane:


Tower Hobbies:

1 Robart 635RS 90 Degree Heavy Duty Mains - $186.99
1 Robart Left Hand Robostrut 5" - 5 1/4" Wheel - $59.99
1 Robart Right Hand Robostrut 5" - 5 1/4" Wheel - $59.99
1 Robart Left Hand Offset Pneumatic Tail Wheel - $149.99
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Mine is progressing fairly well. All surfaces are hooked up and working. I stole the idea from this thread for using the cable to close the tail wheel doors. Easy as 1,2,3. Only difference is I removed the ball links and used the existing screws to hold the doors open.

I'm not a fan of the wheels, they're too small I would think at least 5.5" wheels are needed. Guess I'll be laying out more cash for Robarts. I also don't like how high the main gear outer doors sit above the wheels, not very scale at all.
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Got the gear going, wasn't too bad. Since I didn't get the metal "L" brackets for servo mounting, I had to just screw the servos into the blocks then epoxy them in. Not looking forward to ever having to replace them. I also had to use two different servos, a hitec and a power HD since they have opposite rotations. I really didn't want to have to add a servo reverser into the mix.

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Default Gunfighter tail vertical fin issue

I received my Gunfighter from Tower Hobbies recently. This week I unpacked the fuse. The plane was packaged well and there was no obvious shipping damage. As it turns out the vertical fin was split open at the fuse seams and the rudder vertical bulkhead. This was factory build and packaging issue. Also the front windshield was broken in two places. I think the factory forced the bubble wrap on too tight when packaging. Also the vertical fin used a ceramic paste that broke out and was sparingly used. Tower customer service is great. They offered to replace the kit with a new one. Unfortunately they are backordered. It may be some four weeks before I could start the build. I decided to do my own repair of the damage. I used Hysol 9462 with the long mix nozzle to glue the split line seam and the vertical fin. The windshield will need new clear plastic windows. The cracked frame was easy to glue back together. I plan on using a DLE-61 engine and Robart air retracts. Overall the scale detail looks good for only my second gasser warbird. Does anyone know what is the best paint to use to touch up the vertical fin seam repairs?
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Wow, yours was really bad. My vertical was split at the leading edge, but nothing like yours. I went to Home Depot with an elevator half and got a behr test sample paint match. Worked great.
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Just a note: some automotive paint stores are able to match color in spray cans. Typical runs about $20 can but the enamel based paint is more more suited to these ARF finishes than latex. Worth a check in your area.
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I ordered mine from Tower Hobbies back in November and it was put on back order with a January delivery time frame, than moved to late January and now I realize that other people are getting their orders fulfilled, and instead, of the quality getting better it is getting crappier and crappier all the time. Last time I checked my order status - it was moved to March and I am starting to have a growing feeling that cancelling it altogether would be the best thing to do. Save a lot of money, aggravation, and, frustration!
How do other people on this thread feel about the worth of this kit?
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Originally Posted by N99JH View Post
I ordered mine from Tower Hobbies back in November and it was put on back order with a January delivery time frame, than moved to late January and now I realize that other people are getting their orders fulfilled, and instead, of the quality getting better it is getting crappier and crappier all the time. Last time I checked my order status - it was moved to March and I am starting to have a growing feeling that cancelling it altogether would be the best thing to do. Save a lot of money, aggravation, and, frustration!
How do other people on this thread feel about the worth of this kit?
i hope you haven't taken my posts as saying the plane is crappy, it's not by a long run. I think the split in my vertical was the result of shipping.

The quality is light years ahead ahead of most ARF's on the market today. I own just about every TF GS warbird and had the H9 Corsair (junk). This plane is in a whole different class from everything else on the market except maybe Comparf.
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Originally Posted by Mpizpilot View Post
i hope you haven't taken my posts as saying the plane is crappy, it's not by a long run. I think the split in my vertical was the result of shipping.

The quality is light years ahead ahead of most ARF's on the market today. I own just about every TF GS warbird and had the H9 Corsair (junk). This plane is in a whole different class from everything else on the market except maybe Comparf.
NO, I absolutely did not take your comments as suggesting that the kit is crappy - it is my own observation thus far. I think that a split fin and broken windshield are perhaps a mark of shoddy workmanship and possibly inferior materials. I think that any manufacturer who tries to offer sort off Comparf quality at about 2/5 the price, is bound to have to cut some corners in order to eek out a profit that will justify staying in business???
Just my 2c.
Don't get me wrong, I placed an order because I thought that this could be a great deal, especially after I had a $168 coupon but they keep pushing delivery further and further South. I just checked the latest update on Tower Hobbies site and now it is pushed to late March. I am starting to get a feeling that they are deliberately trying to encourage people on back order to cancel.
Again, just my 2c.
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Originally Posted by Mpizpilot View Post
i hope you haven't taken my posts as saying the plane is crappy, it's not by a long run. I think the split in my vertical was the result of shipping.

The quality is light years ahead ahead of most ARF's on the market today. I own just about every TF GS warbird and had the H9 Corsair (junk). This plane is in a whole different class from everything else on the market except maybe Comparf.
I agree. So far, I'm just starting my build. The overall quality is good, possibly approaching my Allure pattern plane. The windshield will be a challenge to replace the clear windows. On another note, what is the best wrap around muffler to use with my DLE 61? I don't think chanting the engine and using the stock side exhaust muffler will look right. Has anyone painted the red Blonde spinner in the Gunfighter scheme?

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