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Old 10-09-2017, 02:22 PM
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Afternoon everyone,

I just finished the major work on a refurbishing of a Nosen P-51. I got it from the estate of a long time local flier and it was one of the first large scale planes in the area. It needed a lot of TLC and took quite a bit more time and effort than I expected. It had a lot of hangar rash, much of which has been taken care of and things like the wheel well covers still need to be re-installed. It of course needed new batteries and I replaced the World Engine servos, current at the time, with new high torque digitals. Updated it from channel 48 to a current 2.4 system, replaced the ancient fuel tank and fuel lines, rebuilt the Robart retracts. There is still much to do but it is ready for an engine test run and then a couple of test flights. I plan to debut it at our warbird fly in on October 28. I've wanted a large P-51 for a long time. I could have put together a Top Flite ARF which seems to be quite good. It could have been done more quickly though at substantially higher cost. I enjoy projects like this and it seems appropriate to honor an old club member with it.

Rick H.
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:55 AM
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Nice!! can't wait to see more !
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:54 PM
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We tried to test run the engine today and got nowhere. I was using a high torque starter that I normally use on 50cc engines and it works with ease but today it would barely turn this engine over. I'm fairly sure I heard the engine laughing at me. I think since it hasn't run in a few years it needs to be loosened up a bit. I wonder also if there was any spark. Time to look over a few things again and see what the problem is. We also decided the tires need some firming up. The weight of this plane is causing them to flatten more than I would have expected. I think a harder tire may be the answer. Back to work.....

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I was given a BIG P51 that had seen better days and I had also come into the possession of an OS 320 flat opposed 4 cylinder engine that had been run and not drained and it took a lot of work, the plane flew like a big trainer with no faults and the engine sounded AWESOME Mike
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Old 10-27-2017, 07:18 AM
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That's great to hear! I envy you that engine. We got this one running 2 weeks ago and it ran great. Turned out to be a problem with the plug wire and was getting no spark. Also found out the tires are inflatable and hadn't been pumped up in many years. Took it out and test flew it a week ago and it was great! A lot of the guys who had flown with the builder were there and there was a huge cheer when she broke ground. Five minutes in the air and a perfect landing, it's a sweetheart to fly. The best part though was all the handshakes I got from the people who knew Bill and had seen this plane fly before. It was the nicest flying day I've had in a very long time. A week earlier I had test flown a TF Gold Edition Corsair, the smaller one. I had repaired and restored this one too and the builder was right there when it flew. This is why I do all this repair and restoration of older planes. It's fun and very satisfying.

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High 5!!!! Always good to hear these stories.
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I love a good warbird story......
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