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Old 11-19-2017, 11:18 AM
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Here is a couple of ESM models that fly pretty good, I have had several ESM models myself and they all require rework and some modelling experince to put togheter for sure..



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Old 11-19-2017, 02:25 PM
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Did you happen to have a 72" "D" model Mustang???
If so,,,How much did yours weigh???
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Old 11-24-2017, 04:05 PM
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Guys.... I have several ESM plane's and all of them fly well. Yes..... ESM plane's come out heavy. Why? Because the fuselage are all fiberglass compared to lighter balsa wood. That means the tail moment has more leverage over the CG location then a plane built of balsa.
It's a trade off for pretty darn accurate scale outlines in most cases.
I have TWO 73" Me109s. Both are excellent planes and no issues at all with the alignment or anything else as someone was stating earlier.
These are the ESM planes I have...
1) 73" Me109 - saito 180 - sierra giant retracts
2) 73" Me109 - electric power 110 8s - esm air retracts
3) 71" P51B - electric 110 8s - esm air retracts
4) 71" FW190a - saito 180 - sierra retracts... Plane weighs 19.5 pounds and flies wonderful
5) 75" F4U1a Corsair - saito 170 radial - sierra retracts
6) 95" ME110 - electric twin power 60s - esm air retracts
7) 95" B25 - electric twin power 160s on 10s - sierra retracts
8) Dornier 335 - electric 65cc front, power 60 rear. Esm air retracts.. Plane weighs 37 pounds... Flies well
9) 88" ME109g - 65cc electric on 12s - sierra retracts
10) 83" FW190D9 - 65cc electric on 12s - sierra retracts...the heavier it is, the better this one flies... It's at 24 pounds.

All of them require nose weight. The CGs are questionable. Always tend to go more nose heavy then the manual....but best bet is to read through threads about specific planes here on rcu to get the exact CG that's working.

My 83" FW190 D9 was listed at 155mm, but it's set at 143 and still floats forever trying to land. I added more weight and it lands better now.

ESM are not throw it together in a week like Top Flite or Hangar 9. However, they are excellent looking planes and with some work, come out as fantastic fliers.
Change out the hardware like pushrods, etc

Not one of the 10 ESM plane's I own have any saddle misalignment.

I do have Top Flite, Hangar 9, VQ and assorted other brands as well as the ESM.

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Old 11-25-2017, 03:41 PM
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Well said Katniss, I agree with all you have said,
the Posts here on RCU about the different models are worth their weight in gold for the info that others have given us all. I picked up a lot of ideas even from threads on models I dont have.
a lot of reading on some, just pick out the useful bits of info and forget the rubbish,
I have found adding a bit more nose weight improves landing characteristics, made a big difference to my big T/F Mustang, no noticeable difference to the way it flys.
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Well guys........
Thank you for all the responses..
I guess I won't worry about a heavy plane come spring
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The only ESM plane I've ever lost was the 79" Stuka D. It was entirely a tail heavy situation brought on by a listing in the manual. I even went forward of the listed cg, but it wasn't enough.
ESM subsequently altered the manual at least 3 times.
It was the 2nd ESM plane I had acquired.
The flaps were rather strange to get attached, but otherwise the plane wasn't difficult to build.

I don't use the included wire tail wheel units that ESM used to(may still) provide. You can get a nice black plastic pull pull tail wheel setup from HK for $4.95
Works on almost every ESM single engine plane.

I was sad that I lost the stuka, but ended up getting a seagull stuka(now phoenix models stuka)
it's a good place, but not nearly as good looking as the ESM
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I was told that ESM Models at least from VQ Warbirds will no longer be available. ESM apparently lost their factory where they produce the planes . TOP RC split from ESM and now has their own factory.ESM has announced it has ceased production of all ESM Aircraft. This is not a regional decision but one that impacts all distributors worldwide. We limited stock of many different models, so get one while they are still available, once stock is gone, I am afraid to say they are gone…. READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE: ESM NEWS
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I am looking for a wing set for ESM 72" Hellcat. I especially need the center section. I there is anybody out there with an intact center section or even a whole plane that is not flying anymore, please contact me. I have tried all the dealers including one in Australia and one in Europe, but no luck. If anyone has an idea about how to find a wing, please let me know.
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