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Old 03-29-2005, 03:50 AM
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A Hayes 16 oz tank is strapped in place right over the CG. This way, the CG stays at the same location whether the tank is empty or full.

Specific gravity of methanol: 0.792
Specific gravity of nitro: 1.136

16 oz of YS 20/20 fuel: 16*(0.8*0.792 + 0.2*1.136) = 13.77 oz

So, 16 oz of fuel weighs close to 14 oz. As a result, the plane will be very nose heavy on take off if the tank is placed right behind the firewall.
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Old 03-29-2005, 04:01 AM
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Since I have room behind the firewall, I can just tee the fuel lines out the side of the fuselage and cap them off with a pair of fuel dots for fueling and defueling.
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Old 03-29-2005, 04:04 AM
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Fuel lines are hooked up to the powerhouse. Red = pressure. Blue = fuel.
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Old 03-30-2005, 05:32 PM
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Look Great!
I am build a top flight 1/7 p-51 and I was going to use the Tuskegee Airmen "Bunnie" color scheme. I have the same pilot and your almost looks identical to mine. My plane is all framed up and the wing is glassed and ready for paint. Hopefully it will be ready for her maiden flight in two weeks or so. Keep up the good work.
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Old 03-30-2005, 10:18 PM
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Thanks.

It's almost decal time. I used a flatbed scanner to scan in a 1/24th scale decal sheet by AMtech, Part #TGR-24101. I then used Adobe Illustrator to replicate the decals in vector format and enlarged them to 1/7th scale. The Illustrator files were sent over to Denny at Cajun RC to have a complete set of high quality decals made. You won't see me butchering up an authentic color scheme on any of my warbirds.

By the way, I've added some background info on the Tuskegee Airmen to Post #1 of this thread.
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Old 03-31-2005, 12:12 AM
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Got the first two decals on. I think I will wait until the canopy is on before doing the rest of the decals.
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:42 AM
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Richard, how hard was it to strip the covering? I've been considering doing something similar to an entire H9 P-51. I've always liked the lines on the P-51D, but I don't want the typical American paint scheme. I'd love to redo one in a Canadian Scheme. 404 Sqn had them painted in the typical British format, green and grey camo, with a yellow stripe on the nose. Would be pretty cool and different looking.

But I'm worried that it's a bit too much work to strip the WHOLE thing. I'd probably have to cover it all in light grey, and then spray paint the dark grey and green on top.
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:53 AM
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It wasn't hard for me to strip the covering. The factory did not use Balsarite or other types of chemical to prep the wood surfaces, so the covering came off easily.
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Old 03-31-2005, 10:48 AM
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Below are two pictures showing her with her goodies covered for your viewing pleasure:
Oh brother!


By the way, nice to see a different color scheme on one of these!

I wish they would offer some of the ARFs as ARC or with just a base color so we could customize them easier.
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Old 03-31-2005, 11:59 AM
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I agree!

My Modeltech SE5a is covered in glossy cream and olive drab Monokote... Monokote DOES make flat, I don't know why they didn't use that.[&:]
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Old 03-31-2005, 02:43 PM
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I wish they would offer some of the ARFs as ARC or with just a base color so we could customize them easier.
Yes, I wish the major kit manufacturers would offer some of their popular warbirds as ARCs. For instance, I would love to have a Skyshark 109 ARC or a TF FW190 ARC. TF currently offers their 1/5 P-51 as an ARC. It would be nice if they do the same to the rest of their warbirds.
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Old 04-02-2005, 01:45 AM
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I'm doing the same with a Kyosho P-40.

I already knew the horizontal tail was weak so I removed the covering to fix it (will end up building a whole new one most likely). After looking at that crappy stick-on covering I couldn't stand it and ripped it all off. Its was adhesive backed so it was kind of a pain. I've got a couple rolls of pre-primed Micafilm squirreled away that I'm gonna recover it with. Still deciding on a color sceme.

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The rear stab of two different Kyosho P-40's blew up in mid flight at my field, so you are doing the right thing. There are plenty of cool color schemes to choose from for the P-40E. I bet you will be able to find lots of pictures on the net via Google search.
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Old 04-02-2005, 10:21 AM
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4-way variable air control valve for the retracts in place:
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Lt. Charles White sitting in the cockpit:
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I wasn't too happy with the supplied instrument panel decal, so I downloaded a picture of one from a P-51D and printed it out on label paper:
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Decals applied:
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very nice job
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Thanks Udi.

She is ready to rock and roll:



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Weight:

* Fuselage: 6 lbs 1.6 oz
* Wing: 3 lbs 0.8 oz
* Total: 9 lbs 2.4 oz





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Nice Nice Nice Nice Nice. Great job Richard. Wish we could fly our Tuskegee Mustangs together. Is there a video coming soon?
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Yes, videos are coming soon.
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Great job Richard L. Vvvvvvvvvery good Job!!!!!!
Please post a pic with you and your Stang i would love to add it to my site if you don't mind.
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Thanks. Will try to get a mug shot of me and my Stang.
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By the way, the plane balanced perfectly with the rx battery pack laying in the cavity behind the firewall and no additional lead added.

I wish I could use gear doors but my struts and wheels are not sunken deep enough into the wing.

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