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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    Ok, here's the vid of the maiden...Not too proud of the landing attempts, but in my defence, there was a gusty headwind directly down the runway. I had put the maiden off long enough, so today was the day. she lifted off way before I expected her to, the G62 hed more than enough power, she was rock solid in flight. I added roughtly two to three click of down trim, and about two clicks of left trim. Very, very smooth in level flight. I became nervous on approach, as the gusts were very unpredictable.....I did, however, bring her home in one peice... WHEW!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmH7V9LPesI
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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    Phil,
    Congratulations again! Just watching a maiden flight makes my knees shake.... I hope I can do as well.. Thanks for posting, building on the thread, and sharing your experience. Awesome accomplishment!
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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    Thanks Guys. I learned alot on this thread. thanks to all who helped make the maiden a success!


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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    Phil,

    Once again CONGRATULATIONS on a successful maiden flight,

    Thank You for sharing the video, The best of Luck with that bird.

    And by all means don't be a stranger



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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    Good job Phil! nice bird too.

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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

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    Gibb Ncis 3
    David Tomcat 4
    Bob RT 5
    Winston Cimara 6
    Charlie Foxfoto 7
    Cliff Cliff 600 8
    Tim TIM (Deceased) 9 (RETIRED NUMBER)
    Dave D Bronk 10
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    B Bowen 13
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    Quinn Corsairkidd 17
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    Ron Flytoolow 19
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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair


    Kelly

    Great flight, sorry about the fence, But I know you eill do a great rebuild.

    Fili

    Nice to see another maiden and a good job[sm=thumbs_up.gif]

    Now if the weather would just line up with my days off mabe I can get in a flight or 2 this season[&o]

    Cheers guys Bob T



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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    T'was a great day...! Thanks Again All
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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair



    Hey Guys, I just acquired part of a Top Flite Giant Scale Corsair today. I got the wing, the robart retracts, a fiberglass cowl and a G-62, unfortunately the guy I got it from had a bad landing and the fuselage was damaged. He stripped everything out of it and layed it in the garage and his kid put it out with the trash by mistake. Does anybody have a fuselage they would  sell or can you purchase just a fuselage kit? Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Steve


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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair


    Check with Tower

    Cheers Bob T

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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    ORIGINAL: sfisher



    Hey Guys, I just acquired part of a Top Flite Giant Scale Corsair today. I got the wing, the robart retracts, a fiberglass cowl and a G-62, unfortunately the guy I got it from had a bad landing and the fuselage was damaged. He stripped everything out of it and layed it in the garage and his kid put it out with the trash by mistake. Does anybody have a fuselage theyΒ*wouldΒ* sell or can you purchase just a fuselage kit? Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Steve

    Steve,
    I checked out Tower & the Top Flite site. You could contact them directly to see if they have a replacement.
    I'd recommend buying the kit and then you'll have a spare wing for that occasional accident.

    Or better yet, you can sell your wing kit here on RCU as well as the extra parts you won't need. Your fuse will be much cheaper then!

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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    Steve, I hope you have beter luck with top flite than I did, wanted a wing kit and it is no longer available, would have to buy it by the piece. Jack Bro #55

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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    ORIGINAL: sfisher



    Hey Guys, I just acquired part of a Top Flite Giant Scale Corsair today. I got the wing, the robart retracts, a fiberglass cowl and a G-62, unfortunately the guy I got it from had a bad landing and the fuselage was damaged. He stripped everything out of it and layed it in the garage and his kid put it out with the trash by mistake. Does anybody have a fuselage theywould sell or can you purchase just a fuselage kit? Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Steve

    Steve, unfortunately you have to order by pieces. The link will give you a list of the part numbers you require.

    Roger

    http://www.top-flite.com/parts/topa0410pl.html

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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    Thanks for all the input. I checked on the website for the parts, almost the price of the kit and still wouldn't  know if I had everything I needed. Looks like I will be purchasing the kit. Thanks for all the ideas.

    Steve

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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    There is a lot of misinformation about this plane. Most egregious is that is a 'birdcage' model and the oldest flying variant. Birdcage models were last made in the 17430 range of production. This model was found in an old rail yard in Provo and indeed had a birdcage canopy on it at the time. However, all birdcage versions also had clear windows behind the sliding canopy. This plane does not and did not have clear windows.
    Hopefully, it can be restored to its original condition if a -1A canopy can be found. I have pics of it in the Provo rail yard if anyone is interested.

    Also, the "engine problems" Doan had was that he was hotdogging it off the coast of Florida and ran out of gas. All engines have problems when they have no gas.


    ORIGINAL: Dennymite

    The story behind that Corsair goes like this. It is the rarest of all the Corsair variants still flying, it is F4U-1A BuNo 17995, it is an original “bird cage” variant. After the war, the aircraft had been used as a war memorial in Provo, Utah, but when its condition went down hill, the airframe wound up in a local junkyard. It was rescued from there by the late Harry Doan in 1965. Doan slowly rebuilt the Corsair back to flying condition, making the first post-restoration flight during March 1982. Unfortunately, after experiencing engine problems, Harry crashed-landed the Corsair in the ocean near New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Quickly recovered from the salt water, Doan once again restored the fighter which flew again on 11 March 1989. After going through several owners, the Corsair was obtained in 1990 by Alpine Fighter Collection in New Zealand. Registered ZK-FUI, the plane was painted as a Royal New Zealand Air Force example. A couple of years ago, the fighter was sold to a new aviation museum in Brazil. It’s sad to see important pieces of American aviation history like this go to foreign countries, but you can’t control private property. The picture is of the late Harry Doan flying his rare junkyard Corsair over Florida in March of 1983.

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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    Just to add to what rmarshal posted above, here is a link to some info on the Planes of Fame F4U-1A which is actually the world's oldest Corsair survivor I believe.

    http://www.warbirdregistry.org/corsa...f4u-17799.html

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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

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    Devens 2
    Gibbs Ncis 3
    David Tomcat 4
    Bob RT 5
    Winston Cimara 6
    Charlie Foxfoto 7
    Cliff Cliff 600 8
    Tim TIM (Deceased) 9 (RETIRED NUMBER)
    Dave D Bronk 10
    Scott Scotty C 11
    Mike Wulf 190 12
    B Bowen 13
    R Schaffer 14
    M Callahan 15
    Randy Bossman 16
    Quinn Corsairkidd 17
    Scott Sbleile 18
    Ron Flytoolow 19
    Phil Fili 20
    R Monty 1 21
    Mike Corsairbrotherhood 22
    (NUMBERS 23 & 24) not used
    Kelly Thunderbolt 25
    Sam DaddySam 26
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    Mike Picard 1 35
    Howie Texasskydiver 36
    Leonard 555 41
    Nick Frisconick 44
    Nick M3guy100 48
    Scott Fly 2xs 49
    Gary M Gary M 50
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    George GTC 52
    Radek Radek M 53
    Jim JazzRC 54
    Jack JSCogin 55
    Robert Acerc 56
    Nchrome 57
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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    George,

    My user name is Gibbs not Gibb. Could you correct it for me please. I am getting back to work on the TFGS Corsair real soon.

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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    OK guys, update on the slow repairs.


    I decided to redo the flaps. Being I wasn't real happy with the old ones.

    These pics show the new TE and the new center flap. I was able to reuse the inner and outer flaps.
    Also got the ribs installed and now I'm waiting on wood.

    I'm also going to cut the otherside too. Being I've made this big a mess, I might as well fix everything I'm not satisfied with.

    More to come,
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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    Nice progress Kelly. I don't envy your rebuild but it reminds me that if we ding our planes we can fix 'em!
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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    Gibbs


    consider it done, at least we know your alive & well





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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    My eldest son and I took the Corsair out to our friend's flying field for some serious taxi testing. I found that there is a point between when I let up on elevator input and the plane gets going fast enough for the rudder to be effective where it wants to swing. Once speed is built up then less rudder is needed. So far nothing has shaken loose (except for sawdust and stuff). When the main gear compresses the tire rubs a bit on the front strut cover. I'm not sure if I need to add some stiffer springs or shave a bit off the door. I am in the process of putting together a short video of the taxiing. Below are two pix - one with my son and one with me and the plane.
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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    Looking really great Sam!
    That looked like a perfect Maiden Flight day.
    BTW which one is you?
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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair



    Sam

    That bird looks like it is ready, and the twq smily faces look well pleased

    Cheers Bob T

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    RE: GROUP BUILD - Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair

    Thanks for the kind words.. Although it does look like a great day for a maiden, it was actually getting on towards dusk. The camera's flash really added a neat look to the pics. I'm also pretty impressed with the old G62. Stock mag ignition, and it idles bettter than any other engine I have! I think if I get to fly some more this month we'll have the Corsair airborne before it's over. I'm the one with the graying hair!
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