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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    Thanks, Chad! The compliment means alot coming from you. I did try to make them look fairly accurate without much detailing, but I'm sure you could make 'em look better with a little extra work. These are made to work for a living, and not just be window dressing! I'll tell you what... I'll trade you a set of my pylons and bombs for one one of your belly tanks and wheel covers! I can't make any of my Hellcat tanks right now...

    One more thing, I powered mine with an Evolution 1.00 2 stroke, and once I crimped the outlets of my pitts muffler down a bit to increase back pressure, this engine is "cookin' with gas", if ya know what I mean. Dead reliable and powerful... actually too powerful for this plane. It kicks the poop out of a Magnum 1.08 or a Super Tigre 90 (both good engines, too). I really am going to join the gasoline engine bandwagon soon, as a matter of fact this may be one of the last glows I do for a while. I now have an ESM Stuka to build... it WILL be gas.

    Has anyone else used an Evolution in this plane?
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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    Mr Sand,

    I had about 3/16" with the choke open. I did cut a box into the firewall just to give some beathing room around the carb, but it cleared without it.
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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF


    ORIGINAL: Firepower R/C
    I'll tell you what... I'll trade you a set of my pylons and bombs for one one of your belly tanks and wheel covers! I can't make any of my Hellcat tanks right now...
    When do you need said items Firepower? The gear doors are no problem but I too am unable to make drop tanks right at the moment. However, I should be able to make them again in a month or two if you can wait that long. Let me know, I'd be glad to work a trade with you. Oh, and I wouldn't need the tank pylons any time soon either as these would be for my second Hellcat which is still a long way from being finished!


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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    Flying this Hellcat the other day and thought I noticed an object fall off. Usually not a good thing since I wasn't carrying bombs. Put the gear down and sure enough it was a wheel from the right gear. I'm going to have to have a word with the head of maintaince. Good thing about the Hellcat is I was able to belly land with only scratched paint on the belly.

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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF


    ORIGINAL: RBean
    I'm going to have to have a word with the head of maintaince.
    Some disciplinary action is in order
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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    Resurrecting this thread to give some props to Firepower. I purchased a set of his F6 bomb mounts and they are top notch. I need to do some cleanup around the attachment sites but that is 100% my fault for not scrubbing out the markings and using too much pen in the first place. This was my first time doing any customization so I was a little hesitant but Firepower was nothing but helpful and fielded a few calls and emails from me with my questions.
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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    Maybe you could try a tiny bit of white paint for a touch-up? Looks good! I see that this is also your first post on RCU... welcome!!!! Don't use CA debonder for cleanup on the plastic... ask me how I know
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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    My first thought was using a little bit of paint as well, but thenI started to wonder if it would look off if the white's weren't the exact same shade. ThenI was thinking about sanding around the mounts and applying a few thing strips of white covering.

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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    It sounds like you are on the right track, just don't melt the plastic with the covering iron, and stay away from a heat gun altogether.
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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    Any updates?
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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    Anybody still flying,putting together the Hellcat?I'm putting one together now,trying to put Robarts in it.It's not been easy,the ribs in my arf are so crooked it's almost impossible to get anything else square.I have made some progress though,I've got the left side retract done.Anyway was just wondering if anybodys still interested in the H9 Hellcat.

    Later Jim.

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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    fixin to fly mine...been awhile...

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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    I need to fix my firewall and put the saito back on...to many belly landings due to dead sticks a few months back. I follow this blog...I love the plane

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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    I am still excited about my latest H9 Hellcat. I put an Evilution 1.00 on mine and beefed up the tail. I call it an Evilution because there are many that don't like 'em. Mine is running great since I adjusted the outlet area on the pitts muffler. Stock retracts that hang out too much... Blech. I did make some pylons for it as well, but I haven't flown this one yet. I really hope it flies as good as all the others I have read about. I don't know what it is about Hellcats that I like so much... They just have an undescribable mystique about them, heh heh. I could have one hundred of them and love them all.
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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    I've been flying my Hellcat with a DLE 20 gas engine and flaps. Flys great, but the other day I took off and it needed about 4 or 5 clicks of down trim. No changes had been made to the airplane. So I throttled back, gear and flaps down and landed. On inspection I found the leading edge of the right rear stablizer was cracked. Now repaired and beefed up. Just glad I found the problem before it caused a crash. Over 200 flights this plane.
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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    Flew mine this morning. Great as usual.

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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    Rbean, I am glad you caught it too! How are those flaps working out for you? Are you running the stock gear?
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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    RBean what retracts do you have in your Cat?

    Later Jim.

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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    I'm using Century Jet retracts. I had to modify them some. Installed larger spring for rotation and replaced the rivets with 3mm lock nut and bolt. Flaps work great. Really slow down the landing speed. Mine is a little heavier than some because of the gas engine. Lots of trim change with flaps. Had to set mix for gear down with no flaps and another for flaps down, but worked out great.

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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    Here are some more pictures of the flap set up. Also enlarged the wheel wheels and used 4" wheels for our grass strip and angled them more forward. They hang out a little when retracted, but can't really see that when its flying. These are 93 degree gear, really need about 100 degrees for them to angle forward enough and fit flush in wing.
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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    I installed a Saito 100 with the valve covers at the 7 oclock position. The motor system also has a on board glow. I did that (obglow) because the fuel tank is higher than the carb throat. Has any one lowered the stock tank location?

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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    I finally got the carb dialed in...had to lean it a couple of turns on the low end...now the motor idles so low its hard to shut down

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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    Still flyin' mine. OS .91FX hauls her around pretty well Stock retracts always need attention. Well over 300 flites.

    Salt air from sitting on the carrier deck does take it's toll after 4 or 5 years!

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    RE: H9-F6F Hellcat 60 ARF

    I know what you mean about the retracts. Soft landings help alot...if they get unrepairable only another 28 bucks or so. I was thinking about a set of electric retracts someday. The large eflites work (with some modifications) on the TF P-51, don't know about the hellcat


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