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Old 09-18-2008, 11:06 AM
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Default T/F P-51 ARF Hatch

This may be old news but I found a battery hatch already built into the airframe for an electric conversion. You just have to find the edges and run a blade along it. It seperated easily and has a magnet closure system installed.
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:32 PM
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Very interesting. Just finished mine up as a electric. I'll have to check this out. Thanks for sharing the information.
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Old new? first I heard of it. And I converted mine to electric. I have to remove the wing to access the battery packs. Wish I'd known this sooner. Don't understand why Top Flite didn't help us electric power guys a little more. It was OBVIOUSLY designed to make the conversion easy. These ARFs even come with plywood parts to mount a speed controller on.
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You're kidding right? Top Flite doesn't advertise that. I will probably buy one if this is true.
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Great find. Going electric might be an option now! I am going to check mine tonight.
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I didn't specify but this is the new 1/7 scale ARF they just released. I decovered it because I was doing a different paint scheme and I also prefer Ultracote. I believe you can cut this hatch out after assembly. You would have to at minimum remove the covering around the hatch and then using a light shining through the fuse interior mark the edges of the front and rear formers of the hatch. If you look inside the fuse where the side rails of the hatch would be you will see a balsa strip. If you look close you will see a gap as this is actually two strips of balsa. At the front of the hatch you can see the backside of the dowels holding the hatch in place. The only areas that are glued are the balsa skins and the balsa stringers otherwise as soon as you cut these the hatch opens right up.

Why TF has not mentioned this is a mystery. Maybe they were going to release an ARC of this kit.
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Location of hatch looks to far forward for lipo location.
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This was covered in the thread in the warbird forum a while ago. Seems like the P-47 arf has a hatch also.

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