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Old 11-30-2012, 06:23 PM   #1
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Hey there guys, and gals.

Im going to do a build this winter. It will be my first full on build. I have done scratch repairs, recovers and everything has always come out incredible. SO I thought I would do a giant scale. Now before You flame me for doing such a large scale 1st full build. I should say Im very good with building stuff. Im a Mechanic, welder, and used to build model cars all the time.

But anyways I want some suggestions and input of a good kit some recomendations on engines. but ill start with what Im thinking and we can go from there.

First off Im thinking about starting with the TopFlite 1/5th scale P51D kit.I will be using a gas engine but havent decided what one for sure. Im looking into the O.S GT55, But ideally I would love a multi cylinder 4 stroke to have that incredible sound aswell, But I know there arent really many big gas 4 strokes big enough to have a powerful 19lb plane.. So Im prolly going to just have to settle with the 2 strokers.

what kind of servos do you think I would need? Im going to be running flaps to keep it scale esk,

For the covering Im thinking somehing like chrome and yellow but not 100% yet on that one.

what do you guys think? Im thinking on picking up the kit in the next couple weeks. do you know the quality of this kit? and do you know any others?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:48 AM   #2
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Re: P-51D build? ideas and thoughts...

I've built and flown the Top Flight Giant scale P-47 and if the P-51 is similar you will be very happy with the quality of the kit. A full house giant scale warbird is a lot to take on though for a first giant scale aircraft. The building part is not difficult and in many ways it is a bit easier because the parts are bigger. The cost to outfit and finish a giant scale plane will be a bit of an eye opener though (covering, servos, retracts etc.).

I can tell you that the Top Flight P-47 is a GREAT first giant scale warbird. It has a big fat wing and does not tip stall very easily. It has a nice long tail moment so it tracks like a pattern plane. I finished mine last spring and it won the open class at the BC Scalemasters contest in Vernon in July. It handles really well on the ground and has good take off manners with a nice wide main gear. Here is a video that I did (my first attempt at a youtube video) of some early flights.

A two stroke DLE55, OS 55 or DA60 would be a very good combination for either the P-47 or the P-51 but you will need to add a fair bit of nose weight to get it to balance. I shoehorned in a 3W80 and I still needed to strap about a pound of lead to the firewall! Keep everything behind the CG as light as you can and don't worry about how much weight you have to add to get it to balance - the plane can easily take it!

Don't scrimp on the batteries, receiver or servos (I always use a redundant battery system - just in case). The Top flight instructions recommend the servo strength that you need. Hope this info help you as you decide what to build.
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:23 AM   #3
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Re: P-51D build? ideas and thoughts...

I'm a huge fan of the Top Flite kits. The Corsair is probably one of the easiest of all of them to fly, but the P-47 would be a strong contender for that title as well. I'm also really impressed with my Sea Fury, and looking foward to flying my FW 190D-9 this spring. The P-51 is sexy, no doubt, but it's not at all as forgiving as the other TF warbirds! I had the smaller one, and it had all the characteristics, good and bad, of the real aircraft. Fly it like a P-51, and it's great. Agree with Gord, take lots of time, build the tail light (but strong), buy the best gear you can possibly afford. Lots of build threads out there to get ideas as well, and if you run into anything you're not 100% sure of, ask on here. Oh, and be sure to post your own build thread!
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Re: P-51D build? ideas and thoughts...

Hi Jason.

As a Byron P-51 owner/builder/flyer I love my p-51 and continue to get rave compliments on it. I have the 4 bladed drive system and 42cc engine, but it is known for being some underpowered. It is the ultimate scale look though.

I've also built scratch using Nick Ziroli plans ( his DC-3 ) and Nick offers a beautiful and scale P-51. He also is supported by companies who supply parts for his kits such as retracts, even a fiberglass fuse and shows all cost on his web site: http://www.ziroliplans.com/ziroliplans/p51-doss.html

You cant go wrong with the Top Flight kits but this Is more scale and quite accurate as compared to a kit. Things like how the control surfaces are hinged, actual shape of the airplane etc. it IS more work as generally it's just plans but very rewarding when done. I've been flying my DC-3 for 7 years now with no airframe issues. I agree a 50cc gasser is a good way to go as well.

Just food for thought from a p-51 flyer... Peter
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