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Old 05-08-2016, 09:41 AM   #1
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In exchange for finishing some planes, a friend of mine gave me a mint, new in box EZ P-51 Mustang ARF. Even came with the 1987 Model Airplane News build/review article! Considering Nick Ziroli Sr was reluctant to hand the controls back to the author of the article, I'd guess the flying characteristics are excellent. For those not so old as I, the EZ line from Hobby Shack were early ARFs, balsa and ply, but with a 1/8th foam/plastic covering, complete with paint, panel lines, markings, and weathering. They're not super scale, although the canopy on the Mustang is supposed to be extremely accurate. I'll post some pics soon, of all the parts, and then when I get into the assembly (I don't consider doing an ARF as a "build" ), will add photos and comments on that as well. I'm hoping to keep it as stock as possible. I, like so many builders and flyers of our time, refused to own an ARF, but I'd heard so many good things about it, I regretted not owning one. Well now's my chance.
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Old 05-10-2016, 04:27 PM   #2
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I had one. It was a blast. Landed like a trainer.
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Re: 29 year old P-51

And I put retracts in mine.
Not sure if your ARF version has fixed gear or not. Mine was the kit, which only had fixed gear. I built the retracts into it while I was building the wing.
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Old 05-10-2016, 04:38 PM   #4
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It comes with both, fixed or mechanical retracts, and rails, wheel wells, etc are all set up for either.
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:04 PM   #5
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OK, I promised Coyote (Marc cayouette) that I wouldn't start this until I finished his T-34, so no one blab! Sides, had my fingers crossed when I told him that. Anyways, I started. First thing was to set up for the control rods. They are old-school, with metal rods, pre-bent, thank goodness, that are attached to dowels, which are notched and drilled to accept them. Once epoxied in place, heat shrink tubing is put over the dowel, ensuring the rods stay put. The instructions call for the control rods to be put in place after the tail feathers are glued in, but the build article in MAN, clearly recommends not to do this, as it would be nearly impossible to get the rods slid into place. Even without the tail feathers on, the elevator wires were nearly impossible, but with some perseverance, I finally got them in with Leeann's help. After that, the tail wheel assembly was glued into the rudder, and when dry, the tail feathers were epoxied into place. Alignment was excellent, and I quickly had that part done. Oh, forgot to mention, first thing I did was put the instrument panel in, and Leeann is already painting a pilot for the plane.
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Re: 29 year old P-51

Next step was to epoxy in the wing mounting plate, which already had the blind nuts installed. I have to remember this trick for the future, tack the plate into position, then mark and drill the holes, remove the plate, and install the blind nuts. It would make securing them much easier than blindly trying to get epoxy in to hold them in place. With that done, next was the servo tray, or should I say trays. There are two, one aft, one forward, depending on the engine to be used. I looked at the setup, and figured, why not install both? I can mount the receiver on the one I don't use, and it will stiffen up the fuse a bit. I'm going to be using a 90 four-stroke, max recommended power, so might as well err on the side of strength. After that mod, I then epoxied together the two 1/8th ply dihedral braces. Note from the photo, they were warped, but by flipping one, and then epoxying, they came out nice and flat. That, and another pre-cut and tapered balsa brace are slid into one wing, with epoxy, and when dry, attached to the other wing. Alignment again was perfect, and there's no slop in the dihedral braces, so you're sure to get it right.
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:13 PM   #7
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Re: 29 year old P-51

Step three, attach the wings after drilling the holes through the ply plate. The radiator is supposed to be drilled for slipping in the two wing mounting bolts. Didn't like that idea, bolts are short, and could be easily lost inside, so went to plan B. I simply glued support blocks onto the ply wing mounting bolt plate, on either side, slid the radiator into place, and attached with four allen head screws. Simple, fast, and no big holes in the Rad!
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:15 PM   #8
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Last step for the night, there are two plastic covers for the top and bottom wing center section. All plastic is supposed to be attached to the skin using thin CA. I was a bit leery, but it works amazingly well, no issues at all. Next, I'll likely install the control horns, hook up the clevis' to the horns/rods, and then get to work on installing the retracts.
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Re: 29 year old P-51

I dunno Dave.... What are you going to do with a plane like that?

ARF just dont seem to suit you.
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:11 PM   #10
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It's a welcome break from a mix of scratch-building, and doing complicated kits, and it brings back memories of old. It will be a fun flyer, for sure, and it's rather unique, so I like! lol I know Marc has the EZ Zero, so maybe it will spur him on to get it done, for some dogfighting!
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