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Old 05-12-2016, 01:35 PM   #11
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Old 05-12-2016, 04:03 PM   #12
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Not a clue, most of my projects end up being a surprise! lol
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Old 05-16-2016, 07:02 PM   #13
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Got the engine today, a NIB ASP 91 four stroke, should be decent power, without going too crazy, and swing a larger prop at slower RPM. The engine mount comes installed, you simply drop the engine in place, measure from the firewall forward to ensure the proper length, and then two aluminum plates are drilled for the engine lugs, and everything bolted up. Cowl is a two-piece plastic affair, I've cut the rough opening for the cylinder. Cowl is glued with medium CA, and once it's nicely set up, I'll have to enlarge the opening, make room for the muffler, needle valve, etc. Cowl is held in place with three quick release fasteners, I'm guessing they might be a bit of a pain, but we'll see!
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Old 05-16-2016, 08:34 PM   #14
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With the engine mounted, and fearing the worst, I started to fit the cowl. Once it was able to slide fully into place, with the mounting brackets fastened to the cowl, but not the fuse, I was able to get in and mark the holes, drill them, and then remove the brackets, screw them into the firewall and fuse, and surprise, everything fit the first time. Note, there's currently zero down thrust, and a bit of right, some down thrust will obviously be required to center the spinner, and will be required anyways. So, once that is done, engine installation will be complete. Next is installing the fuel tank, and then checking CG to determine servo and battery placement.
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Old 05-16-2016, 10:06 PM   #15
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Re: 29 year old P-51

I hate to say it Dave, but so far it looks damn ugly. It's just not up the the mwavesdave standard I am used to seeing
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Old 05-17-2016, 09:19 PM   #16
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It's the nostalgia. 1987 vintage ARF, should be fun to fly. I'm spending hours on instrument panel and interior on the wildcat, as well as a Top Flite T-34, with custom built cockpit interior, this is plain and simple assembly, and to me it's just ugly enough to be cool. Couple of seasons down the road, when the foam covering is all beat up, maybe I can strip it down, sheet it, glass, and go nuts.
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All is done, except for installation of the pilot, and canopy. Careful placement of servos and battery, all aft of the CG, meant that with the .91 four stroke, CG came out bang on. Always good when you don't have to add weight! She's very light, so the test flight will be a careful one, might be a tad over powered!
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Two flights today, absolutely no trim changes required, which was rather nice. Once the handling was confirmed, played a bit with the throws, upped the elevator throws a bit, and really opened up the throws on the ailerons. Airplane is light, fast, but lands very slowly. I can best compare it to my Ultra Sport 40 for handling. It's unique, antique, and for fun flying, a winner. The colour scheme, while very cool on the ground, actually can be a problem if you get too far out, it quickly melds into one solid shade of blue, but keeping it in a bit, and all was great!
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A shot of the Mustang on the flight line.
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Re: 29 year old P-51

Now, I'm no scale judge, nor a real Mustang fanatic... but I don't think the outline is all that bad at all. I've certainly seen far, far worse! Grats on the successful maiden.
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