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Old 05-18-2006, 08:36 PM   #1
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I just picked up a Black Horse 60 size Mustang ARF. To me it looks awesome for the price. I as yet have not started to build but I'm impressed with what I see. The quality seems very good to excellent. A lot of the hardware is included in the kit. It has flaps and retracts and the rudder uses a pull-pull system. The retracts may be a little problem as I fly off grass. I will keep you posted here as I progress in the next week or so.

Has anyone else any experience with this particular kit???
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Old 05-19-2006, 08:28 PM   #2
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I'm curious, is Black Horse made by Seagull or Phoenix models or did they buy out one of these companies??
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Black Horse Models are made in Vietnam, the company was started by the son of the guy who owns Seagull.
I built one of the Mustangs for a store display, it went together quite well.
The only issues I had where the vertical stab needed a bit of trimming to get it flush with the fuselage, and be very careful putting the wells in the wings for the retracts as there is no support under the wing sheeting, if I built another one, I would sheet in the wells with balsa, rather than use the plastic wells that come with the plane (I may even do that to this one, if I keep it)
I mounted a Saito .91 4-stroke inverted, and it fits nicely under the cowl, with no cutting, a .61 2-stroke with a Bisson inverted muffler should fit as well.
If you have any questions, pm me.
Good luck with the build.
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Old 05-22-2006, 10:21 AM   #4
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retract servo

I am using JR equipment. Is the JRPS791 retract servo the one to use???
It is rated at 260 oz-in torque and rate of 1.55sec/60 degrees.

What is the need to reinforce the wheel well?? Is there pressure there that I'm not considering??

The vertical stab seems to fit nicely on this model. That's the thing about ARFs they all vary slightly.
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Old 05-22-2006, 01:33 PM   #5

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The JR retract servo will work fine, it is actually better than the Hitec retract servo that I used, the JR has twice the torque, and half the speed, so should be a little more realistic in operation (I may have to look at switching mine)
Look at the wheel wells on the wing, and notice how on one side all you have is the wing sheeting, with no support under it. When you install the plastic wheel wells, they are a snug fit and the wing sheeting will have a tendancy to push in and crack at this point. I also found that the wing has a slight contour to it, but the retract wells do not, so you have to "play" with them a bit, to get them to sit flush.
When you install the flap servos, be sure to place one link to the inside and one link to the outside of the servos, I like mine to be symetrical, so I placed them both to the inside, but to do this you must take one servo apart and rewire it to run in reverse, or your flaps will act like ailerons!
One other thing I should mention, This plane sits low, there is less than 1" clearance to the belly scoop, so you should bend the tail wheel down to give it a bit more, and be very carefull flying off grass.
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