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Old 05-09-2007, 07:44 PM   #1
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P-51 Mustang PTS ARf engine size

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Will a Saito FA-72 work in the Hanger 9 P-51 Mustang PTS ARF?

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It might work, but it's about twice the weight of the suggested .40 size 2-stroke. It will be quite difficult to fly at only 627 square inches wing area.

A Funtana s40 with 714 square inches of wing flies much better with such a heavy engine.
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A Saito .72 is 16.7 onces. An evolution .46 is 16.96 onces. The Saito would work fine in the PTS as long as it would fit in the cowl.
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Thanks for the advice. I thought it would fit but as I am relatively new to the hobby wanted a more experienced opinion.

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Old 09-03-2007, 07:41 PM   #5
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sell the p-51 trainer and buy a proper trainer. those things are absolute crap and it will go in.

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Old 09-03-2007, 08:25 PM   #6
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I don't agree that they are crap. I enjoy mine very much, but I would hesitate to recommend it as a first plane. I do know a young chap who learned to fly with one, and has graduated to the point that all the "go slow" toys have been taken off so now it flies with a serious 2 blade APC prop and is a screamer, so it can be done. However, unless you have misspent many hours of your youth building eye hand co-ordination and reflexes on Nintendo or similar, you would be better served by a standard high wing trainer such as an LT-40 or a Nexstar.

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Old 09-03-2007, 08:36 PM   #7
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I totally disagree with YoungestPiperCUB . I have one and enjoy it immensley . Not a first plane but a very good second. I have flown mine a lot with an OS .61 4st and it handles like a dream. I put it into the dirt a couple of weeks ago (no fault of the plane) and I am going to revive it this winter cause I enjoyed flying it tons and can't be without it.


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i would caution teaching yourself with this aircraft but i can't see the harm if someone is to buddy box it then it would be a great choice and it will transition to second plane better than any trainer
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I have one with a used .40 size engine, and it flies good enough with a 2 blade 11X5 prop.

I found the controls are so sluggish with 3 blades prop and the wing extensions, the plane fly slowly and it responds to the commands slowly without stalling, I think that is the reason they advertise it as trainer. In fact some people in our club learned to fly and got their wings with Mustang PTS. But I think a regular trainer like SIG Kadet is a better choice for first plane.
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it shud work...and while ur at it u may as well go with the saito 82

but i've noticed that these planes have a low ground clearance. With the Saito 72 or 82 u'll likely be swinging a prop of 13" diameter. Dont know if that prop will clear the ground.

but that plane certainly need more power. I've flown one of them with the evo 46 2 stroke. man that thing is sluggish!! (at least for my liking)
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