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Dynam P-51 Mustang 1200mm
The Build - Warbird Series by NitroPlanes
While waiting for my A1 Skyraider to arrive "Cyber Monday" deals started to pop up, and I found one that I couldn't resist. The P-51 Mustang made by Dynam and sold by NitroPlanes.com. This is the north American version of the Mustang that was a long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and in several other conflicts.
The plane was sold as an A.R.F. kit (Almost Ready to Fly) missing only the transmitter/receiver and battery. I already had my transmitter and an extra receiver to use, so I just purchased 2 LiPo batteries for the plane, and I was good to go. This model has a 47" wingspan, putting it in the middle between my 31" T-28 Trojan and 63" A1 Skyraider. It just so happens to be the perfect size to fit in my car's trunk while fully assembled.
Lets jump right to the build photos. This model was much simpler to build compared to the Skyraider. This plane doesn't have any flaps, though it does come with cutouts premade if I wanted to add flaps, and the retractable gear doesn't rotate 90 degrees which keeps it less complex. This time all the pieces did fit on my table.
This plane does a pretty good job at keeping its details fairly scale to the real plane. A few obvious differences right away were the 3 bladed prop instead of 4, and the striped decal stickers weren't quite right, but none of this makes too much of a difference to me. (Especially since it was under $130)
I was able to attach the horizontal and vertical stabilizer easily with a few screws, and then I attached the prop and spinner. I noticed that the spinner didn't sit perfectly centered, but at higher RPM's it's not so noticeable.
The rear wheel on this model does not retract, but it's small and shouldn't cause much drag. It does turn along with the rudder, which will help controling the plane on the ground before takeoff and after landing. In the picture below you can see the front landing gear retracted, and you can also see the cutouts that have already been made for flaps if I want to add those later.
At this point the build was nearly complete, it had been about 2 hours or so. I had also glued on some of the control horns and lined up the servos. I did have to add some metal to the cockpit in the back to enable the magnet on the fuselage to hold the cockpit down. I also added some shims under the landing gear to rake it out towards the front some to help keep the plane from nosing over on the ground.