This superb looking P-51D is from our top quality Durafly range and has enough scale detail and features to keep any warbird enthusiast happy. The 1100mm range offers the RC pilot a practical size model that can be easily transported and uses the ever popular 2200mAh 3s Lipoly pack, yet at the same time, the model is large enough to have presence and is able to tackle most airfields, not to mention a little wind, making it very practical.
As well as looking fantastic, this Mustang is plug and fly, meaning very little assembly work is needed. The powerful outrunner motor, ESC, navigation lights, servoless electric retracts & servos are all pre-installed leaving you to glue on the tailfeathers and some scale detailing, bolt on the plug in wings and go flying!
We have flown this superb P-51 extensively during testing and it will not disappoint, there is plenty of power for those really scale warbird aerobatics and the airframe is viceless with no hint of a tip stall. The pre-installed flap servos have a nice, slow operation to help prevent ballooning and the flaps themselves allow the approach speed to get down to a crawl without a hint of wingrock. There is no doubt, this is one fantastic looking warbird and it flies as easily as a low wing trainer!
I have read of some landing gear failures in the Durafly. The screws on the gear supports seemed tight, but re-checking them found the screws were not fully seated. Use the supplied screwdriver and carefully get those screws tight ** I had to use more than normal pressure to get them seated ** they will bottom out without stripping. This could be a reason fot the support failure
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I maidened mine this evening - SkyLipo 2200mah 3-cell pack, everything else completely stock. Slight crosswind, WSW @ 8-10 mph gusting around 15.
As others have reported, the pushrods are a little confusing at first take. I ended up swapping the flap and aileron pushrods, adjusting the allen screw on the control horn to fix both the elevator and rudder, and finally I actually had to unscrew the elevator horn and re-orient it because mine was centered about 45 degrees to the rear as opposed to a straight 90 degree angle to the fuselage.
One mistake I made was trying to lessen the load on the rudder pushrod by placing the clevis in the outermost hole. After the first takeoff nearly pulled me into the weeds, I adjusted it to the innermost hole with much better success on the next takeoff roll. Recommend others do the same - You are going to need a lot of right boot on takeoff, and if you don't have enough, your takeoff will suffer a wide left arc.
Once in the air it is pretty mild-mannered and I was surprised that it actually flew more like a "warbird" than I initially suspected it would. Airspeed is indeed necessary, and you can fall off the table in a stall if you screw around and get slow. It isn't a difficult plane to fly by any means, but it is no T-28 as far as the forgiving characteristics go, and that isn't necessarily a bad thing!
Flaps made landing reasonably easy, a
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Got this gorgeous Mustang from my wife for Xmas. It arrived about 2 weeks later in perfect condition!
The plane is absolutely stunning, tons of detail and quality everywhere. Paint job is beautiful and the fuel tanks on the wings are really cool! Build time was very quick and I'm extremely pleased with the Durafly range.
Have not flown it yet since it's winter here but I'm reading lots of good flight reviews.
I' definitely recommend it!
Awesome job HK! The quality of the kit is superb. One piece wing that is removable with four main screws.
The detail is exceptional, as is the fit and finish. The cowl is hard plastic, not flimsy like many other models. Retracts have metal trunions (tail not retractable). The cockpit is highliy detailed and snaps in place.
The battery compartment fits the flightmax, zippy, and Turnigy 2200mah well. If you want larger battery, a longer pack would fit easily, as would one a few millimeters larger in height and width, but too much would require removing some foam.
The lights are labelled channel 2 and the elevator was labelled channel 3 (as was the esc), so simply plug lights into another open channel, or plug your esc into the third branch of the y-harness then plug the lights into channel 3 and your elevator into channel 2 as it should be.
Kit includes some extra clevis and even some rubber grommets to ensure they stay closed. Kit includes extra wing bolts and extra spinner screw (extra's usually unheard of).
The drop tanks slide into rails, so they are easily removed.
All of the control rods for the ailerons an flaps were 1/2 inch or more too long, so I had to cut and add new z-bends.
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This is a great looking model for the $$! I have the P-51 and the Corsair. Both look great! They go together very easily. The kits arrived in good condition and were packed neat and orderly. All parts are packed in individual wrapping making them easier to identify and find. If You live in the U.S. expect to wait a while for the order to arrive. But considering the quality and the price, well worth the wait!!!! The decals could be better but again, a supremely scale looking 6 channel warbird at an extremely reasonable price!!!
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It looks great, flies great, response great. Enough power for scale flying and has got strong and durable retract gear. Flaps make landing easier. Very recommendable.