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Old 05-25-2007, 03:35 PM
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Well from what I hear the "slow boat from China" is a lot slower then anticipated. Missed the May 20th arrival date.
Screw it, I went out and bought the 83" VQ version. If i'm going to be in the dog house I'm going down big time.LOL
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Old 05-25-2007, 05:12 PM
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I just went on there site and canceled mine. I don't wish to wait any longer and you never know really when it's going to come out. What a Joke Horizon. I've been happy with my GWS 38 and will stick with it.
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Old 05-25-2007, 10:17 PM
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Just got the call from the LHS, my P-38 is in!!! I'm going to pick it up in an hour.
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Old 05-25-2007, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by tallflyer View Post
Well My last bad crash was when I flew a Foam P51 threw a chain link fence at full throttle.

Plane went through and the gear was still on the fence!

please tell me theres video!
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Old 05-25-2007, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by fstblkgti View Post
please tell me theres video!
No just a trash can full of foam at the local ball park!
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Old 05-26-2007, 03:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Glacier Girl View Post
Well from what I hear the "slow boat from China" is a lot slower then anticipated. Missed the May 20th arrival date.
Screw it, I went out and bought the 83" VQ version. If i'm going to be in the dog house I'm going down big time.LOL
When your wife kills you, can i have your VQ P-38
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Old 05-26-2007, 03:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Air Trucker View Post
got to visit the real glacier girl here at French valley and saw her fly last month at Chino. Ca with porky another p-38. What a sight and sound event. there was a p 51 with them with my friend Robbie at the controls(lady Joe). Nothing equals the sound of five allison flying over ahead. Max
Did they have an early Allison powered Mustang or was it a Merlin V12?
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Old 05-26-2007, 03:29 AM
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Originally Posted by firemanbill View Post
The FSK has the servos on top of the wing under the Supercharger cover. Well it's not a real Supercharger... I just like typing the word Supercharger!

Anyway the bottom is clean on it... good for belly landing.
Supercharger.......

Yup, yer right, that IS cool to type.
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Old 05-26-2007, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Flying 442 View Post
Just got the call from the LHS, my P-38 is in!!! I'm going to pick it up in an hour.
Did you go pick it up? And if so pics please
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Old 05-26-2007, 08:10 PM
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So you want pictures...
I unpacked it and took some pictures. First thing that happened as I pulled it out of the plastic was the cockpit fell out. The metal plate that holds it on had come unglued. No biggie, I see those thin plasic servo covers from the P-47 and know some will hate them. I just remove the velcro and tape them on. I then test fit the parts and things go well. It's no P-47, but it could be with a little time from me. For those that loved the weathered panel lines on the P-47 (me!), that is gone. You get the brown off the supercharger unit, but you have to add your own overspray/weathering. As I look at the pilot I see he has been glued to one side of his seat. Must have been shot in the butt and is keeping weight off that cheek. All-in-all a nice plane. Can't wait to start building, but for now I have to go flying. Jon
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Old 05-26-2007, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by merlin v12 View Post
When your wife kills you, can i have your VQ P-38
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And I want your 92" P-38 Brad
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Old 05-27-2007, 03:35 AM
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My buddy just got one of these today. I can't wait to see it in action. He also got the new flying boat the PBY Catalina.

http://www.electrifly.com/largeelectrics/gpma1154.html

He and Brad have all the neat toys!!!!

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Old 05-29-2007, 03:56 AM
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theres a build thread on another forum(rc groups) on this plane. sounds like a great flying plane. I can't wait to get one.
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Crash Test Dummy View Post
My buddy just got one of these today. I can't wait to see it in action. He also got the new flying boat the PBY Catalina.

http://www.electrifly.com/largeelectrics/gpma1154.html

He and Brad have all the neat toys!!!!

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OH boy now you've done it I have to get that PBY.
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:30 PM
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Just did the maiden flight of my P-38. All smiles. Pictures to follow.

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Old 06-13-2007, 05:18 AM
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My buddy maidened his P-38 this Sunday. We got it on video. Check out this take off!!! We were cracking up LOL!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMUGPLBtQrM

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Old 06-13-2007, 12:27 PM
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Man he was lucky he was over powered on that take off. That should have been a really ugly stall/death spiral, yanking it off the ground like that. Been there / done that. LOL
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Old 06-14-2007, 05:01 AM
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Yea he got REAL LUCKY!!!! You couldn't see it in the video but there were a bunch of leaves flying after buzz cut the tree!! LOL!! We were just crackin up! I'm glad he saved his plane.

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Old 06-14-2007, 12:05 PM
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That looked to be about the worst flying field I have ever seen!

Narrow, cramped, plane eating cars, trees, light poles and asphault. No thanks, I will stick to farmer's fields, thank you very much
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Old 06-14-2007, 04:54 PM
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I'm with Monkey on that one. I don't think I would have ever seen that parking lot and said "yea, this looks like a great place to fly". Forget about a maiden. I'll wait months untill I can get to my "home" field, with lots o' tall cushy grass and no trees or distractions, if I have too.
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Old 06-14-2007, 06:05 PM
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I have a bad feeling this could go to a finger pointing session. I was not being critical of thier choice of field. I just know my skills and I would end up with a flat, lost, or combination of the two, plane.
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:27 PM
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CTD,

Was that at Stuart Complex? Looked familiar......
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:44 PM
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That video it really looked as if the plane was underpowered, was that WOT when he took off?

What motors are in that bird?
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Old 06-15-2007, 02:55 AM
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I bought E-Flite P-38 last week and have it ready to fly tomorrow, 6-15-2007. It's a "foamy" of course but seems to be fairly sturdy, but a couple of complaints to mention. First, there are a LOT of wires with servos, wye connectors, 2 brushless esc's, power leads, and battery wye connector. Put all those wires with a battery and a receiver in the center fuselage, closing the lid becomes a challenge. I did do some foam trimming and might do more after the first flight. Second is the tube for attaching the wing. It's a two piece affair with an angle built in for the wing dihedral. The center of the two tubes is held together with a c-section tube that was sort of spot glued to the wing tubes. While pushing the battery into place, this popped loose. I reattached it using epoxy. By the way, this seems to be a main structural part too, because when it gave way, the plane looked like it might split in two if not handled carefully before replacing the c-section tube connector. This same tube and connector are too low in the center fuselage so you cannot slide a battery forward or backward within the battery campartment because a battery of the recommended mah range will not fit under the tube.

Mine came out nose heavy, so it would have been nice if I could have slid the battery back. As it was, I had to add an ounce of weight way back under the horizontal stabilizer to get the plane to balance. They did not provide a handy cavity to add weight way at the back. I suppose I could have added 2 ounces of weight in one or both of the tail section servo compartments, but I wanted to keep it as light as posible.

I used two E-Flite 450 brushless outrunner motors with two Phoenix 25 amp controllers and a 3 cell LiPo for the power system.

I'll let you know how the first flight went. Fingers crossed everyone that I don't crash it the first day out.
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Old 06-15-2007, 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by gfdengine204 View Post
CTD,

Was that at Stuart Complex? Looked familiar......
No it isn't. I have to agree with some of the posters here, I wouldn't want to fly from that parking lot either but it wasn't my plane or my choice. Just to the other side there is a very large grass field that we sometimes fly at.

DH,

No I have no idea why he took such a long run before powering up enough to lift off.

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