FMS P-51D Mustang V8 Red Tail 1450mm (57") Wingspan - PNP
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FMS 1450mm (57") P-51D Mustang V8 Red Tail (Duchess Arlene) Receiver Ready (PNP) - FMS008RT
When this version 8 of the FMS P51D Mustang was first introduced a few years ago it had the most scale detail and most refined features of nearly any EPO foam RC plane on the market at that time. The attention to detail and quality was simply amazing for the time and still holds up in today's world of ever-growing features and amenities for foam warbirds.
The ailerons, elevator, and rudder feature 17g metal gear servos and the servoless e-retracts feature metal trunnions for extra durability. The landing gear struts on the FMS P51D are all metal and shock absorbing. The large tires and shock absorbing struts allow for easy flight from a grass field and also help to take the force out of an occasional hard landing. The flaps on the FMS P51 feature an extra slow moving servo for scale detail.
The inner and outer landing gear doors open and close using a sequencer to allow for the most detailed landing gear ever seen on an FMS P-51 Mustang. In addition to all the features, the FMS P-51 is simply an amazing flyer. The latest version features a scale sequencer, battery tray, metal gear servos, and many more updated features.
Visit the Official FMS 1400mm P-51D V8 Discussion Thread on HobbySquawk.com for additional photos, videos, reviews, and customer Q&A.
- Upgraded, shock absorbing struts
- Scale details like sliding canopy, functional air scoop, drop tanks (removable) and sequenced landing gear doors
- Realistic 14" Four Blade Propeller
- Scale pilot figure
- Reinforced control surfaces (ailerons, elevator, and rudder)
- High visibility LED navigation lights
- Full functioning drop-hinge flaps for quick takeoffs and smooth landings
- Durable EPO Foam
- 6 Channel Radio - Select a minimum 6 channel radio from our Radio Collection
- 6 Channel Receiver - Select a minimum 6 channel receiver from our Receiver Collection
- 4 Cell 14.8V 3600 mAh Lipo Battery with EC3 Connector - EPR36004E
- 4 Cell Compatible Battery Charger - Select a minimum 4 cell (4S) charger from our Charger Collection
- Sound System for very realistic engine sound. Click Here
- FMS 4250-580kV motor which will pull 62A (static) and yield a significant boost in performance. The 580Kv motor is 2mm longer so there will be a slight gap between spinner and cowl. Click Here
- Castle 100A ESC Click Here
- Castle 10A BEC Click Here
- Add smoke to your electric plane. Smoke System for electric RC Planes. Click Here
1450mm / 57.0in
1240mm / 49.0in
2350g / 82.9oz
CG (Center of Gravity)
110mm from Leading Edge
4250-Kv540 Brushless Motor
Electronic Speed Control
70A ESC, Internal 5A SBEC with EC3 Connector
Propeller / EDF
14x8 Four Blade Propeller
17g Digital Metal Gear Servo : left aileron, right aileron, rudder
Electronic Retracts (main gear and tail)
14.8V 3000 - 3600mAh 30C 4 cell LiPo with EC3 Connector
Product Spare Parts
Product Questions & AnswersNOTE: Questions submitted on this page are answered by customers who have previously purchased this item. If you have a support related question that requires immediate assistance, please visit our Help Center.
- June 5, 2015 - We have many customers asking us what new features are included on this plane. Newly updated features:
- Upgraded, shock absorbing struts with new 4mm diameter lower section
- New Removable battery tray (same as P-51B)
- New upgraded FMS sequencer which closes the gear doors after gear is down
- Newly upgraded tail feathers with hardpoints for glueless assembly
- New 17g hybrid metal gear servos
- New open air intake (same as P-51B)
- New gold PAEP motor New 70A ESC with EC3 connector
- New single wire connector for easy wing removal (same as P-51B)
- New FMS retracts with 6 second open/close for more scale operation
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This is my first foamie. Wing joining has issues as stated by others but filing them down to fit is a easy task. The clevises are not usable. Get yourself a dozen clevises "Dubro Metric Clevis (4pcs) for 1.3-1.4mm" and you will be set for good. That's all the negatives. Now for the positives. I am blown away how this airplane fly's. Gears up and it thinks it's a pattern plane. The guys at my flying club could not believe the way it tracks. It snaps, spins hammerheads knife edges which I did not expect. I used a 4s 500Mah battery as far back as i could place it. It has no bad stalling tendencies or no bad tracking problems taking off. You only need the slightest rudder taking off. Three guys wanted to fly it and every one said they could not believe how good it fly's. I have been flying RC planes for 38 years, so I know what I'm talking about. You will be happy if you buy this plane.
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I got the Petie 2 version of this plane and while it went together pretty well, there some issues. The first was that the reinforcing tubes in the wings were too long and had to be filed down, a lot. In addition, the foam needed to be shaved down and cut to the dihedral angle of the wings. If you don't do this, the wings roots will stick out of the fuse and look weird. The second and more serious problem was that one of the mounting plates in the fuse for the wings was just not there so I had to use a piece of aluminum and drill and tap it for the wing screw. The third issue is the motor is installed off center so that the prop spinner is noticeably off center on the fuse. Also the gap in the bottom of the wing where the two halves come together was pretty large and needed to be filled with putty. The foam on the fuse is good but the wings has some areas of open cells that I will have to fill with some varathane. I also had trouble with the gear doors as they must have got out of sequence the first time I operated the gear and the servos pulled the clevis so hard that the pins in the clevis ripped out which probably didn't take much force since they are kind of flimsy. I replaced them with some extras I had for a Flightline Spitfire that are much better. Once I got them replaced, the doors sequenced correctly with the gear. The last at most serious problem was the pushrods for the rudder and elevator broke out of the notches inside the fuse and allowed them to flex way too much. I glued a piece of foam from the box the plane came in to force and hold them in the notches and then they worked ok. Overall, the plane came out all right but I have to say that this plane was of much lower quality than the Flightline Spit and P38 that I have.
I am used to building planes with balsa wood. This gets me in the air in hours.
I was expecting much better quality from reading reviews, this is only my second foamie although I have been in the hobby for over 35 years. My other foamie is a freewing me-262 and it is far suporier to this kit. Guess I'll go back to balsa and fiberglass for my next project
This is my third Mustang the other two met their fate by the foam hinges coming apart so this one I will be putting stronger hinges on. Over all it is a great plane. Would like to see a little stronger landing gear struts on landing they sometimes would collapse if the plane turns sharp after it lands also the horizontal stabilizer and vertical Stabilizer could use bigger screws I ended up like the others I had I used a little shoe goo on them to hold them in. I had to grind off some of the wing strut so the wings would fit better. It is a little slow so I will be upgrading it to a bigger motor and ESC but for now it flies good enough. I get lots of nice comments on this plane.
This is a preflight review of to point out some down points. I have found this plane to be lacking in tail assembly of vertical stab as it has a poor fit and requires to be trimmed to fit past elevator joiner. It took a bunch of fiddling to get it to sit in place. The stab attachment screws had to have a lead put on them so to guide them in place to tighten stab. The wing attachment points were soft plastic as well and one of them stripped out and had to be drilled out to the cockpit and a long 2-56 screw was had pushed thru and a small piece of ply and a nut was used to pull wing into saddle. ALso the area for the rx was to far away for my receiver and foam was removed to allow it to go forward so extensions didn't have to be used and the rx was then low enough to clear cockpit when it was in place. Hope it flys better then it went together.
I have assembled and flown my P-51 Redtail. It is a very scale looking warbird and the fit and finish is very nice. I know it doesn't have a lot of get up and goo with the KV540 but it does fly the plane ands very realistically in my opinion sports I will not be changing motors. I consider myself and experienced advanced pilots( flying turbine jets most of the time) so when it comes to landing the P-51, I understand that it needs to be flown to the ground and it does so with full flaps very scale like. However, the issue. I have after touchdown and rollout ( on a very nice geotex runway) is that due to its light weight , once the tail wheel touches , if you still carry any speed at all, it is not very controllable and almost every time will weathervane and turn sharply , causing it to hop side ways against the outside strut and the strut fork breaks away from the grunion and collapses. Upon inspection of the retract mechanism , I noticed nothing was broken and the strut snaps back on with no problem, but then the retract does work because the grunion bar on the jackscrew has slipped out of its ABS side plate channel and binds. A completed disassembly of the retract is needed to put it back in its track so it won't bind. Ive done this twice now , only getting one flight( unless I want to fly with the retracts down. So after doing a little research, obviously I'm not the only one to experience this issue. A company called Small Parts CNC,( http://smallpartscnc.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=20_115_190_191&product_id=199) offers an aluminum replacement for the original plastic retract side plate assembly for 1400-1450mm FMS retracts. They say they fit the electric retract perfectly. I have a set on order. With the metal sides providing a secure solid tract for the trunion bar to move in, I hope that a little side force on the gear will not cause the trunion to pop out of track. Other than that , it is an excellent model and I love its scale-like flying looks and behavior. ( tip... drop tanks look cool but it flies slightly better with them off)
Plane looks great right out the box. Two issues i had was the wing spar tubes stuck out to far had to grind them so the wing would seat properly. Don't like the way the vertical and horizontal stabilizer is ******* together with 3 little screw. Had some play in both. Make screws bigger may solve the problem
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